PAISLEY Pirates got their Scottish National League campaign off to the best possible start at the weekend with a convincing 9-2 away win against Kilmarnock Thunder followed by a 5-2 win over the Dundee Tigers at Braehead. 

First up for the Paisley side was a trip to Ayrshire to take on Thunder on Saturday, with the Pirates getting off to a blistering start to go four up inside the opening 10 minutes. 

Martin Guy opened the scoring for the visitors with less than two minutes on the clock before Mikey Wilson, Felix Huber and Karol Divok set the tone for the evening with a commanding lead.

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And Calum Henderson made it 5-0 before the first buzzer to secure the points.

The hosts did hit back but Henderson grabbed his second of the night before skipper Chris Turley extended the lead. 

Ryan Sarginson made it 8-1 at the beginning of the final period and while the Thunder did manage a consolation, Turley’s late strike rounded off a comfortable night. 

Pirates made it a four point weekend the following evening as they saw off a plucky Dundee side. 

Divok ensured it was another quick start with his strike opening the scoring six minutes in but the Pirates were shocked minutes later as the visitors levelled. 

Henderson restored the home side’s lead to send them ahead at the first interval.

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Henderson then secured his double before a rare goal from Warren Crawford and Divok’s second had the Pirates cruising before Tigers pushed on and grabbed the last goal of the evening. 

Pirates face their toughest test of the season so far as they welcome treble winners Dundee Comets to Braehead Arena this Sunday in a 5pm face-off.