SNL: PAISLEY PIRATES vs DUNDEE COMETS
Sunday, 6pm, Braehead Arena
DUNDEE COMETS go to the west of Scotland as part of the SNL Super Weekend with both sides deadlocked on points, goal difference and the same number of wins.
It’s fifth versus sixth and a chance for one of these teams to climb the table if other results go their way and the Comets will be looking to continue their decent away league form so far when they visit Paisley Pirates.
One defeat in four on the road isn’t bad going for the Tayside men as they look to take the points from Paisley, who come into the game on the back of an impressive 10-1 victory over Moray Typhoons.
The Pirates reached the Scottish Cup semi final with a great away result at Kirkcaldy Kestrels recently, which has reinvigorated them as they look higher up the table.
There’s no doubt a fascinating contest awaits and Paisley are undefeated in their home league matches so far so something has to give, but the incentive of going fourth for one of these teams is a good one.
WHAT THE TEAMS SAY:
Paisley Pirates’ coach Ian Turley:
“We rarely have anything other than a tough night against the Comets and I’m not expecting anything different this weekend.
“The league has opened up a little with Edinburgh unexpectedly dropping three points in their last two matches and there’s a whole number of teams, including ourselves and the Comets, looking to put even more pressure on the favourites.
“I don’t remember the Comets ever coming to Braehead and not putting on a show, so we’ll really have to be firing on all cylinders if we are to overcome them.
“A lot of teams will fancy their chances of catching Edinburgh now, ourselves included, but it will take a concerted effort to do so and I’m just hoping we can finish the pre-Christmas period with a win.”
(Turley’s comments courtesy of the Paisley Pirates website, www.paisleypirates.org)
Dundee Comets team manager Rab Brown:
“It’s felt longer than ever without a game since we lost to Dundee Tigers in the Scottish Cup, but I’m hopeful that the disappointment of losing to them in two competitions has been a bitter pill to swallow.
“I’m hoping that the guys are over it and a bit of hunger has returned and with other teams scores going our way I guess the title is wide open again and our destiny is back in our own hands.
“We know that any team in this league is capable of beating any other and this alone should be the incentive to do our best to achieve our goals.
“We have a real chance to prove our intent this Sunday at Paisley Pirates but know that to come away from Braehead with anything will take all we’ve got against a hungry, experienced, tough squad.
Comets have been a bit hot and cold this season and need to get some kind of consistency going with every game from now being a tough “must win”.”