Hibs Ladies wary of Spartans backlash

Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts.

Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts.

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Hibernian Ladies manager Chris Roberts insists form goes out the window in derby fixtures and has warned his side they may face a Spartans’ backlash.

Hibs currently top the 
Scottish Women’s Premier League with maximum points after three fixtures, whilst 
Spartans lost heavily against Rangers last weekend.

Tomorrow’s derby at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2pm), sees both clubs battle it out for a place in the last four of the SWPL Cup.

“It’s a massive game for both clubs,” commented Roberts. “Reaching the semi-final of the competition is all the incentive either side need to go out and get a result.

“No disrespect to Hutchison Vale and Hearts, but Spartans against Hibs is the big Edinburgh derby.

“It will be a battle, a challenge and it will likely be won by the team that wants it most on the day.

“Like all derbies, form goes out of the window and we will need to be at the top of our game tomorrow.

“Spartans have lost their 
best player from last season 
in Kerry Montgomery, but 
they are still a side full of 
quality.

“They may have lost last weekend against Rangers – who are a decent side themselves – but that result could’ve gone either way and Spartans will be desperate to get back to winning ways.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale take on holders Glasgow City at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (kick-off 2:30pm).

The Black and Yellows go into the game buoyed after recording their first league win of the season last weekend against Hamilton.

Victory over the Accies gave the Edinburgh girls a timely confidence boost, however they will need to be at their very best against a Glasgow City side that rarely taste defeat.

“If you want to win the 
competition then you 
need to beat the best teams,” said Hutchie boss Andy 
Enwood.

“The last time we faced City we went in with a specific game plan but still lost 5-0 such is their quality.

“We want to improve on 
the last time we played 
them and whilst we are not writing off our chances, we are realistic.

“Aberdeen proved last weekend against City that they can be matched so we will give it our all.

“As a club we are making huge improvements on and off the field and victory tomorrow would be another massive stride forward.”