Although they have played a few friendly matches over the years, Haddington and Vale of Leithen have never met competitively until this season after the Innerleithen side were relegated from the Lowland League. The first competitive meeting took place in the borders in early December when a Guy McGarry hat trick saw the visitors come out on top by three goals to one. The Vale are having a torrid time this season, rooted pointless at the foot of the table. It didn’t get any better last weekend when they lost 10 – 2 at Musselburgh, with manager Joe Murray resigning after the match.
Haddington, however, cannot afford to be complacent as they try to consolidate their position in the Premier League. Their unbeaten run of 6 matches has produced 14 points which has allowed them to move into the top half of the table, but more points are required before they can consider themselves safe from any threat of relegation. As like last season there could well be a fourth side relegated as Edinburgh University battle it out with Dalbeattie Star to avoid dropping out the Lowland League.
Manager Scott Bonar will be without Dale Cornet and Cammy Watson but everyone else should be available.