Haddington maintained their unbeaten league run when they beat Thornton Hibs in the second part of their double header in Fife last Saturday. Conditions underfoot were tricky, but it was the strong wind that blew for most of the game, that caused problems for both sets of players. Thornton had  the wind behind them in the opening half but it was questionable if it gave them any advantage. Only some desperate goal line defending prevented them from going ahead but it was the Hi Hi’s who made the breakthrough in the 20th minute when Auriemma beat the Hibs substitute goalkeeper at his near post.  the lead should have been extended before the interval when twice the visitors passed up good chances close to goal. with the wind at their backs, Haddington didn’t find it any easier, and for the first period of the second half it was Thornton who were winning the midfield tussle. Manager Scott Bonar sent on substitutes Eddington, Harris and Congalton during the second half, and it was Gordon Harris who made the points safe when he scored from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute. The referees decision upset the home side and two players were red carded for disputing his penalty award. With Leith winning at Dalkeith, the Hi Hi’s victory allows them to hold onto their three point advantage at the top of the table. It goes with out saying that the matches between the top two will go a long way to deciding who goes up.

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