Hibs Ladies boss Chris Roberts hopes the incentive of ending this weekend top of the league can spur his players on to victory over reigning champions Glasgow City.
The SWPL 1’s top two meet at Albyn Park tomorrow afternoon where a huge three points is up for grabs. Visitors City are currently leading the pack, two points better off than the Hibees, who go into the game in fine fettle following last Sunday’s emphatic 19-0 win over Renfrew in their Scottish Cup third-round clash.
But, Roberts insists his squad appreciates the magnitude of tomorrow’s encounter and the potential rewards.
“We’re not underplaying just how important tomorrow’s game is, not at all,” he said. “It’s a huge game, we’re aware of it and I’m sure they are too. City don’t really drop a lot of points in the league so if we want to win the title then realistically we need to take the points.
“I would say a minimum of four points is required from our two remaining games with City and that’s only if you are able to keep a 100 per cent record against the other teams in the division.
“But we’ve got that incentive that we can go top if we can win the game. We’re focused on what we’re doing and the way we see it is that if we can win every game between now and the end of the season then we’ll be champions.”
Hibs overcame City 2-1 in June’s League Cup final, but Roberts is adamant their success will have no bearing on tomorrow’s match.
“I don’t think so. I think if that were us in that position I’d be using it as some real motivation,” he explained. “They have been treble winners for so many years now so they’re hugely experienced and have a real winning mentality. They are still favourites to win the league and will see it as an opportunity to extend their lead over us to five points.”
Elsewhere this weekend, it’s third versus fourth as Spartans play host to Celtic at Ainslie Park and in SWPL 2, Hearts could go top if they pick up three points from their trip to current leaders Glasgow Girls. Hutchison Vale are away to Hamilton.