Paisley Pirates travel to Aberdeen Lynx on Saturday for what is likely to be their toughest test of the season so far.
The Pirates lead the SNL with 12 points from six games, but Lynx are just four points behind with a game in hand.
“We’re anticipating probably our hardest fixture of the year to date,” said Pirates’ boss Ian Turley.
“Aberdeen knocked us out in last year’s play-offs before going on to win them, and they’ve further strengthened their squad since then.
“They’ll be playing in front of a partisan sell-out crowd, all of which makes our task very difficult.
“We’ve had a decent record up there, they beat us by the odd goal in nine in the league last year, while we went back in the Scottish Cup and beat them 2-0 in the semi-final, so I think it’s fair to say the spectators are in for a good night.
“We had another big win last weekend, so we’ll be going there with the confidence that a winning run brings.
“But like I’ve said before, every team wants to be the first to lower your colours, so it looks like being quite a match.”
Aberdeen’s 6-2 home victory over Edinburgh Capitals SNL last weekend maintained their unbeaten record and set up what should be a lively encounter against the Pirates.
Forward Jordan Leyden told the Aberdeen Evening Express: “I think Paisley will be our biggest challenge so far this season. They are top of the league for a reason.
“They’re a solid hard working team and we’ve always had really good games against them.
“That being said I think we will be their toughest challenge they’ve faced and we’re pushing to take that top spot off them.”
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