Hutchison Vale manager Andy Enwood acknowledges his side face an uphill challenge in their quest to finish top of the bottom six in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
Recent results have seen the black and yellows fall behind rivals Hamilton Accies and Inverness City in the battle for seventh place.
Hutchie travel north tomorrow to face Buchan at Maud Juniors, Aberdeenshire with boss Enwood warning his side not to let all their hard work this term go unrewarded.
He said: “It’s now going to be difficult to finish where we want to and we are looking for results elsewhere to go our way.
“It would be harsh on the girls if we finished the season on a disappointing run, so we cannot let it fritter away to nothing.
“We want to finish as strongly as we can and having beaten last season’s points total already there is lots of positives to take and still to play for.
“We cannot afford to take Buchan lightly, they’re fighting for their lives to avoid relegation and will be very difficult opponents.”
Elsewhere, Hibernian host Rangers at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2.00) as third host second in the top six’s stand-out fixture.
Hibs Manager Chris Roberts admits his team’s preparations have been far from ideal, commenting: “Five of the girls have been away with Scotland Under-19s in Albania for ten days and only returned home late on Friday night.
“We know we are in for a difficult 90 minutes. Rangers have a new manager and go into the game on a good run of form – as do we.
“When we faced them just after the summer break, we did so without ten players and to get something from the game was very good.”
Meanwhile, Spartans face a daunting trip west to take on undefeated Glasgow City at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (kick-off 2.30).