INTERVIEW: Wishart backs Lynx title challenge

INTERVIEW: Wishart backs Lynx title challenge
Steven Wishart (second right) pictured here with Ryan Bushnell, Diane Farmer, head coach David Smith, Lewis Leslie and Ian Kelly, is expecting a tough battle against Aberdeen Lynx on Sunday (Photo by Steve Gunn)

Steven Wishart (second right) pictured here with Ryan Bushnell, Diane Farmer, head coach David Smith, Lewis Leslie and Ian Kelly, is expecting a tough battle against Aberdeen Lynx on Sunday (Photo by Steve Gunn)

KIRKCALDY KESTRELS’ Steven Wishart believes Sunday opponents Aberdeen Lynx are capable of challenging for the SNL title this season.

The current champions continue their defence when Barry Carnegie brings his team to Kirkcaldy in what could be an interesting clash.

But ‘Wish’ reckons there’s plenty of goals in the team throughout and after missing some personnel last Saturday in their 9-4 win over Kilmarnock Storm, they should be stronger.

He said: “The Lynx are certainly a dangerous club and have enjoyed some good results recently. I’ve always found them to be a team that know how to score and I expect it to be a real test for us on Sunday.

“In terms of the title, Edinburgh will be up there, but I expect Paisley, Solway and Dundee Comets to be in the mix this season and I think we could see Lynx and Dundee Tigers challenging too.

“Conor Duncan and Allan Anderson did well with their goals on Saturday, but we have plenty of players throughout the team that we look to to finish.

“Guys like Daryl Venters, Andy Finlay and Robin Floyd are also expected to weight in, to name a few with our youngsters Sean Cochrane and Chad Smith chipping in.”

Kestrels haven’t had the start to the season as they would have liked after an early exit in the Autumn Cup and are currently second behind Edinburgh Capitals.

Only a loss to the Caps have stopped them from getting a 100% record as they go into weekend behind by only two points and could go top on goal difference with Edinburgh idle this weekend.

WIshart feels there’s more to come from this team and revealed the key to their success in the SNL in recent years.

He added: “The start to our season has been slightly hampered by suspensions and injuries to vital players since we played Whitley Warriors in pre-season.

“We’ve had nine in total, with players like Chad Reekie out with a broken rib and Rudi Cairns out through a knee injury and they are still absent.

“While Chad will be back next month, Rudi is still awaiting results from an MRI scan and could be more long term.

“But I feel there is a lot more to come from the team this season as we get guys back in the line up and I would say hard work, commitment and dedication within the squad along with the desire to win has been key.

“It’s a big game and we usually get up to 300 Fife Flyers coming to support us. However, with them playing Edinburgh in the Elite League it may be difficult to achieve that kind of figure.

“I hope they decide to come and watch us instead of heading over the Forth though.”

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Solway Sharks coach Jamie Kerr is delighted with his young team's battling qualities Steven Wishart (second right) pictured here with Ryan Bushnell, Diane Farmer, head coach David Smith, Lewis Leslie and Ian Kelly, is expecting a tough battle against Aberdeen Lynx on Sunday (Photo by Steve Gunn)

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