Women’s football: Hutchie make amends for error

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HUTCHISON VALE LADIES took a big step towards Scottish Women’s Premier League safety, just days after an administrative error plunged them back into a relegation battle.

Hutchie believed they had ended any lingering relegation fears weeks ago with a victory over basement side Falkirk, but were last week found guilty of fielding an ineligible player and the points handed to their opponents. That meant they went into Sunday’s fixture with fellow strugglers Buchan just three points from bottom, but they fought out a 3-3 draw.

Manager Ian McDonald said: “It was a hard-earned point at a difficult venue, but we would be lying if we said we weren’t disappointed not to take all three because we had the chances. Although we made a genuine mistake when we fielded an ineligible player, the rules are the rules.”

Elsewhere, Spartans fought back from two goals down against Aberdeen to win 3-2 and keep their hopes of a second-place finish alive.

Meanwhile, Hibs Ladies went down 3-2 at home to Rangers despite leading twice. There was some good news for the Hibees however with the club’s Development side clinching the 2nd Division South East title following a 3-2 win over Heart of the Midlothian Development.