Broughty Athletic head to Perth on Saturday afternoon to play their last Super League fixture for the month of April as they face Jeanfield Swifts at the Riverside Stadium.
The Fed will have played twenty-seven Super League fixtures after Saturday’s game and no fixtures have been released for the club for the remainder of the month so that other league teams can catch up as the season nears an end. The Fed are yet to play away fixtures at Bonnyrigg Rose and Hill of Beath with a home fixture against local side Lochee United. They will be scheduled for May sometime.
Hosts Jeanfield Swifts currently sit third from bottom in the league with eighteen points from twenty-two games played but are four points ahead of second-bottom placed Kennoway Star Hearts so a win for them on Saturday would go a long way to helping secure their Super League status for next season. Their previous three league fixtures have seen them lose all three, 1-0 at home to Hill of Beath, 2-1 away to Linlithgow Rose and 5-1 away to Bo’ness United so a win is far overdue for the Swifts.
The sides previously met away back mid-August 2017 at Whitton Park where the Fed took a 2-0 lead only for Swifts to cause drama in the last few minutes of the game. They pulled a goal back with two minutes to go and were then awarded a penalty in injury-time but the Feds John Sinclair tipped the effort around the post for a Fed win (pictured below). Swifts showed true grit and effort in that game and they are sure to do the same again come this Saturday.
Last season the sides fought out two score draws, firstly a 3-3 draw at Whitton Park at the start of the season in a game where the Fed led 2-0 and 3-2 going into injury time only for the visitors to level with a free kick from outside the box, that was followed by a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Riverside stadium, Broughty’s Brian Clark scoring for the Fed.
Broughty welcome back defender Ryan Blair to the squad after he missed out the games against Linlithgow Rose and Forfar West End due to a two-game suspension. There are no fresh injury worries following the Wednesday night win at Forfar WE so it remains to be seen if changes will be made to the squad come Saturday.
All fans are reminded this game is a 2-30pm kick off at the Riverside Stadium, home of Jeanfield Swifts.