Forfar Farmington are now four points ahead of their relegation rivals Queen’s Park, and six ahead of Buchan, after a deserved 3-1 win over Inverness City at Station Park on Sunday.
Three changes were made from last week’s defeat at Buchan, with keeper Fiona McNicoll, Nicola Davidson and Claire Galloway returning in place of Lindsey Dunbar, Kayleigh Noble and Amy Gallacher, who had played almost 180 minutes for Scotland u17s in Italy in midweek.
Forfar went close early on, with Claire Galloway heading wide from Holly Napier’s corner in the 2nd minute.
Forfar were starting to pressure the visitors more and more the closer it got to half time, Grant and then Alana Bruce going close with efforts.
Forfar made a change just after half time, Brough coming off for Amy Gallacher.
Within 30 seconds the switch paid dividends, Gallacher spraying the ball to Napier who cut in past a defender before sending the ball into the top corner to open the scoring.
Murron White almost doubled the advantage a minute later, a poor clearance by the keeper falling to White just inside the Inverness half but her shot flew just wide of the post with Jappy beaten.
The visitors equalised on the hour mark; Bodiam’s cross was knocked on to the bar before Zoe MacLean netted the loose ball.
Forfar regained the lead in the 67th minute - a free kick up the park was collected by Alana Bruce and she lashed the ball past the keeper for her second of the season.
It was 3-1 five minutes later when Jade McLaren was bundled over in the box, and sub Alex Russell stepped up to slot home the penalty and look to put the game out of reach.
There were late chances for Cairns, Grant and Noble but the scoreline finished 3-1.
It was a deserved victory for the home side and gives them breathing space with Queen’s Park losing to Hutchison Vale and Buchan losing to Hamilton.
There is a two-week break now with the next game against Hamilton at the John Cumming Stadium on September 21.
Speaking after the game, defender Jade McLaren said:
“I felt the performance was a big step up from last week against Buchan. We played as a team and worked for one another.
“In the first 10 minutes I think we lost our heads and didn’t play as well as the Forfar name shows but after those 10 minutes were up we began to get the ball down and play one- or two-touch football.
“As a team we need to take this on going into the game against Hamilton on the 21st, who last time beat us 2-1. Going into that game we should be positive.”
Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cairns, Burns, White (Russell 67), McLaren, Brough (Gallacher 49 (Kilcoyne 88)), Galloway, Grant, Napier (Noble 67), Davidson, Bruce. Sub not used: Dunbar