Spartans coach McCulloch wary of wounded Dons

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Spartans LADIES head coach Debbi McCulloch has warned her side to be wary of an Aberdeen backlash as they look to build upon their recent victory against Celtic.

The Dons were thrashed 8-0 by Hibernian Ladies and boss McCulloch is expecting a tough afternoon tomorrow at Spartans Academy (kick-off 1:00pm).

She said: “Aberdeen were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat in their last outing against Hibs and will be desperate to bounce back positively against us. Tomorrow’s match will be difficult because they will be really well-organised and disciplined.

“However, we are on our home ground and playing on a fantastic pitch will help us in playing our passing game.

“Despite our victory over Celtic, we will take nothing for granted and will be going all out to play the same way we did in Glasgow – hopefully that will be good enough to come away with the three points. Every game is important in this second half of the season and to close the gap on the top three we need to perform against every team.”

Meanwhile, with champions Glasgow City’s match against Celtic postponed, Hibs have the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table.

They face a difficult away encounter with Forfar Farmington at Station Park (kick-off 4.00pm) and striker Laura Kennedy 
admits her side can’t look any further ahead than tomorrow.

She commented: “Yes, we can close the gap on City to just three points, but first and foremost we need to concentrate on our own game. As long as we do what we are asked then we can put pressure on other teams.

“Forfar will be a tough test as they’ve always been a
difficult team to break down and, 
having added a couple of 
players, they are now stronger than last season. They gave us a very tough game at Albyn Park and, with the league now split, there are no easy games.”

Meanwhile, Hutchison Vale aim to build upon their 
biggest victory of the season (6-0 over Inverness) when they face Hamilton Academical at John Cumming Stadium, 
Carluke (kick-off 2.15pm).

Victory for Hutchie would lift them above Accies in the 
Scottish Women’s Premier League table and keep them on course to finish best of the rest.