Girls granted step up

FALKIRK Ladies will kick off their Premier League football season this weekend.

In a bizarre run of events the team finishing third, and outside the promotion places, were still admitted to the top division a fortnight ago.

Hutchie Vale Ladies were expected to move up from Division One, after finishing as league runners-up behind champions Celtic reserves.

However Premier club Boroughmuir folded before the top flight kicked off, leaving a vacancy that Falkirk were only too glad to fill.

Club coach Alison Mackie explained the turn of events that propelled the girls into the big-time.

“Our league had two promotion places, but also included Celtic reserves. They are not allowed to be promoted into the same league as their first team which meant if they won the league - which they did - there would only be one promotion place.

“That rule has now changed to two spaces - but it came too late for us.

“Hutchie Vale were the runners-up - we weren’t meant to get a place but we’ll replace Boroughmuir, and the club is delighted.”

There are mixed feelings for the team though, with some relishing the chance of pitching in against the best in Scottish women’s game, but others fearing it may be a step too far.

But the club’s founding member is hoping her players seize their chance after their rapid, and unexpected, rise to prominence.

“This gives the girls a better chance to be noticed by the national squad and kick on from there,” Alison told Heraldsport.

“As a club we’re just preparing to battle for our place in the league - there are some really good clubs in the Premier Division but we’ll be looking to pick up points, and experience.”

They were made to wait for their big kick-off as snow at the weekend led to their match with Rangers in the League Cup being postponed.

They play Rangers again, in the league, on Sunday.