Women’s football: Spartans or Hearts for top six

Debbi McCulloch
Debbi McCulloch
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Spartans manager Debbie McCulloch insists her team should not have been drawn into a battle for the final slot in the Scottish Women’s Premier League top six.

The Ainslie Park girls face Hearts tomorrow at King’s Park, Dalkeith (kick-off 2pm) knowing victory would secure their place in the top six for another season, whilst defeat could allow their opponents to snatch it from their grasp.

“Spartans are a top-six side and shouldn’t be going into the final fixture before the split still looking secure our place,” said McCulloch. “However, that’s where we find ourselves and if we perform like we can I have no doubt we will win. We will need to be more clinical and take the many chances we’re creating. I have complete faith that what we’re doing will come good.”

Hearts boss Grant Scott is hoping to make home advantage count as his side look to secure their SWPL status at the earlier possible opportunity.

He said: “It’s a one-off game, one-versus-one, with a potential top-six place on offer and it would be a massive achievement. It’s been difficult to keep a lid on the girls’ excitement because we would love to play at the top-six level.”

Hutchison Vale manager Andy Enwood believes his side must take something from tomorrow’s encounter with Forfar Farmington at Station Park (kick-off 2pm) to give themselves a real chance of SWPL survival. Hutchie are five points from safety. “The main thing is that we don’t’ get beat,” he said. “We obviously want to win but a draw wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.”

Hibs Ladies host Inverness City at East Mains training centre (kick-off 2:30pm) and assistant coach, Claire Ditchburn, has warned her players not to let standards drop.

She said: “We want to carry on our positive run of form.

“It’s the final game before the break and we must be professional. It’s important that we go into the break maintaining our excellent form so that we can attack the second half of the season.”