Haddington take part in their first cup competition of the season on Saturday, when they entertain West Calder United in the first round of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup at Millfield KO 2.30pm. It’s a few years since these clubs have crossed paths – West Calder were one of a number of West Lothian clubs who remained in the junior ranks when the majority of other East Region clubs moved to the senior ranks in 2018. West Calder play in the newly created Third Division and will be stuffy opponents.

Having been without no fewer than eight experienced players for the midweek match at Ainslie Park, manager Scott Bonar hopes to have more players available for selection on Saturday. The Hi Hi’s enjoyed a good run in this competition last season beating Heriot Watt University, Leith Athletic and Hillfield Swifts before exiting in the quarter finals after losing a penalty shoot out to Kinnoull under the lights at Millfield in April.

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