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Forfar Farmington will ensure their place in next year’s eight-team Women’s Premier League with a point or more against Hearts.
And their proud head coach hopes to see a massive crowd at Station Park to support the ladies.
“It would be great to see people from Forfar come out and support the girls, I don’t think people realise just how professional our club is,” he said.
“Our girls train as much, sometimes more than professional men’s teams in the area, we have a number of youth international experience, as well as probably the best female player never to be capped by her country captaining our club. I’m not counting my chickens, but if we manage to get a result, we will be one of the top eight teams in the country, we will be competing with Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Aberdeen and Glasgow City next season.”
Farmington are on a roll as of late, with Sunday’s 6-1 win at Inverness City their eighth win in a row in the league, making them the in-form side in the league at the moment; scoring 30 goals and only conceding three into the bargain.
Neish continued: “People from the area should be proud of how these girls are representing the town, and the region.
“We don’t have the backing of huge men’s clubs like Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibs etc, we are a club that relies on local girls, coming through our system and becoming world class football players.
“We rely on local people volunteering as coaches, as secretaries, volunteers running our shop, running the turnstiles, we rely on so many people. It would be amazing if we could get a turn out not only for the girls, but for all the people who dedicate so much time to helping us compete in such a league. It is a fantastic achievement to be where we are.”
Neish believes the Hearts clash will be a great advert for the women’s game, having been impressed when his side have faced the Jambos.
He added: “I think this week’s match is going to be a great advertisement for woman’s football. If I am being honest, I think Hearts have been the best football side we have played against in the bottom six, they are the games I think have been the best to watch between us and them as a football fan.
”We both like to move the ball, we both have some fantastic individuals who can produce magic and there is always a competitive edge to our games. Stirling University have been a great physical test for our girls, but in terms of dealing with a smart, technical side, I really believe Hearts have provided us with our best games.“
The game on Sunday kicks off at 2pm at Station Park and admission for this is £4 for adults and free for under 16s.