NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD coach Stevie Andrews was hoping for a decent play-off finish – now he’s hoping his players can take it further.
The Wild have been the story of the season as they grapple with three other clubs for the SNL title with only a handful of games left.
But it seemed unlikely when the campaign began with a couple of heavy losses and experienced players were missing at the start of the season.
Andrews is dleighted the younger faces that stepped in have cemented themselves in the team as they aim for a final push.
He said: “The aim was always to get in to a good play off position, preferably in the top four. But given the poor start to the season we did, the league wasn’t really on the radar.
“However while we were on a long winning streak it looked like a possibility and I’m delighted to be in the mix.
“Initially we had a few heavy losses but as the younger players gained experience the score lines became more competitive.
“The addition of returning players and new faces lifted the competitiveness of the team further, leaving a number of teams to ponder on points lost to the Wild.
“We started the season short of senior player and a number of young players stepped up and kept the team in the league by turning out.
“These players did the club a great service in ensuring the continuity of the team and a number of them have established their position in the team and hope to see them back in the near future.”
Wild have two games this weekend as they travel to Moray Typhoons on Saturday before returning home to take on Dundee Tigers on Sunday.
Andrews acknowledges that dropping points this late on could be fatal for their title hopes, but remains hopeful their championship rivals can drop points on the way.
But he doesn’t buy into the theory that his team are at a disadvantage because, unlike Paisley, Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy, they don’t have the title winning experience the other sides have.
He added: “The players know that at this point in the campaign that all they can do is try to keep on winning and hope that the other front runners drop some points along the way.
“Realistically for any chance of the league we will need to take all points on offer and we know dropping points could prove to be costly.
“The Wild players have shown that they can deliver winning results so it really comes down to who can deliver on the day.
“When it comes to big games experience always helps but on any given day its up to the team and the individuals in it to deliver on the ice.”