Photograph courtesy of Joelle Murray and Hibernian Football Club
Good news for women’s football fans, the SWPL1 is back with all 8 clubs in the league due back training this week pending negative COVID tests.
This news will be huge for the SWPL1 clubs who will all have various expectations & all clubs are committed to playing a full 21 game card with the season scheduled to end on 6th June.
It’s positive news for Women’s Football in this country however there’s also a tinge of frustration & anger amongst SWPL2 clubs who feel they aren’t getting that opportunity to showcase how elite the 2nd tier is.
Aberdeen especially will be feeling a degree of dismay behind any delayed return after building up a consistent run bridging a 7 point gap on Dundee United in 2nd.
Back onto SWPL1, and the next few weeks prior to the 4th April restart will allow clubs to get some much needed sharpness into their squads. It looks like being a three horse race for the title with Rangers, Glasgow City & Celtic all in contention.
The 5-0 scoreline for Rangers over City was a statement of intent from Malcolm Thomson’s side and a massive wake-up call for Scott Booth’s outfit, Glasgow City have a title winning mentality in their squad and the break will have been a case of welcome reflections for Booth.
Don’t underestimate Hibs though who are almost through a period of transition, Dean Gibson will be keen to eradicate results against fellow title contenders so they can make the business end of the season interesting.
With the SWPL1 having no relegation this season due to change in structure across the league tables, Spartans, Forfar Farmington, Motherwell & Hearts will look at the remaining part of the season with no pressure & to prepare for the long-term.
It’s great to have women’s football back & a great opportunity for supporters around the country to get ingrained to what the women’s game has to offer.