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Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 Preview – 24 September

The SWPL 2 leaders Forfar Farmington host the bottom-placed side East Fife at Station Park.

Forfar Farmington leads the top of the table by eight points with six games remaining. It means that they are three wins away from taking the title, but they will be taking it one game at a time. In the four league games since the break, Forfar Farmington has won three matches and drawn the other. They have also reached the Semi-Final of the SSE Scottish Cup.

East Fife has picked up just seven points this season and they could be relegated from the SWPL 2 if they lose and Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale and Hearts both win. They will be looking to pick up as many points left in the season – and since the break, they have picked up three draws, including a late equaliser against Glasgow Girls.

In the two meetings between the clubs in the league this season, Forfar Farmington has won both of the matches – by 4-1 and 3-0.

Forfar Farmington will remain first regardless of the result, whilst East Fife could climb up to seventh with a win. A draw will keep them in the league for another week.

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) hosts Jeanfield Swifts with just two points separating the teams, and both clubs in great form.

Since the break, EUHV has been in impressive form. In their four matches, they’ve lost just one – to Forfar Farmington – drawn one and have won the past two matches. That run has seen them increase the gap ahead of the relegation places, and reduce the gap on third place. They are now just five points behind third, and 11 ahead of seventh.

Jeanfield Swifts have picked up the same number of points as EUHV since the break and were unlucky not to take more points against the top two sides in the league. They beat Hearts 3-1 in the last league game and were knocked out of the SSE Scottish Cup Quarter-Final by Glasgow City.

The two league games between the sides have been played at McDiarmid Park this season, with EUHV winning the first match 4-3 and Jeanfield winning the other 2-0.

EUHV will overtake Jeanfield with a win and could climb up to fourth. Meanwhile, Jeanfield could move up one place to third if they win.

Fifth-placed Hearts host third-placed Glasgow Girls.

Hearts’ title race has long petered out and will be looking to end a terrible run of form, losing their past four matches. In the whole of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2, they are the only side yet to have picked up a point since the mid-season break. That form has seen them drop down to fifth place.

Glasgow Girls will be disappointed by conceding a late equaliser against East Fife, but they have picked up some impressive results – including a second-half comeback saw them draw 3-3 with Motherwell. In their past seven matches, they have only lost once and that was against the league leaders.

In the two league games between the sides this season, Hearts won the first encounter 4-1 whilst the sides drew 2-2 in the second match.

Hearts could move up to fourth with a win, whereas they could drop down to sixth if they lose or draw. A point will see Glasgow Girls remain in third, but a defeat could see them drop down to fourth.

Motherwell host Buchan looking to increase their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

That run is the best in the league, and it looked like they could push Forfar Farmington in the title race all the way. But two consecutive draws has seen them lose four points to Forfar and seeing the gap increase to eight points. However, as they are still to play Forfar one more time, the title race is not over yet – and they will be hoping to extend their run to the end of the season.

Buchan sits in the relegation zone and 11 points from safety and needs to pick up points quickly. They cannot be relegated today, but it is getting close to that stage. The win against East Fife looked like they had increased their chances of survival, but they lost their six-pointer against Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale in their last match. But if they can pick up a win, they could keep their hopes alive.

Motherwell has won both of the two league games between the sides – winning the first 4-1 and then the second 5-2.

Motherwell will remain second regardless of the result. Buchan needs to win to remain seventh.

Rank Teams Played Won Lost Drawn Goal difference Points
1 Forfar FarmingtonForfar Farmington 18 14 1 3 42 45
2 MotherwellMotherwell 18 10 5 3 7 33
3 Glasgow GirlsGlasgow Girls 19 9 5 5 7 32
4 St JohnstoneSt Johnstone 18 9 8 1 8 28
5 Edinburgh University Hutchison ValeEdinburgh University Hutchison Vale 18 8 8 2 -4 26
6 HeartsHearts 18 7 9 2 10 23
7 East FifeEast Fife 19 2 11 6 -29 12
8 BuchanBuchan 18 3 15 0 -41 9

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