By: Hibernian Media on 17 Aug, 2018 21:57
Hibernian will continue their unbeaten campaign in the Scottish Building Society SWPL this Sunday (19/08/18), against eighth placed side Spartans in the league’s second match day following the summer break.
Competition: Scottish Building Society SWPL.
Location: Ainslie Park, Edinburgh, EH5 2HF.
KO time: 1PM
Admission: £5 Adults, £3 Concessions.
Social: #HibsLadies #SWPL
How Have They Been Doing?
Spartans currently sit bottom of the SWPL. Despite knocking Hearts of the SSE Scottish Cup last weekend, they remain nine games without a win in the league, and have clocked just six points in 14 games.
Hibernian (in previous five games):
W – 4-1 vs Stirling University
W - 5-0 vs Hamilton
W - 4-2 vs Celtic
W - 6-0 vs Forfar Farmington
W - 7-1 vs Spartans
W – 3-0 vs Heart of Midlothian
D – 0-0 Hamilton Academical
L – 2-0 vs Stirling University FC
L - 3-0 vs Rangers
L - 7-1 vs Hibernian
What’s at Stake?
The Hibees currently sit level with Glasgow City at the top of the table, and this match is an opportunity to continue the drive for league success.
Spartans on the other hand are desperate for a win, to lift their chances of avoiding relegation, and should be well up for taking on the league leaders.
In the previous encounter between these two clubs, Hibernian inflicted a heavy defeat on Spartans, running out winners 7-1, with two hat-tricks, from both Abi Harrison and Lizzie Arnot, and a goal from Kirsten Reilly.
Thoughts From The Camp
Hibernian Head Coach Grant Scott has previewed Sunday’s clash, saying, “We’re expecting a tough game Sunday. Although we had a comfortable win back in June against Spartans, we expect a different proposition this time around.
“With a few new recruits, and especially with the return of Debbi as manager, Spartans will be a well organised and disciplined side. Add into the mix that it’s an Edinburgh Derby and Spartans are fighting for points, we will not underestimate the challenge.
“However we are fighting for points also and I expect the players to be ready come kick off.
It was disappointing not to have a match last week as we hoped to maintain the build up of momentum since the restart but I’m sure the ‘week off’ won’t have an adverse effect.
“I have huge belief in this group of players and expect them to settle into the game quickly. We are looking to play well and win the match.”
After scoring against Spartans in the last meeting between the two sides, Hibernian midfielder Kirsten Reilly will be looking to continue her sharp form. Hibs’ No. 32 said, “Everyone’s buzzing to get back into a run of games as we had last week off.
“Training has been good but we know they are a well organised team. It’s a local derby so that adds a little bit more to the game but nothing we haven’t come up against in the past.”
Where to Tune In
Those who can’t make it to Ainslie Park 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.