Spartans and Vale set for Women’s Premier League clash

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EDINBURGH football rivals Spartans and Hutchison Vale go head-to-head tomorrow in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and Ainslie Park boss Debbi McCulloch insists the game is coming at the right time for her side.

Last weekend, both clubs threw away commanding leads to draw with Forfar Farmington and Buchan respectively and Spartans will be looking to make home advantage count (kick-off 1pm) in the knowledge that victory would see them overtake Hutchie Vale in the standings.

Manager McCulloch said: “Tomorrow’s game is going to be tough as Hutchie are a hard team to break down and have had a good start to the season.

“We are, however, playing some great football just now and will look to continue in that frame of mind.

“We are starting to score goals from a variety positions on the pitch and hopefully we can create chances to put away against our city rivals.”

After an impressive start to the season Hutchie Vale have stumbled lately and haven’t won any of their last four encounters, however boss Ian McDonald is confident his side can get back to winning ways tomorrow.

He said: “Results haven’t gone our way recently but nevertheless we are confident going into tomorrow’s game.

“On our day we know that we can compete and match up with clubs such as Spartans, so we go into the game with no fear. Over the last few years we have raised our game against the bigger teams and I don’t see it being any different tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Hibernian Ladies aim to maintain the 100 per cent winning start to the season when they travel north to take on Buchan for a rare chance to sample something other than a synthetic pitch.

The match, which takes place at the home of Maud Juniors (kick-off 2pm), presents the Hibees with a rare opportunity to play on grass and manager Willie Kirk insists no-one from his side will be blaming the park if the result goes against them.

“Buchan will certainly be tricky,” commented the Hibs boss. “They picked up a good point away to Hutchie last weekend and will be full of confidence.

“We have had a couple of sessions on grass to ready ourselves for this game because we rarely play on it anymore given the number of clubs with artificial pitches these days.

“We will travel north in search of three points and if we work hard we will achieve this. There won’t be anyone blaming the pitch.”