A clinical first half performance saw Haddington ease past bottom club Craigroyston at St Mark’s Park, Edinburgh last Saturday. Fortunately Storm Malik had passed and there was only a moderate breeze when play got underway on as poor a surface as the Hi Hi’s will encounter this season. The visitors put any thoughts of an upset to bed when they hit four goals before the interval. Guy McGarry opened the scoring with a tremendous 25 yard free kick, awarded after Ali Simpson had been brought down. Minutes later Seamus Russell headed in a corner kick and it looked a question of how many. McGarry added a third from close range before a foul on Shaun Hill saw the same player score from the spot. Loan signing Arran Laidlaw replaced Euan Watson at the interval and Haddington added to their tally in the 55th minute when McGarry completed his first senior hat trick. The referee pulled Shaun Hill up for a foul and surprised everyone by producing a red card. Even with ten men, Haddington controlled play and manager Scott Bonar made another three substitutions. Some slack play towards the end saw the visitors uncharacteristically concede two soft goals which was the only blemish on a professional performance on a difficult pitch. These three points saw Haddington move three points clear of Leith Athletic at the top of the league and still have a game in hand. The first league meeting between these sides at Millfield in two weeks time is shaping up to be a crucial match for both clubs.

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