Women’s football: Crunch games for Hearts and Hibs

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It’s Judgment Day for Hearts and Hibs Ladies in the Scottish Women’s Premier League as both clubs go into crucial contests tomorrow knowing nothing less than three points will suffice.

Highly-pressurised encounters are nothing new for the Edinburgh rivals, however, on this occasion, they are fighting for very different purposes.

Hearts take on Forfar Farmington at Station Park (kick-off 2pm) knowing they will be relegated from Scotland’s top-flight if they fail to win.

Jambos’ boss Grant Scott insists his side need to stand up and deliver, saying: “We need to take the game and the fight to Forfar.

“Last weekend’s defeat against Hamilton was a massive disappointment, not just because of the result, but because of the way we lost it.

“We know what this team is capable of and last weekend we fell a long way short of that standard.

“There has been a bit of soul-searching this week and I guess it is in scenarios like this that you really get to see whether you have the right kind of players at your club.

“It’s Forfar’s to throw away but victory would give us a massive shot in the arm and we will fight on until it is mathematically impossible. We will fight on.”

Hibs tackle league leaders Glasgow City in a proverbial six-pointer at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2pm), knowing that their opponents will be crowned champions for a tenth successive season if the girls in green drop any points.

“The girls know what is at stake and they know we must win,” commented boss Chris Roberts. “Winning is the minimum requirement and if we don’t, then it’s over as it will be too much to claw back.

“There is very little between the teams and if we play to our potential we have a great chance because on our day we can beat anyone.

“No motivation is needed for this one. We cannot go into the game hoping that something will happen, we need to go make it happen.

“There are no secrets at this stage of the season because we all know one another inside-out, but we will look to exploit their weaknesses.”

Elsewhere, Spartans take on Aberdeen at Heathryfold Park, Aberdeenshire (kick-off 1pm) and already relegated Hutchison Vale host Hamilton Academical at Saughton Enclosure (kick-off 2pm).