Interview with Forfar Farmington’s Sophie Milligan

Sophie Milligan

Forfar Farmington defender Sophie Milligan is pleased with how her first full season at the club is going so far.

The 22 year old joined the club in September last year but only made two appearances before the season finished while she has played ten times so far this season, missing just two games.

The right back also believes she can improve on how well she has done “I’m happy with my performances so far but there is always room for improvement. The main thing is that I’ve been getting the game time that I was missing at the end of last season, allowing me the time to build on my performances, maintain match fitness and ultimately do what I came to Forfar to do, enjoy my football.”

Sophie Milligan in pre-season

After several good performances and two wins in a row, including a four nil win over Hutchison Vale last week, the Scottish Women’s Premier League has broken off for four weeks with the league splitting into two groups of six, despite this Milligan believes there side are now getting the positives results they deserve.

“Possibly the break has come at the wrong time but we can also look at it as a good end to the first half of the season with time to rest and grow from here.”

”We’ve had a tough first half of the season and the league table and results definitely do not justify all the hard work and performances we have been putting in as a team. We’ve started to get the results we deserve now and we plan to carry that on into the rest of the season and build upon it.”

Sophie Milligan in pre-season2

The league starts back on July 26th and Damon Neish’s squad travel to face the side they beat before the season had the break, Milligan revealed will miss this and the following game.

“I’ve got family commitments so unfortunately I’ll miss the first 2 games back. It’ll probably make things a bit more difficult because I won’t be there to put in match performances but we are fighting for our places every week so it’s competitive anyway.”

”The main thing is that we get the results we need but of course I want to be back in the starting line-up and contributing to wins as soon as possible.”

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At the end of the season, the SWPL and SWFL will undergo reconstruction with an SWPL1 and SWPL2 , both having eight sides, in an attempt to make the league more ‘competitive’. This mean four sides will be relegated from the current SWPL but despite it being more difficult to stay up, Sophie reckons the club has what it takes to stay up.

“With 4 going down this season it makes it more difficult, but that’s the situation for every team, and we seem to like a challenge. I definitely believe we are more than deserving and have the ability to stay up this season.”

”Staying up is the goal of everyone at the club and we aim to carry the hard work and match winning performances into the rest of the season.”

The Premier League side’s fixtures for the rest of the season are as follows:

26th July – Hutchison Vale (away)

2nd August – Inverness City (home)

9th August – Hibernian (home) Scottish Cup 3rd Round

16th August – Hearts (away)

23rd August – Hamilton Academical (home)

30th August – Stirling University (home)

6th September – Hutchison Vale (home)

27th September – Inverness City (away)

4th October – Hearts (home)

18th October – Hamilton Academical (away)

1st November – Stirling University (away)

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