Haddington aiming for back-to-back victories

Haddington manager Johnny Harvey. Picture: Greg Macvean
Haddington manager Johnny Harvey. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Haddington Athletic boss Johnny Harvey is hoping his side can record back-to-back victories for the first time since August when they host Arniston Rangers in the Premier League tomorrow.

Last season’s South Division champions are coping admirably in their promotion year so far – they are fourth in the table ahead of the match at Millfield Park which marks the halfway point in their league campaign.

Their visitors from Gorebridge are seven points behind although they have three games in hand over the East Lothian men, with Harvey believing the match has a “six-pointer” look about it with both teams harbouring hopes of a play-off place or even better – an automatic ticket to the Super League.

Harvey has been impressed with the defensive effort of his players in recent weeks, with his side recording their second clean sheet in succession in last weekend’s 2-0 win at Bathgate.

He said: “The boys have been working hard over the last few weeks, especially defensively. We were going through a spell of conceding too many goals and we were having to score three or four goals to win a game, but the last two weeks we’ve managed to get clean sheets and that’s been down to hard work on the training ground.

“Our form has been a wee bit inconsistent. At home we’ve terrific but it’s taken us a while to get that second win away from home this season, which thankfully came on Saturday. In 90 per cent of games we’ve been dominating the ball, but we’ve just been unfortunate that we are maybe conceding goals at slack times and we’ve not taken our chances when we’ve been on top. It’s not been through not playing well enough.

“We’re still in a right good position in the league and we certainly aren’t out of touch with anybody in the top positions, so that’s not too bad. We’ve played the top two teams away from home so they’ve still got to come to Millfield.

“Last weekend we were so dominant, it was the most comfortable we’ve looked all season. “I’m hoping the boys will take confidence from it and hopefully we can now go and string a few more wins together and we’ll see where we are.”

Elsehwere in the Premier League, bottom club Edinburgh United will be aiming to continue their recent revival and lift themselves off the foot of the table when they host Falkirk at Paties Road, while Dalkeith Thistle host Armadale at Kings Park.