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Hamilton Academical v Buchan – Featured Match Preview – SWPL 2

The Superseal Stadium, 30 October 2016, Kick-off: 2pm

The title favourites and leaders Hamilton Academical host Buchan looking to seal the SWPL 2 title that a month ago looked beyond them.

Hamilton’s Head Coach Gary Doctor said, “We are really looking forward to the game as it is an opportunity to finish the season as Champions and get to the top division in Scottish Women’s Football. But we must not get ahead of ourselves, we must win again and it won’t be straightforward.”

It was around the middle of the season that Hamilton suffered a mini-blip in form, losing to Glasgow Girls and Hearts – seeing them drop from first to third. They bounced back in form in winning style, but it was perhaps the match between the sides back in August that was a key part in why they currently lead the table. It looked like Hamilton was going to draw with Buchan when Deborah McLeod stepped up and scored a late winner.

This month, Hamilton hosted both their title rivals Glasgow Girls and Hearts – both times, Hamilton produced superb performances to win by two clear goals.

Buchan will arrive at the Superseal Stadium looking to spoil the party. They’ve had good form recently, drawing with Hearts and beating Hutchison Vale and Inverness City – but lost their last match 4-3 with Jeanfield Swifts.

They’ve perhaps struggled with the amount of travel that their geographic location requires but they’ve definitely suffered bad luck recently with late equalisers and could have significantly more points than they do have.

Hamilton has won both of their matches against Buchan this season, beating them 5-2 the last time they played at the Superseal Stadium.

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