Arniston keep their heads up after narrow defeat

Haddington Athletic 1-0 Arniston Rangers
Haddington Athletic 1-0 Arniston Rangers

Despite the scoreline Arniston boss Jock Landells was not too despondent at the Rangers display at Haddington last Saturday.

As this was only Arniston’s third away reverse since September in a steady run for the Gorebridge men.

With only 14 players now currently available following the departure for various reasons of Daryl Johnston, Dale Pennycook and Danny Thomson, and lacking some midfield choice, Arniston will at least welcome back to the defence Greg Callaghan who missed the Haddington match due to work but he will likely feature in the line up for Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup third round tie at Neilston - who hail from the same league as Arniston’s second round conquests after a replay Larkhall Thistle. The Arniston bus sets off on Saturday at 10.45am.

Against Haddington it was a very closely contested affair with two well-matched sides as Arniston deserved to take something from the game. But both teams missed opportunities to break the early deadlock and it was not until the 35th minute that a set piece corner from Haddington ended with a headed goal from Haddington’s Craig Hume beating Arnie keeper Dale Cornet.

Woodwork saved the East Lothianers when a Kyle Doig header rebounded off the Haddington crossbar.

The hosts held on to that narrow advantage up to half time before Arniston had good spells in that second half but with no goals rewarded.

Dale Cornet’s saves also kept Haddington from adding to their solitary goal as the hosts spent the last 20 minutes or so on the back foot denying Arnie an equaliser.

Though a foul on Danny McFadden might have seen red but only saw a yellow from the referee.