It’s a big Sunday in the SWPL with a ‘first versus second’ match in the SWPL with Glasgow City travelling to Hibernian. But whilst that undoubtedly takes the focus, the SWPL 2 should not be forgotten with its own top two clash. And just like the SWPL 1, the SWPL 2 also sees third host fourth.
Third vs Fourth
Hutchison Vale travels to the Superseal Stadium to take on Hamilton with a chance of breaking into the top three.
Hutchie had dropped points in three successive games in May, and that saw them drop away from the top three. But they’ve since turned around their form, winning their past three games and now they can overtake Hamilton.
Hamilton had been leading the SWPL 2, but a defeat to Glasgow Girls on the 26th June saw them relinquish top space, and then their defeat to Hearts saw them drop down into third place.
Earlier in the season, Hutchison Vale beat Hamilton 2-1.
First versus Second
But at the top of the table, Glasgow Girls host Hearts. Glasgow Girls has perhaps come under the radar this season, perhaps not picking up the spectacular results their rivals have, but consistently picking up victories. They’ve only lost twice this season, and have been unbeaten since their fifth league game.
Glasgow Girls’ defence has been spectacular, conceding just eleven goals and their success has been built upon a strong team ethic with their young players improving. The club’s first aim was to secure safety and if they win against Hearts, that will they be safe. But George Patterson, the Head Coach of Glasgow Girls, will want to move on fro that first target and build towards a title challenge.
On Hearts, he said, “Should be a tough game with two in-form teams. I am sure most people will still have Hearts down as favourites however as I have said all season I believe in this great group of girls and they fear no one as wee look to extend our great run of form.”
Hearts, though , should not be underestimated, and they are on a great run of form themselves. They’ve just beaten Hamilton Academical in successive games, including knocking them out of the Scottish Women’s Cup.
Like Glasgow Girls, they’ve conceded just eleven goals, and their attacking unit is one to be feared. And whilst they have scored more goals than the home side, (46 goals compared to 26), there is one statistic where Glasgow Girls are superior to Hearts.
The Edinburgh club has lost just once in the league. And that was a 2-0 defeat to Glasgow Girls.
Whatever the results in these two matches, they will be critical in the hunt for the title.