Hearts cling to hope of beating drop

Spartans take on Glasgow City
Spartans take on Glasgow City
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Hearts Ladies manager Grant Scott admits his side will almost certainly be relegated if they fail to defeat Hamilton Academical tomorrow.

With just four Scottish Women’s Premier League fixtures remaining, the Jambos trail Forfar Farmington by four points and the Gorgie girls have little room for error.

Tomorrow they face already relegated Hamilton at New Douglas Park (kick-off 4pm) hoping to keep the pressure on Forfar ahead of next weekend’s clash between the clubs.

Scott has warned his side not to be complacent against an Accies side that will play without pressure now that their immediate future has been sorted.

He said: “It’s always difficult when one team has too much to play for, which invariably leads to a loss of form and a little bit of quality.

“Hamilton will be professional and will want to win the game to prove point to themselves and others.

“That means it will be a potential banana skin for us and everyone needs to be on their game to ensure we don’t slip up.

“I’m realistic enough to know that if we drop any points now, then it’s finished, but we won’t stop fighting until it’s mathematically impossible to catch Forfar.

“Although it is still possible to catch Stirling, I think it is now a head-to-head with Forfar and ourselves for that final place because I cannot see us catching Stirling.

“Even if we beat Forfar we are still needing them to drop points elsewhere, so we must win all four of our remaining games to give ourselves a chance.”

Spartans boss Debbi McCulloch is targeting three points against league leaders Glasgow City as the clubs prepare to clash at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (kick-off 2:30pm).

McCulloch commented: “City are on-form at the moment; they’re at home and they’ll want to bang the goals in.

“They’ve been neck-and-neck with Hibs all season and have finally edged ahead of them, so they will be determined to force home their advantage.

“On paper they have the best squad in Scotland, but no-one is unbeatable and the game is contested on the playing field, not a piece of paper.

“We’ve had three weeks to prepare for this match, which has given us time to get one or two players back from injury.”

Hibs Ladies host Celtic at Albyn Park, Broxburn, whilst Hutchison Vale welcome Stirling University to Saughton Enclosure. Both games kick-off at 2pm.