Hutchison Vale eye three points for survival

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HUTCHISON VALE manager Ian McDonald believes his women’s side can end any lingering relegation fears this weekend by defeating strugglers Buchan.

Victory for Hutchie at Saughton Enclosure tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) would see them move eight points clear of their opponents with six games to play. McDonald’s side go into the game on a high after ending their long wait for a league win last weekend with victory over Falkirk, but he knows his side will need a repeat performance.

He said: “Last weekend’s win was a big weight off everyone’s shoulders and a win tomorrow should be enough to see us safe.

“Our confidence is up again but we won’t take them lightly because they have already beaten us this season.

“They are scraping for their lives and will be desperate to beat us so they can pull us back into the pack.”

Elsewhere, Spartans aim to build on last week’s excellent victory over Rangers by picking up another three points – this time against SWPL shock-troops Aberdeen. The Dons have squeezed into the top six with a dramatic last-gasp win over Celtic.

Spartans Manager Debbi McCulloch insists her side will need to be at their best in tomorrow’s encounter at Ainslie Park (1pm).

She said: “Aberdeen have improved dramatically since last season and have recently strengthened their squad by signing experienced Scotland international Rachael Small. “We will need to be at our best.”

Meanwhile, Hibernian travel west to face Rangers at Petershill Park, Glasgow (2pm).