Women’s football: Spartans bid to pile on Gers’ misery

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SPARTANS manager Debbi McCulloch is hoping her side can enjoy all the comforts of home as they prepare to host their first match at Ainslie Park for more than a month.

Tomorrow, they face Rangers at Spartans Academy (kick-off 1.00pm) aiming to close the gap on their second-placed opponents in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

The high-flying Gers suffered their first defeat since May when the lost 3-1 to Glasgow City in midweek and McCulloch has warned her side to be wary of a Rangers backlash.

She said: “Rangers are a good team – they will be hurting after the City game in midweek and looking to bounce back. We have beaten them in the cup and drawn with them in the league, so we go into the game confident.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale host Inverness City at Saughton Enclosure (kick-off 1.00pm). “There’s no doubt that Inverness are a very capable side because they have already beaten us 4-1 this season,” Hutchie boss Any Enwood. “There isn’t much between the teams, but they will certainly come down believing they’re favourites.”

Hibernian Ladies face Aberdeen at Sunnybank Juniors (kick-off 2,00pm) and manager Chris Roberts said: “It’s always a tough game up there because their home form is so good.

“They’re a physical side, full of quality players such as Scotland players Rachael Small and Lauren Campbell, whilst we know all about Rebecca Dempster from her time with us. Losing 5-1 to Rangers last weekend was a freak result for Aberdeen and they’re a far better side than that scoreline suggested.”