Hutchison Vale Ladies 2
Forfar Farmington 4
A Grant 16, Heron 27, Rogers (og) 57, Scott 66
Forfar Farmington kept up their unbeaten run on Sunday with a 4-2 over Hutchison Vale at a windswept Saughton Enclosure.
Mark Nisbet made two changes to the win over Falkirk a fortnight ago, Cheryl Rigden and 15 year old Jade McLaren replacing Gemma Collier and Julia Scott.
The opening stages of the game were difficult for either side, any type of ball played into the air was blown towards the touchline where the coaches were situated.
The game’s first proper opportunity came in the 14th minute, a through ball allowed Caroline Heron space but her effort was put wide.
Two minutes later Farmington had taken the lead, a short free kick was played to Abbi Grant who knocked home under pressure from the Vale defence.
Forfar were putting in a better performance than they had in their past two games here, and doubled their lead after 27 minutes, Cheryl Rigden threading another through ball for Heron who slipped the ball past the keeper.
Rigden was unlucky not to get a goal of her own just after the half hour mark, Heron skipping past two defenders before cutting the ball back for Ridgen, whose shot was unlucky to go inches over the bar.
With Hutchison Vale not really getting any chances, one of their defenders took it into their own hands to try and grab an assist, passing straight to Caren Webster in her own box but Webster could only strike the ball straight at the keeper.
Farmington were dealt a blow on the stroke of half time, wide midfielder Abbi Grant, who scored the first, went down after a strong challenge in the middle of the park and had to be replaced at half time by Julia Scott.
HALF TIME: Hutchison Vale 0 Forfar Farmington 2
Vale came out stronger in the second half, forcing a save from Leonie Simpson in the first five minutes of the half, before pulling a goal back in the 55th minute, poor defending allowing their striker to lob Simpson, with help from the wind, from the edge of the box.
The two goal lead was restored just two minutes later, Scott racing down the right flank before attempting to square for Heron, defender Jennifer Rogers getting in the way to block and inadvertently knocking the ball into their own net.
Just after the hour mark Cheryl Rigden was unlucky again, this time stabbing the ball at the keeper and then in the 66th minute Julia Scott ran onto a long ball before lashing home to make it 4-1.
Aimee Godfrey came off in the 66th minute for Amy Gallacher, who was making her SWPL debut at the age of fourteen, Gallacher looked calm and very confident on the ball and can be proud of her performance.
Scott came close yet again with an attempt that flashed across goal and just past the post before another youngster Kayleigh Noble came on for Alana Bruce, Noble making her second appearance of the season, her previous one coming against Vale at home, where she scored minutes after coming on.
Caren Webster hit the post in the 74th minute before the home side’s failed clearance fell to Rigden who couldn’t keep her shot down and blasted over the bar.
Vale pulled a goal back after 76 minutes, another defensive error letting in their attacker who ran clear before slotting past Simpson.
In the last ten minutes of the game, Gallacher, Heron and Ann Taylor all had efforts on goal but couldn’t find the target as they looked to add to the Farmington lead.
Farmington stay 6th and their win ensure they won’t finish any lower than 8th in the table, with 15 points now between them and Hutchison Vale, who occupy eighth.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Caroline Heron – grabbed another goal and was again involved in the majority of play
Forfar Farmington: Leonie Simpson 6 (Ellie Welton 79, 4), Jade McLaren 6, Fay McDonald 6, Aimee Godfrey 6 (Amy Gallacher 66, 6), Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 6 (Kayleigh Noble 72, 5), Caroline Heron 7, Abbi Grant 7 (Julia Scott 46, 7) Caren Webster 6 (Ann Taylor 79, 4), Nicky Grant 6, Cheryl Rigden 7.