Farmington’s great run continues

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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.

In the 14th minute, 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.

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.

Noble making her second appearance of the season, her previous one coming against Vale at home, where she scored minutes after coming on.

Vale pulled a goal back after 76 minutes, another defensive error letting in their attacker who ran clear before slotting past Simpson.