A NEVER say die attitude from the Paisley Pirates saw them battle back from 4-2 down to snatch a late point in a 10 goal thriller against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Sunday.

Pirates were stunned early on as Kestrels came out firing to put themselves two up with less than two minutes on the clock with Garry Simpson and Chad Smith both getting the better of netminder Graeme Meechan.

The Paisley side hit back quickly after the initial shock when Dale Walker got them on the board 10 minutes in.

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But Kestrels caught the Pirates on the break in the second period to restore their two goal advantage 28 minutes in through Martin Simpson.

Ryan Sarginson hauled the visitors to within a goal once again but just as they looked to be stepping it up, Meechan was beaten for the fourth time with Conor Duncan slotting it home to send them in 4-2 up at the break.

Pirates came to life at the beginning of the third period with Sarginson completing his double to reduce the deficit before Connor Spiers hauled Pirates level for the first time since the opening exchanges.

The hosts were quick to respond with Smith netting his second of the evening to make it 5-4 with three minutes to play.

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There was still life in the Pirates, however, as Martyn Guy fired past David Jackson in the Kestrels goal to secure the point.

Pirates looked a much-improved side from their dismal showing against Dundee Comets last week and now look forward to two trips this weekend as they take on North Ayrshire Wild in Ardrossan before making their way up to take on Dundee Tigers.