Women’s football: Spartans can feel proud, says Briggs

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SPARTANS midfielder Steph Briggs insists the club have gone from underdogs to a team to be feared this season.

The Scotland youth internationalist was commenting ahead of the Ainslie Park girls’ clash with Aberdeen at Sunnybank Juniors, Aberdeen tomorrow (kick-off 2pm), and she revealed they have every right to feel proud of their achievements this term.

Briggs said: “We have enjoyed a very good season and it just goes to show hard work really does pay off. We’ve consistently hit our peak throughout the season and are getting the results we deserve.

“Now we are coming towards the end of the season we just need to keep our form and hope to take three points from each of our remaining games.

“We have already improved on last season’s points total and will finish higher up in the league, so no matter what happens in the final few weeks, we are going to be proud of ourselves.

“We have shocked many teams by making the top six as we were the underdogs and by sitting third in the table it just goes to show that Spartans are a team to fear.

“We believe in ourselves and can still finish the season in second place because football is a funny sport and anything can happen. Staying ahead of Celtic and catching Hibs goes hand-in-hand and we can achieve both by winning our remaining games.”

Hibernian host Rangers at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2pm) just seven days after the Easter side defeated the same opponents in the Scottish Cup.

Manager Willie Kirk has warned his players to guard against a backlash, saying: “They will be looking for revenge and would be disappointed to go a full season without beating us, as there has been so little between the clubs.

“We’re desperate to clinch second and we know three points finishes it, but our selections will be shaped by the final as we do not want suspensions or knocks.”

Meanwhile, Hutchison Vale travel north to take on Buchan at Maud Junior FC, Aberdeenshire (kick-off 2pm), while Hibernian Development can wrap up the Second Division South East title with victory over Heart of Midlothian Development at Meggetland Sports Centre (kick-off 1.15pm).

Should the Hibees second string fail to take full points, Spartans Reserves can pip them to the championship with victory over Edinburgh Caledonia at Spartans Academy (kick-off, noon).