HEARTS LADIES boss Grant Scott was delighted as his team breathed new life into their Scottish Women’s Premier League survival bid by defeating city rivals Hutchison Vale 2-1.
The Jambos are still four points from safety although goals from Brogan Anderson and trialist Kirsty McLaughlin brought to an end a run of recent defeats.
Hayley Cunningham’s late strike gave Hutchie hope of rescuing a point but it proved too little, too late. “It was a big result for us as we needed the win to stop the rot,” said Scott.
“We had a good week in training, an honest chat with the squad and, at the end of it all, we have produced a dominant performance. It was a fraught end to the game because we were nervous. The girls fought for everything.”
Meanwhile, Lizzie Arnot was Hibs Ladies’ hat-trick hero as the Easter Road side defeated Spartans 3-0 at Ainslie Park.
Hibs manager Chris Roberts said: “Lizzie is a very unselfish player and it’s great to see her get her reward with a hat-trick. She is the top of the charts with assists this season but is also a great finisher in her own right.”
Spartans boss Debbi McCulloch was left disappointed by the outcome and believes her side were once again on the receiving end of a poor refereeing decision.
She said: “To concede a penalty kick for an infringement that was outside of the box, is difficult to take. Small decisions are not going our way just now and they are having a big impact on our results.”