The Hi Hi’s were delighted to have received home draws in the two top cup competitions but they could hardly have had tougher opposition. West of Scotland champions, Darvel, triumphed at Millfield in the Scottish Cup a few weeks ago, and on Saturday county neighbours, Tranent Juniors, visit Millfield in the second round of the Trade Radiators South Challenge Cup. These local rivals haven’t met since season 2018/19 and since then Tranent have enjoyed unqualified success and after winning the East of Scotland Premier League last season they progressed through the play offs, coincidentally beating Darvel, to take their place in the Lowland League. They are doing well in Tier 5 of Scottish football and have made a confident start to their league campaign.
Haddington manager Scott Bonar has had to endure a nightmare start to the season with a series of injuries preventing him from playing anything like his strongest side. He will be without no fewer than seven players tomorrow but that was also the case last week when his understrength side created one of the shocks of the day when they beat high flying Dundonald Bluebell at Moorside Park. The Hi Hi’s will be hoping to give account of themselves in front of what should be Millfield’s biggest crowd of the season. Almost 350 turned up for the Darvel match but it is expected that this number could be beaten tomorrow.