By Fraser McLuggage.
Kirsty Fraser signed for Forfar Farmington at the beginning of this season. After a short break away from the game, the centre-back is hopeful that the team can continue their good run of form.
After a three year spell at Hamilton Academical WFC, Fraser took a brief spell out of the game, where she focussed mainly on a potential boxing career. However, after ex Accies teammate Jade Lindsay convinced her to go for a trial at Forfar, the ex Scotland under 16 and 17 international, has never looked back.
“I am enjoying my football a lot more than I did with [Hamilton] Accies. I get on well with the rest of the girls and they have made me feel very welcome since joining and it’s nice to play top flight football again.”
Forfar have had a strong start to the SWPL 1 season, sitting in fourth place behind Glasgow City, Rangers and Celtic and ahead of Hibernian after six games.
“We have played very well so far and we are looking to keep that momentum going. We were unlucky against Spartans, the winning goal should never have stood, but that is football sometimes. We were all disappointed to concede two late goals against Celtic at the weekend but if you had asked us before kick off, if we would have taken a point, we would have bitten your hand off.”
With one game to go before the Christmas break, Ryan McConville’s team will be aiming to finish the first run of games on a high with a positive result against Hibernian, who were beaten against rivals Hearts last weekend.
“Hearts played well at the weekend and managed to get a result out of a difficult fixture, we have already beaten Hearts, so that gives us confidence, especially off the back of our result last weekend. If we stick to our game plan and defend well then we have a chance of nicking something from the match.”
McConville seems to be getting positive results by utilising the centre-back partnership, which was formed at Hamilton. Fraser admits that Jade Lindsay has helped her settle in at the team.
“I would say me and Jade know each others game inside out, we have played together loads of times and we know the job we need to do when we play together. There is that trust there, which takes the pressure off, I know if I make a mistake then she will be there to cover and vice-versa. I would say I am definitely enjoying my football more since I made the move to Forfar and I feel like I am a better player for it.”
Fraser makes the two hour commute to training and games as she stays in the central belt, however that doesn’t bother her as she aims to keep her place in the starting 11.
“I have to travel quite a bit to get to training or games, but I don’t mind that, I listen to music on the way to the games so that I am relaxed when I get there and I use the time to get into the right mindset.”