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This Wednesday 7th February, PTWFC take on Spartans in an SWPL match at Ainslie Park in a 19:45 kickoff.

Having progressed to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup on Sunday with a win in a Glasgow derby against Queen’s Park, it’s a return to league action for the Jags as we look to keep this winning streak up.

ℹ️ Fixture Information

📍Ainslie Park
🕐Wednesday 7th February 2024 7:45pm
🎟️ £8 / £5  Pay at Gate by cash or card
🆓 Kids go FREE
📺 No PTW Stream
💻Updates on Twitter
💻️Highlights and reaction post match

🆚 Our Opponents: Spartans

Spartans have had a poor season by their standards, sitting 11th in the table with 9 points, 3 clear of Hamilton at the bottom of the league. That being said, a 2-1 victory over a strong Aberdeen side in the cup could spark some life into the Edinburgh side as they host a on form Jags side.

Spartans have recently got a new manager at the helm following the departure of SWPL legend Debbi McCulloch, who stepped down following 13 years in charge in the capital. Her replacement, Jack Beesley, is no stranger to Spartans as he made over 200 appearances for their men’s side and is considered a cult hero.

Spartans do have some talented players in their squad such as Mya Bates and Calley Gibb who offer pace and danger on the wings while Becky Galbraith possesses a goalscoring threat upfront having scored the goal that sent them into the next round of the cup.

Our previous league encounter saw Spartans shock the girls at Petershill Park as they came away 1-0 winners in a cold and wet night. They haven’t won a league fixture since then and less than a month later in cup action, Spartans revisited Petershill and lost 2-0 in a better showing for Brian Graham’s side.

📈Thistle so far

A change of pace for Thistle as a chance encounter in the cup with lower league opposition allowed the opportunity to gain a third win in three different competitions in as many weeks. A much changed Thistle side from the one that beat Montrose in the league a week earlier gave the opportunity for some players to get a chance in the starting 11, with 8 changes overall.

The SWPL2 leaders were not ones to lay down to the Jags as they gave a good game from the start. However Rosie McQuillan emulated her namesake and scored a cracking goal to give the Jags the lead 4 minutes in. Not backing down, Ellie Kane does what Ellie Kane has been doing all season and brought the game to a level playing field once more.

The Jags would continue to push on and on the brink of halftime new signing Carla Boyce grabbed her first goal in red and yellow as she tucked the ball in the back of the net. A fantastic first half was only followed with another great performance in the second as Cara Henderson grabbed her 10th of the season from the bench and secured victory for Brian Graham’s side, progressing to the quarter-finals and setting up a match against Hearts in a month’s time.

Strong Followings from the Red and Yellow army have helped our girls in recent times and we’d love to see as many of you make the midweek trip to the capital as we face Spartans.

🗞 Team News

A full squad is available for Brian Graham for this midweek fixture as new signing Aimee Anderson is back in contention having been cup tied for the Scottish Cup match therefore could make her full debut.

With this midweek trip to the capital approaching, it will be up to Brian Graham and the rest of the management team to field their best possible side heading into this fixture.

💬 Word From The Squad

⏮ Match Rewind

1st October 2023
(Henderson, 45′) (Taylor, 54′)

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