Hibs boss hopeful despite toughest start in seven years

Chris Roberts
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Hibs Ladies boss Chris Roberts has described the first half of this season’s campaign as the toughest of his seven years in charge.

The Hibees host Aberdeen at Ainslie Park tomorrow afternoon before the league takes a six-week break ahead of next month’s European Championships in the Netherlands.

The Capital outfit have already retained the SWPL Cup and currently sit two points clear of champions Glasgow City at the top – although Scott Booth’s side do have a game in hand.

Roberts’ side haven’t been without their problems, though, winger Lizzie Arnot having been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament whilst captain Joelle Murray has only recently returned from a stress response tibia fracture.

“It’s been really tough with the injuries we’ve had but it’s also been a really hard schedule,” Roberts said. “There’s been more pressure on the girls who are involved in the Scotland squad to be fit ahead of the Euros. It’s been as full on a half season certainly since I’ve been at the club. But we’ve already won a trophy, are sitting top of the league and have scored over 60 goals so it’s been a real positive.

“We want to go on to the break on a high but Aberdeen will be a tough side despite their league position.”

Elsewhere, Spartans Women visit Rangers whilst in SWPL 2, Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale travel to Glasgow Girls and Hearts are at Buchan.

Meanwhile, Hibs have drawn Romanian side Olimpia Club-Napoca, WFC-2 Kharkiv of Ukraine and Swansea City in the qualifying round of the Champions League. Olimpia Club-Napoca will host the matches that are scheduled to be played between August 22-28. The group winners automatically qualify for the last Round of 32.