Murrayfield Racers wary of threat posed by Aberdeen Lynx as Lewis Gold hails Garry Simpson after impressive debut

Same team, different week for Racers as they welcome Aberdeen Lynx on SNL duty

Saturday, 14th December 2019, 7:30 am
Lewis Gold (far right) in action for Racers against Belfast

Murrayfield Racers face off on home ice against familiar opposition in Aberdeen Lynx tomorrow on Scottish National League business (face-off 6pm) in their only game of the weekend.

It will be the third time the two sides have met in Racers’ last four games after the Capital outfit enjoyed a huge 14-1 aggregate victory in the semi-final of the Stuart Robertson Cup.

However, Racers forward Lewis Gold has warned if Aberdeen turn up ready to play, fans could see a “completely different game”.

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Gold said: “The fans might not be getting too excited about this one because we’ve had a couple of big results against them recently and even with a short-bench last Saturday we went up there and performed really well (in a 5-0 second leg win).

“We all need to remember that Aberdeen have some talented players as well and if they turn up ready to play it could be a completely different game, so we need to be ready for that.”

Racers, who last season won the inaugural Stuart Robertson Cup, move on to face Gold’s old club Dundee Comets in a home and away final next weekend and he continued:

“That’s why a lot of us joined the Racers, to have a chance to play at a higher level, and to be successful. We all want to win trophies and have those cup final days out and hopefully celebrate with the fans afterwards. It’s a fantastic opportunity, but we’ve had to put the work in. None of this gets handed to you, we’ve had to come together as a team.”

Tomorrow’s match will be the club’s first outing since a comfortable 8-3 victory over Belfast Giants SNL at Murrayfield last Sunday, which saw a debut for new signing Garry Simpson. The 19-year-old played on a line with Gold, who scored twice in the win.

Gold was impressed by the former Kirkcaldy Kestrel player’s performance and said: “For being a young lad, he’s got power and he’s got speed. He set up my second goal, so to have that awareness to see me coming into the zone and being able to dish me a nice pass. He ticks all the boxes of being a good line-mate.

“I’ve played against him for the last two years. He was still playing in a cage (a full face-mask, mandatory for all players under the age of 18), but we still noticed him out there. Garry’s clearly going to be a good signing for us.”