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Paisley Pirates – Update

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Paisley Pirates go into their Scottish National League match at North Ayr this Saturday (face off 6.30) boosted by their season’s best 14-1 win over Kilmarnock Storm, but with their coach in very cautious mood about their forthcoming trip to the seaside in Ardrossan.

“Yes, it’s a totally different proposition we’re facing this weekend, with all due respect to the boys at Kilmarnock,” commented coach Ian Turley.” North Ayr are probably one of the form teams in the league at the moment, they’ve been a totally different side since some of their more established players returned to them earlier in the season, and I reckon they will fancy their chances of beating us. Our home record remains at 100% after we took care of business against the Storm, but away from home we’ve struggled a bit and that’s a concern.”

“I think that the Wild start favourites for this game, and that’s not doing our players any disservice, it’s just that the hosts are playing very well at the moment, and just like we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone at the Braehead Arena just now, equally, they’ll be rating their chances of turning us over at the Auchenharvie Leisure Centre on Saturday night.”

“The league is very open this year and with Dundee Tigers turning over Edinburgh Capitals in Edinburgh on Sunday the title race is wide open with maybe five or six teams, the Wild and ourselves included, looking to be top of the pile at the end of it all. The North Ayrshire blokes have a couple of guys in their side who used to wear a Pirates’ top and, equally, we’ve got a few players who used to ice for the Wild, so there’s always a wee bit extra spice in the matches against each other. I know the North Ayr boys always enjoy a win against us, and we’ll be no less keen to win at the weekend, but we need to find the kind of form away from Braehead that has been missing so far this season.”

“It makes for an interesting and, I hope, very entertaining game at the weekend, and I’m hoping that our very vociferous fans will make the relatively short journey to Auchenharvie to cheer us on, in games like these, every single bit of support might be enough to tip the balance, so the more fans in the red, white and black we can hear cheering us on Saturday, the better I’ll like it!”


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Paisley Pirates return to action after the festive break on Sunday (10 January) with a home league match against Kilmarnock Storm (face off 6.00pm).

“It will be good to get back into action after a couple of weeks off,” said coach Ian Turley. “Our last match was the 2-1 win against Dundee Comets just before Christmas, and while it was fine to get the feet up for a wee while and enjoy the festivities, it’s always nice to get back on the ice. We’ve got a busy spell of matches coming up, every one of them important, starting with the match against the Storm.”

“They’ve struggled a bit this season and lost a whole lot of players early on, but sometimes adversity brings a team closer together so we’ll not be preparing for this match any differently from any other fixture. Their coach, Myles Watson, is well known to Pirates’ fans as he skippered the last Paisley side to win the Scottish Cup in 2005, and he’s brought along a whole bunch of youngsters who are getting regular ice time, which will speed up their development no end. They’re going to break their duck against someone this season, so we’ll just have to be very sure that it’s not against us!”

“We’ve got difficult looking matches too for the rest of the month, as we have an away trip to face a vastly improved North Ayr side the following week before hosting Edinburgh Capitals, then at the end of the month we go to Elgin to face Moray Typhoons, a rink where we’ve sometimes struggled, so no match is a gimme, and in the time honoured tradition, using a well known cliché, we’ll be taking one game at a time. It’s a well used phrase, but it’s no less best practice as the only way to approach matches, so we’ll be looking to take care of business against the boys from Killie before we look ahead to the next match.”

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