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It will be tough but we relish the visit of Linfield Ladies, says Hill

 

Bring it: Crusaders Strikers boss Spike Hill is all fired up
Bring it: Crusaders Strikers boss Spike Hill is all fired up

By Jonathan Martin

The Danske Bank Women's Premiership continues tonight with Crusaders Strikers hosting champions Linfield Ladies at Seaview in the pick of the games.

New Crues manager Spike Hill knows the size of the task ahead of his side.

"Linfield are the league champions, it's going to be a tough fixture," he said. "Linfield have had a tough week, they were defeated at home to Sion Swifts in the League Cup so they'll be looking to respond. They'll be looking to get back to winning ways.

"We are looking forward to the game, it's always special when Linfield come to Seaview and I expect it to be a cracker."

So far this season, Crusaders have recorded one league win and one league defeat.

Hill added: "I am impressed with the standard of the opposition so far. I was happy with our opening day performance and three points against Derry City.

"Sion Swifts really impressed me in our second game, they played some beautiful football and deserved the win.

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"The month of May will be a good test for us, we have Linfield, Derry City in the Cup, Glentoran, Cliftonville and Comber Rec to play.

"We have planned our training accordingly and have Kirsty McCaughtry and Amy McGivern returning to us from America and we look forward to welcoming them back in the next two weeks.

"All I can do is rub my hands together and look forward to these games, if the girls can't look forward to these fixtures then they shouldn't be here."

Elsewhere, table-toppers Glentoran travel to Strabane to play Sion Swifts.

On Monday, the Swifts defeated holders Linfield 2-1 in the League Cup quarter-final, while Glentoran beat Comber Rec 5-0 at The Oval.

Cliftonville will also be at home as they entertain sixth-placed Derry. The Reds got their league campaign underway last week with a 7-0 thrashing of Comber. So far for Derry it has been two league defeats and they will be aiming to change that.

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