Busy season ahead for Farmington

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Forfar Farmington have released their fixtures for the upcoming 2014 Scottish Women’s Premier League season.

After last year’s eighth placed finish they start off their season with a home clash against Hibernian on March 16, with a familiar face in the Hibs squad, Farmington’s top scorer last season Caroline Heron.

A trip to Glasgow’s Woodfarm High School falls the following week to play SWPL newcomers Queen’s Park. The Spiders normally play at Lesser Hampden but with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, the pitch is being altered into a warm up area for the athletes.

Next up will be a visit from last season’s rivals for seveth place, Hamilton Academical. The Accies beat Farmington in the second last game of the season in a hard-fought game.

There will be a three-week break until the next game, which will be the hardest game of the season on paper, away to Petershill Park to face eight times league champions Glasgow City.

Another away trip follows, this time at Spartans’ excellent Ainslie Park set-up in Edinburgh before Inverness City visit Station Park after their second place finish in the First Division last season, earning them promotion.

The last two games in May see Farmington visit Aberdeen at Sunnybank Juniors’ Heathryfold Park and then entertain Hutchison Vale at home.

The final three games before the league splits have Forfar at home once and on their travels twice as they again face a side at Petershill Park, this time Rangers and then Celtic the following week at home. The final game in the first half of the season is a long trip to Maud Pleasure Park to take on last season’s strugglers Buchan.

The league will then split into two, with six teams in either group facing each other twice, giving another 12 games, this usually starts around late July.

The club were drawn at home against Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup first round, which was due to be played on the March 2 but Farmington have withdrawn from the fixture.

Forfar Farmington have lost six players this pre-season with top scorer Caroline Heron joining Hibernian, defender Fay McDonald signing for Aberdeen as well as winger Abbi Grant and midfielder Julia Scott agreeing terms with Glasgow City.

All will be a big loss for the side this coming season with the reserves’ attackers Robyn Smith and Danni McGinley, who had both made a few appearances for the SWPL team too, both leaving for Jeanfield Swifts in the
first division.