Hearts ladies bid to shake up city derby tradition

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Hearts Ladies head coach Grant Scott believes his side can shake up Edinburgh’s status quo despite being the “new kids on the block”.

The Jambos face Hibs this weekend in the first-ever competitive meeting of the clubs in the senior game at Kings Park, Dalkeith (kick-off 2pm) and although the newly-promoted Gorgie girls go into the game as underdogs, Scott is confident they can cause the Hibees problems on Sunday.

He said: “Hearts v Hibs is a fixture that will grab a lot of attention, especially as this will be the first meeting, and we would love a decent crowd to come along.

“If I’m being honest, just now, Hibs against Spartans is probably Edinburgh’s top fixture because it’s a long-standing derby, played at the highest level, and we are the new kids on the block, but we are aiming to shake things up in time.

“Hibs will be our toughest test. I expect it to be competitive and they will have a lot of possession, however if we can start well, keep it tight, then they may begin to get frustrated because they will be under pressure to win.

“I’m sure there will be a few nerves before the match but we will simply be telling the players that it is just another game and another step in our learning process.”

League-leaders Hibs are aiming to maintain their impressive start to the season. However, manager Chris Roberts predicts a tough encounter.

“Hearts will try to make it difficult for us,” said Roberts. “They’ve got pace up front and will try to hit us on the break so we will need to be mindful of how far they invite us into their half.

“I know Grant and Kevin [Milne, the former coach] well and they’re fantastic coaches.

“It will be a tough year for Hearts with four teams being relegated this season, but they’ve done an incredible job and I wouldn’t be surprised if they stayed up.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale host Spartans at Saughton Enclosure (kick-off 1pm) in the weekend’s second Edinburgh derby.

Hutchie took the points the last time the teams met and boss Andy Enwood is looking for a repeat performance.

He said: “We showed last year that we are a match for the likes of Spartans on our day and I will be looking for the same effort from the girls.”

Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch said: “It will be another tough game but if we perform like we did last weekend against Hibs then I will be happy.”