After last week’s disappointing postponement at Berwick, Haddington are hoping for better weather in the borders this week when they are due to play Coldstream in a Conference A match at Home Park. When the sides met at Millfield in November, the home side ran out 6 – 0 winners but it was really only in the second half that the Hi Hi’s dismantled the visitors. The first half was a tight affair with Shaun Hill hitting the opening goal in the closing stages. Coldstream will be difficult to beat on their own patch and they are fighting for a top seven finish so that they avoid being placed in the bottom tier next season. They currently occupy eighth position and will be determined to move up the league.

Manager Scott Bonar hopes to have a strong squad available for what will hopefully be the first match of 2022. There was a large Haddington presence at Paties Road, Edinburgh last Saturday when closest rivals Leith Athletic met Edinburgh United in a local derby that saw the Leithers come from behind to earn a point. That point takes them above the Hi Hi’s on goal difference at the top of the table but the Milfield side now have two games in hand. A tight finish to the league is expected, and with only the champions guaranteed promotion, every point is vital. Haddington and Leith have still to meet twice in the league and the outcome of these games will have a big say in who eventually prevails.

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