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Match Preview | Hibernian Women v Spartans

Sunday afternoon sees the return of the SBS SWPL, with Hibernian looking to get off to a winning start.

After playing one game in February, the rest of this year has seen no competitive action for women’s teams in Scotland and it would be an understatement to say we can’t wait to see Hibernian back in action.

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Key details

The Scottish Building Society SWPL league opener sees Hibernian host Spartans at Ainslie Park in a repeat of the previous opening fixture this year.

Our campaign will kick-off at 2pm.

We must stress that supporters are not permitted into SWPL games due to current restrictions and guidelines.

Latest from the camp

After a maiden campaign cut-short, head coach, Dean Gibson, is eager to get back underway: “There is just a buzz about the squad but we know Spartans are going to have the same.

“From what I’ve seen this preseason we are in a much better position than we were at the start of the year. Back in February, we were still a team that was trying to gel and come together but now we are in a much stronger position.

“We know where we are trying to get to, the players know the style of play that we are asking and we are a much different team than what we were in February.

“I’m fully confident that we can go and take three points from the opening game, anything less isn’t acceptable. We will also take that into the rest of the games this season. We want to start off with three points, wins breed confidence and confidence breeds success. We need to build momentum into the key stages of the season but we need to get off to a good start and that starts on Sunday.”

Read Dean Gibson’s preseason overview here.

The lack of football won’t have impacted as many as it has club captain, Joelle Murray. Speaking ahead of the return to football, Joelle said: “Pre-season has been great, everyone returned from lockdown in high spirits and the willingness to work hard and learn has been evident.

“It’s been a long time coming but after a few friendlies we are very much looking forward to the return of competitive games. The league will be more competitive this season with clubs resourcing their Women’s teams more than ever before. It’s exciting for not only Hibernian Women but also for the league in general.

“Sunday can’t come soon enough, we appreciate and respect Spartans strengths, however will try and identify weaknesses we can exploit. It’s always a close, fiercely competed encounter and I’m sure Sunday will be no different.”

Keeping up with the game

Despite supporters not being permitted into games at the moment, we’re keen to keep you right up-to-date with everything on the day.

As usual, we’ll be bringing you the latest build-up, updates and reaction on Twitter, so follow us if you aren’t already: @HibernianWomen

Also, BBC Sport Scotland have continued their commitment to grow the women’s game in Scotland by broadcasting a number of games live and online.

This starts from Sunday, as they’ll be at Ainslie Park ready to bring you all the action.