Women’s football: Hutchie turn to reserves

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HUTCHISON VALE manager Andy Enwood admits he will have to turn to the club’s reserves to bolster his squad for the final fixtures of the season.

The black and yellows face Hamilton Academical at Saughton Enclosure tomorrow (kick-off 1pm) in the Women’s Premier League on the back of a disappointing run of just one win in their last six games.

Enwood commented: “We’ve been struggling for players in recent weeks for one reason or another, so we will be promoting some of our reserves.

“Our last two results in particular have been very disappointing. Hopefully, the girls will rise to the occasion because Hamilton are one of the top teams in the bottom six.”

Elsewhere, Spartans’ Lana Clelland once again made a telling impact from the substitutes’ bench as she gunned down former club Rangers in midweek. Kerry Montgomery scored the other goal in the 2-0 victory and ensured the Ainslie Park girls’ impressive run continued.

Tomorrow, they face Aberdeen at Spartans Academy (kick-off 1pm) in a dress rehearsal for their Scottish Cup semi-final showdown later this month.

Manager Debbi McCulloch commented: “Aberdeen will be a tough challenge. However, we are on a good run just now and the momentum is with us.

“I’m in a fortunate position that we have a fully-fit squad, which is unusual for this time of the season.”

Meanwhile, Hibs Ladies face Celtic at Lennoxtown (4.00pm) hoping to build on their 4-0 victory over Aberdeen in midweek.

Boss Chris Roberts said: “Celtic are capable of beating anyone in this league and were unlucky to lose to a last minute goal against Glasgow City recently.

“There is very little between the teams as I feel we are both evenly matched, so it will come down to who wants it more on the day or which team gets the rub of the green.”