Women’s football: No fear for Hutchie Vale

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HUTCHISON VALE manager Andy Enwood insists his side have nothing to lose and can play without fear against Glasgow City tomorrow.

Hutchie take on the Scottish Women’s champions at Saughton Enclosure (kick-off 1.00pm) after fighting back to snatch a draw in their last two fixtures, but will require the same battling spirit to take anything from the best side in Scotland.

“After the Hamilton game, I had a chat with the girls about facing City,” commented boss Enwood, “They’re all looking forward to testing themselves against international players who’re used to playing in the Champions League.

“We’ve had two weeks to prepare for the visit of City, a side that are banging in the goals, but we’ve nothing to lose and have taken confidence from recent results.”

Meanwhile, Spartans boss Debbi McCulloch is looking to renew old rivalries when her team face Inverness City at Ainslie Park (kick-off 1pm).

She said: “Inverness is a good team that are making lots of progress. They will play with pace and purpose. I worked at Ross County for six years and got to know a number of Inverness players so it will be good to see them again.

“I’ve said all along that the three games Forfar, Buchan and Inverness would be important after the tough start we had to the season. So far we’ve won two of the three games. We’re building confidence and want to push on.”

Hibernian Ladies aim to keep pace at the top of the table by defeating Buchan at Maud Juniors, Aberdeenshire (2.00pm).

Manager Willie Kirk, who believes his side are in for a tough encounter, said: “The standard of teams across the league gets stronger every year and there are no easy games. However, the girls are desperate to play and want three points.”