Farmington slump to bottom of table

Forfar Farmington's Kayleigh Noble in action vs Hutchison Vale.

Forfar Farmington's Kayleigh Noble in action vs Hutchison Vale.

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Forfar Farmington went down 2-1 to fellow strugglers Hutchison Vale on Sunday despite a spirited performance, slipping to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Paul White’s side enjoyed the majority of the possession throughout this Scottish Women’s Premier League tie but it was Vale who had the first chance, Michelle Russell firing wide from the edge of the box.

Nicola Davidson and top scorer Amy Gallacher saw shots in quick succession blocked by the visitors before Becky Galbraith sliced her effort towards the corner flag after 19 minutes.

Nicky Grant nodded into Ashley Watson’s arms minutes before Watson fumbled a corner, Grant unlucky not to bundle the ball home before the defence cleared it.

Laura Parsley shot wide in the 32nd minute before hitting the crossbar with a cross from the touchline while Galbraith fired into the keeper’s arms at the other end.

Substitute Lindsay Dunbar touched the ball over the bar from a Parsley corner towards the end of the half, the sides going into the second half goalless.

Despite Nicky Grant testing Watson from long range and Forfar pressuring the Hutchie defence, the visitors opened the scoring in the 55th minute, Russell beating two defenders before lashing home inside the box.

The lead lasted four minutes though as Galbraith handled a Grant free kick, with Parsley blasting home the penalty.

Grant and Kayleigh Brough, who had been sent up front after Amy Gallacher was taken off, saw their efforts saved on the line by Watson in between Jamie Torrance and Russell’s missed chances for Hutchison Vale.

Brough set up Dunbar with a flick in the 75th minute and Dunbar turned a defender and fired off a shot but the effort flew inches over the bar.

The Edinburgh outfit took an undeserved lead a minute later when Galbraith headed a hanging ball home from almost on the goal line.

Despite a mountain of pressure and Kayleigh Brough firing just wide, Farmington couldn’t find their way to another goal, missing out on a point, the very least they deserved for their
performance.

The side dropped to 12th after Buchan won against Queen’s Park and now look forward to next week when they play Rangers away from home.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cairns, White (Dunbar 27), McLaren, Brough (Kilcoyne 86), Parsley, Napier (Ward 83), Gallacher (Noble 64), Davidson, Bruce, Grant (Thoms 72). Sub not used: Burns.

Hutchison Vale: Watson, Rodgers, Clark, Malone, Russell, Gavin, Ditchburn, Moultray, Taylor, Torrance, Galbraith. Subs not used: Henderson, McFarlane.