Development the key for head coach Neish

Nicky Grant in action.
Nicky Grant in action.

Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish revealed that he’s been impressed with members of the Development squad as he prepares for the second half of the Scottish Women’s Premier League next week.

Neish goes into the game away to Hutchison Vale with a small squad with Amy Gallacher, Sophie Milligan, Derrian Gollan and Holly Napier all away on holiday.

The head coach hopes the girls that step in take their chance to shine.

A mixed Forfar Farmington side defeated Tayside Ladies 7-1 on Sunday with a hat trick from the development side’s new signing Chelsey Lownie and a double from Holly Napier, along with Kayleigh Brough and Derrian Gollan netting.

Neish was happy with how the team played.

He said: “It was a good exercise for the girls, most of them got 45 minutes in. It was great for Tayside to come down, Tayside had a depleted squad but they got a good run out as well so we’re grateful to them for coming along.

“It was good to show that girls aren’t just being forgotten about and we are looking at girls all the time, making sure they’re given opportunities to show what they can do.

“Chloe Sturrock and Jade Logan were excellent, Chelsey Lownie up front was very good, Kathryn Pender and Ellice Brannan impressed as well so it was a good run out from the girls that are pushing to move up.

“That’s the whole idea of the development squad. We’ve got three or four girls that are away on holiday, we’ve got a couple of new girls coming in, a couple of new signings that will come in just after the Hutchie Vale game and we’ve got some girls from the development squad who are going to step up and play.

“We’re giving girls the opportunity to show they belong in the Premier League and they’re stepping up and doing it.”

Neish also confirmed that former Scotland internationalist Nicky Grant would return for at least the Hutchison Vale game but couldn’t say whether she would take part in any other games.

Neish continued: “We’ll see, we definitely need her for that game because we’ve got girls on holiday and she said she’ll always be here to help out.

“Nicky is coming back to help in that game, it’ll be great to see her and see her on that park again.”

Meanwhile, the development squad added five new players to their exciting squad as they prepare for the second half of their new season.

Claire Galloway has come out of retirement to return to the club while striker Jodi Allison is back after a year away.

Joining them in the squad are Carol-Ann Timmons, Chelsey Lownie and Kathryn Pender.