Women’s football: Hibs wary of Dons threat

Alfie Smith, left, and Chris Roberts

Alfie Smith, left, and Chris Roberts

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HIBS LADIES boss Chris Roberts has warned his side not to become a Scottish Cup scalp ahead of their third-round clash with Aberdeen Reserves.

The Hibees face the Dons’ second string side at the Hibernian Training Centre tomorrow (kick-off 3.00pm) hoping to secure a place in the quarter-finals. “It’s fortunate timing for us because our development side faced them last weekend,” said manager Roberts.

“That has given me the opportunity to sit down with Alfie Smith [the development coach] and discuss their strengths and weaknesses at length.

“No matter what level of football you are involved in, there is always a fairytale in one of the rounds and we don’t want to be the team caught on our heels that everyone is talking about.”

Hutchison Vale Manager Andy Enwood expects a stern test when his side face Falkirk at Saughton Enclosure (kick-off 1.00pm).

He said: “Falkirk are doing well in the First Division and having beaten us in pre-season, they’ll be confident of causing a cup shock. They’ll be motivated to show there isn’t much of a gap between the top of the First Division and the bottom-six of the SWPL.

“However, we have come on leaps and bounds since the start of the season and if we do things in the correct manner then we have a great chance of getting into the quarter-finals.

“We are unbeaten in our last three games, are training well, performing well and we are confident in our ability.”

Elsewhere, Spartans once again travel north, this time to face Forfar Farmington at Station Park (kick-off 2.00pm).

Manager Debbi McCulloch said: “We beat them convincingly earlier this season but I don’t expect it to be as comfortable this time.”