Haddington rue loss of ‘silly’ Premier League points

Johnny Harvey

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Haddington Athletic boss Johnny Harvey wishes his team’s current form had been there earlier in the Premier League campaign.

Ambitious Harvey was aiming for promotion in the second tier of the East Region this season after leading the Hi-Hi to the South Division title last year.

The Millfield Park men are riding high in second place, on a run of four victories, but with the majority of teams around them having games in hand, their chances of successive promotions are slim.

Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Falkirk Juniors, Harvey only wishes they hadn’t dropped “silly” points earlier in the campaign.

“I’m happy with the way our season has been, but I’ve got high expectations and so have the players so it’s a wee bit bittersweet that we’re doing well but not as well as we’d like to be,” he said.

“I suppose if you put things into context, it’s our first season in the Premier League and to be sitting second, although we’ve played more games than anybody else, it’s still a decent enough achievement.

“I think we’ve dropped so many silly points this season that we could’ve been so much further up the league.

“We’re now at a stage where we’ve probably put our best run of the season together and its right at the end.

“As it stands at the moment there are three or maybe four teams that are in a better situation than us so promotion is looking really unlikely, but all we can do is go game by game and affect things that we can affect and see where we are at the end of the season.”

Harvey is looking to bolster his squad with four or five additions for a tilt at the title next season if they don’t achieve promotion this year. He’s not intending to stay in the Premier League for long.

“Promotion has to be the aim next season,” he continued. “Every season we need to show progress as far as I’m concerned as a club. I don’t want to spend a season where I’m static, I can argue the case if we don’t end up getting promotion this year, I can show that we’ve progressed and probably had a successful season as any that Haddington have had for over ten years because of the league we are in.”

Elsewhere, Edinburgh United will be aiming to boost their survival hopes when they visit fellow relegation candidates Dundee Violet. Arniston Rangers and Dalkeith Thistle are also on the road, with visits to Montrose and Oakley.