Hutchie Vale Ladies urged to allay chances of drop

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Hutchinson Vale manager Andy Enwood believes his side have an opportunity in the coming weeks to put some distance between themselves and their bottom-six rivals in the battle of avoid relegation.

The Black and Yellows currently occupy seventh place in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and tomorrow they face Stirling University at the University Campus (kick-off 4pm).

With four clubs facing 
relegation this season, every point is a prisoner and Enwood believes his side are perfectly poised as they head towards the mid-season split.

He said: “We’ve now played all of the top six and are 
sitting seventh in the league table; that’s not a guarantee that we will be there are the split but the signs are positive.

“June is a big month for us; the games against Stirling, Hearts and Forfar Farmington are absolutely massive for us and we’ve a real opportunity to go into the split in seventh place.

“We’re targeting three points tomorrow. However, you can see from Stirling’s results that they’re a fairly well-organised, fit side and because they also play 
together in the university league they’ve an understanding together.

“They’ve drawn with Hearts, Inverness and Forfar, whilst beating Hamilton, so they’re 
obviously very capable.

“It’s in our hands. We’re 
all looking forward to it and hopefully this run of games will see us find our rhythm.

“We’ve had our injury problems in recent weeks that has left us a little threadbare, but we envisage a couple of the girls being back this weekend.”

Elsewhere, Hearts Ladies host Rangers at Kings Park, Dalkeith (kick-off 2pm) and boss Grant Scott is hoping to catch the Gers off guard.

He said: “Rangers finished second last season, but, similar to Celtic, because of the players they’ve lost since then a lot of people have underestimated them.

“I haven’t seen them play 
this season but just looking at their results and league position tells me they will still pose a significant threat.

“We may make changes to our tactics to try and catch them off guard because whilst Rangers are not at the same level as Glasgow City, they’re not far off it.”

Meanwhile, Hibs Ladies 
and Spartans clash at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2pm) looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats.

The Hibees lost out after extra-time during the week to Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup final whilst Spartans were left reeling after a 3-0 defeat from Celtic.