Pressure’s on to win says Vale manager

Spartans Women's FC Manager Debbi McCulloch
Spartans Women's FC Manager Debbi McCulloch
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Hutchison Vale manager Andy Enwood believes the heat will be turned up on his side when they face Hamilton Academical tomorrow.

The Black and Yellows take on the Accies at New Douglas Park (kick-off 4pm) aiming to claim their first points of the campaign following a difficult start.

Hutchie have lost their first two fixtures – to Glasgow City and Rangers respectively – but will be expected to be more offensive in their approach tomorrow.

Boss Enwood commented: “Hamilton are a side in the bottom six and we’ll change a few things for this match, but it’s the first real pressure game of the season for us.

“I felt our performance was on par with Rangers for long spells and tomorrow the expectation will be on us, however we put that pressure on ourselves and we’re going into the game looking to win.

“They lost heavily against Hibs in their last game so they’ll be looking to bounce back and we will need to be at our best.”

Elsewhere, Hearts Women hope to prove their critics wrong when they face Celtic at K-Park, East Kilbride (kick-off 2pm) just weeks after an 8-0 cup thumping from the same opponents.

Jambos boss Kevin Milne said: “It was good to get a point and get off the board against Inverness.

“The Celtic game was a real wake-up call and we’re looking forward to proving to our doubters that we can compete at this level.

“We certainly don’t fear Celtic, we under-performed against them in the cup, whilst they played very well and those two things together are a disaster. We’re mentally more focused now and we’ll look to make things difficult for Celtic.”

Meanwhile, Spartans host Rangers at Ainslie Park (kick-off 1pm) almost one month since they last played competitive football due to the international break and Glasgow City’s Champions League involvement.

Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch believes the enforced break will be proven beneficial for her girls, saying: “ It’s given us the opportunity to keep the squad fresh.

“We’ve done well against Rangers in the last couple of seasons and as we are at home tomorrow we will hope that will give us an advantage.

“In the past we’ve found that one game has defined our season, so we have to take each as it comes and prepare properly.”

In the weekend’s final fixture, Hibs Ladies take on Stirling University at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2pm).