Paisley Pirates go into this weekend’s local derby against North Ayrshire Wild buoyed by their 3-1 success at the home of the reigning SNL champions, Kirkcaldy Kestrels, last Sunday evening in a tight thriller in Fife.
“We played very well against the champions,” said coach Ian Turley as he reflected on the match before looking forward to another tough looking local derby. “Once again, I was delighted that we kept calm and stuck to the game plan which saw us through, just as it had done the previous weekend when we came back against Dundee Comets. It gives us confidence to know we can play for 60 minutes, and it puts a wee bit of pressure on our opponents as they know they won’t get any respite from us over the course of the game.”
He continued, “Sure, as we anticipated, there were times in the match against the Kestrels that we were under pressure, you have to expect that when you’re playing against good teams. What was pleasing, though, was the way in which we dealt with those situations and came out the other side with a win. Our young team is getting better with every game and I’m pleased with the way the newcomers are settling in as if they’ve never played with anyone else.”
“This Sunday we have another challenge in front of us in the form of North Ayrshire Wild. We know they’ve got a good team assembled as they’ve already recorded a win and two draws against good opposition. They’ve got a talented squad, with a couple of former Pirates in their ranks, and they’ll be desperate to put one over us, and equally we’re very keen to put on another performance for our own supporters. I know the Wild will bring a good number of supporters with them so it has all the hallmarks of a noisy local derby, just the way we like them!”
“I keep saying this, and it doesn’t get any less true each time I do-if there’s a more value for money evening around than coming to watch the Paisley Pirates in action, I certainly don’t know about it. The word is getting about that we’re worth a look, and it’s a great family night out without breaking the bank to do it, so get yourselves along to watch us this Sunday at 6.00pm!”