Bruce acknowledges it’s a tough season

Alana Bruce in action for Farmington.
Alana Bruce in action for Farmington.

Forfar Farmington defender Alana Bruce admitted the SWPL side has endured a difficult start to the season as the ladies amassed just five points from 11 games in the first phase of 
the league.

Three of those points came last week in the side’s first league win of the season, a 4-0 defeat of Buchan, taking Farmington off the bottom 
of the table.

And Bruce vowed that they won’t be returning to the foot of the league again this season.

She said: “As far as I’m concerned it’s been a difficult season. It’s a difficult one to comment on too considering we’ve had such success in the past couple of seasons.

“The start of the season wasn’t ideal and we found ourselves rock bottom, but to take from that win on Sunday the three points we needed to get off the bottom, that’ll be the last time we’re there.

“In the second half of the season we’re looking to push on and have a good couple of games against the likes of Hamilton Accies who took points off us. Hamilton were good but have a couple of players from other clubs who are bolstering them at the moment.

“If we can knit ourselves together, push on and get as many points as we can out of the second half of the season then certainly three points every game is what we’re aiming for, that’s 
what we want.”

The 32-year-old defender praised the team’s youngsters for their performances this season, with players as young as 14 being thrown in at the deep end against women twice their age.

Bruce continued: “The youngsters have come on a lot from what I’ve watched in the earlier games and then playing with them, they’ve certainly grown into the players that they need to become to compete in the Premier League and hopefully keep us up.

“I think they’ve done quite well to adapt under the circumstances.”

Midfielder Nicola Davidson echoed her teammate, describing the season as a “learning curve” particularly for the younger members of the squad.

Davidson said: “I think it’s been a learning curve for the young ones, it’s been a big step for them to take.

“Let’s put this season down as a learning curve. It’s been an experience and an adventure for the 
younger ones.”