By: Hibernian Media on 15 May, 2018 10:20
Hibernian host Hamilton Academical under the floodlights at Easter Road Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Check out all the information you need to know ahead of the SBS SWPL meeting between the sides.
Competition: Scottish Building Society SWPL.
Location: Easter Road Stadium, EH7 5QG.
KO time: 7.45PM.
Admission: £5 Adults, £3 Concessions.
How Have They Been Doing?
It’s not been an ideal start to the season for Gary Doctor’s side who currently sit bottom of the table after seven games played. Up until the 2-0 win over Spartans last weekend, Hamilton had not scored in the league. They are two points adrift of second-bottom Spartans, however, they do have two games in hand.
In the SWPL Cup, Hamilton made it through the first round with a 2-1 win over Glasgow Girls. But, they came up short in the next round, getting beat by eventual finalists, Celtic, 3-0.
D - 1-1 vs Glasgow City
W - 3-0 vs Stirling University
W - 3-1 vs Glasgow City
W - 3-1 vs Celtic
D - 2-2 vs Glasgow City
L - 4-0 vs Celtic
W - 2-0 vs Spartans
L - 4-0 vs Rangers
L - 2-0 vs Celtic
L - 3-0 vs Stirling University
The last meeting between the two sides came at the beginning of October 2017. The Hibernian supporters at Ainslie Park were treated to a 4-0 victory for the home side.
Amy Gallacher opened the scoring after reacting well to a shot that ricocheted off the post. Katey Turner made it 2-0 early on in the second half before Shannon Leishman netted to put the Hibees three up. Turner scored again to round off a fine performance from the Edinburgh side.
What’s at Stake?
For Hibernian, another three points in the race for the SBS SWPL title and a chance to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Grant Scott’s team have seemed to get into their groove recently and they will be looking to continue that on Wednesday.
Hamilton will see this as a perfect opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the league that they’re going to stay in the top division. A win would see them leapfrog Spartans out of the relegation spot.
Ones to Watch
One of Hibernian’s pre-season signings, Shannon McGregor, has been impressing in recent weeks. The dynamic midfielder started in Sunday’s draw with Glasgow City and certainly made her presence felt; using her pace and ability on the ball to trouble the opposition. Expect to see more from the young No. 10.
Hamilton's Gill Inglis has been one of the top players for the Accies since becoming club captain four years ago. The right back led her team to the SWPL 2 title in 2016 and SWPL 1 survival in 2017. Comfortable at either full back position and more advanced, Inglis has the experience and stomach for a fight against the Hibernian at Easter Road.
Thoughts from the Camp
Hibernian defender Ellis Notley, who has made a strong start to the season, said ahead of the game: “We are looking forward to playing Hamilton, especially as it is at Easter Road.
“I think the pitch will help us play the passing football we are capable of. Hamilton have good players who can pose a threat, so we will look to minimise their chances.
“So far this season we are undefeated and as a team we want to keep it this way while continuing to score goals and keeping clean sheets. Nothing less than three points is what we all want from the game.”
Hibernian’s Head Coach Grant Scott also discussed the upcoming clash: “There’s a quick turnaround for the players this week with our rearranged midweek fixture but it’s a real privilege for them to be playing at Easter Road.
“Hamilton will provide difficult opposition as always, they compete and are very well organised. I’ve no doubt their current league position isn’t a fair reflection on their performances and I have a lot of respect for the way Gary and Bobby set up their side.
“From our perspective, it shows the expectations on our squad that they weren’t completely satisfied with Sunday’s result or performance. We’re fully aware that nothing other than a committed performance will win the points on Wednesday night. But this is another opportunity for our players to express themselves on a great stage and produce a performance worthy of it.”
Where to Tune In
Those who can’t make it to Easter Road but would still like to stay updated with the game can do so via Hibernian’s twitter. Give the team a follow at @HibsLadies for match day coverage, highlights, news updates and more.