Spartans women want more recognition

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Spartans women’s football manager Debbi McCulloch insists it’s time her side were given the recognition they deserve.

The Ainslie Park boss believes too often her team are written off because they are unfashionable, despite consistently challenging for honours in the women’s game.

On Sunday, they twice came from behind to defeat in-form Rangers 6-3 and close the gap on the third-placed Gers to just one point.

McCulloch said: “It was important to get a positive reaction following last weekend’s result and we are absolutely delighted to get three points.

“We played fantastic and despite going behind twice, we showed terrific resolve to fight back and thoroughly deserved our win.

“Rangers will point to defensive howlers being the difference because we punished every opportunity afforded to us, but that is the mark of a top side.

“It annoys me that people are shocked by this result because they shouldn’t be. We have consistently punched above our weight for a number of years and have always been at the top end of the women’s game.

“Spartans don’t get the recognition we deserve because we are not affiliated to a successful SPFL club like others in our league. Because of this it is harder to retain players as they can be more interested in the badge than the club but we have something special here.

“We have fantastic facilities, great player pathways and are up there with the best in the country.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale eased their relegation fears with a convincing 6-0 victory over basement side Falkirk.

The win for Ian McDonald’s side was their first in 11 outings and put some distance between Hutchie and the clubs below them in the league table.

McDonald commented: “We dominated from start to finish, created lots of chances and finally got the goals our play merited so it was very comfortable in the end. So often this season we have fallen behind and have been left trying to fight our way back into games. We targeted getting the opening goal and achieving that gave us something to build on. Finally getting the win is a weight off everyone’s shoulders and the changing room was certainly a happy place afterwards.”

Meanwhile, Hibernian Ladies’ title challenge is over after they crashed to a 4-0 defeat by league leaders Glasgow City.