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 today, 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 Sophie 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 situations such as 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. 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. “
The game did see two of this season’s impressive under 17’s promoted to the bench for the senior side, Rebecca McMillan, who made her debut and Caitlin Mitchell, who was appearing for the third time. Neish was impressed with how both player acquitted themselves against the Accies.
“Our back four at the end of the game was Rebecca, Caitlin, Nicola Davidson and Kayleigh Noble, so we had two of our 17s in there and I thought they were excellent.” he said.”To have two 15 year olds playing shows how much talent we have at the club and also that we have confidence in our younger players.”
”Caitlin is incredibly well thought of, in fact I think it’s incredible she hasn’t been recognised by her international age group yet, and Rebecca never made it to the local regionals set up, but we see what she does every week in training and games, we have no problem putting her in at this level. It’s important for me to show girls that if they work hard for us, we will give them opportunities.“
Neish ended the interview by stating “It’s disappointing to lose but we can now start a new run beginning with Stirling in a fortnight.”