Farmington coach praises Forfar stand-ins despite Hamilton Accies defeat

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Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish felt that the players who stepped up on Sunday did well despite losing 1-0 to Hamilton Academical.

A first half own goal from Holly Napier saw a severely depleted Forfar side lose their first game since June, ending a nine game winning run.

The team went into the game missing defenders Gemma Collier, Megan Burns and Sophie Milligan along with attacker Sally Patterson so were forced to start with three midfielders in their defence, Jade McLaren the only regular defender lining up alongside Nicola Davidson, Alex Russell and Kayleigh Noble.

Neish said: “With almost a whole defence missing it was always going to be a tough game, but it was an opportunity for some girls who haven’t played much to get 90 minutes and show they deserve to play. To be fair, the girls who stepped in did a fine job.“

With Collier, Burns and Patterson already ruled out the final training session before the game on Friday saw Neish dealt a further blow when Milligan was taken to hospital after a freak accident, being almost certainly ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken arm - a disappointing end to a good season for the 23-year-old defender.

The coach pinpointed scenarios like Sunday as to why he is looking to add more to his squad for next season.

“It’s always tough missing players, but it’s something we just have to deal with,” he said.

“This is why we want to add some depth to our squad so that we are able to deal with injuries or anything else that comes up.”