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Haddington
Murrayfield Wanderers
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - BT National League - Division 3 Full time

Thomas 'gutted' as Haddington lose league opener

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Head coach Rhodri Thomas admitted he was “gutted” as the Reds slumped to defeat at the hands of promoted Murrayfield Wanderers as their National League Division 3 season got under way on Saturday.

The Reds went into the match hoping to build on their win over West of Scotland in the BT National League Cup seven days earlier, but coach Thomas reflected on a well below-par performance as the visitors secured a comfortable win.
And Thomas, now in his third season in charge at Neilson Park, said: “We were confident going into the match and were looking to start the season well.
“Unfortunately this was not to be the case and we were second best against an organised and well-drilled Murrayfield Wanderers team.
“Areas of our game were good in spells although not for any sustained period and we weren’t able to impose ourselves on the match.”
Haddington conceded two converted tries in the first half and turned round 17 points adrift and a man light, with Sam Morley in the sin-bin on his first start for the club.
And things only got worse for the hosts after the break, with three more converted tries sealing a big win for the Capital outfit.
Thomas said his squad would need to “prepare well” this week, as they face a trip to Highland on Saturday, a game the coach described as “a challenging task”, with the Inverness club out to avenge a loss to the Reds on home soil last season.

Haddington: S Morley, M Robertson, J Ferguson, L Clutton, K Hamilton; A Ferguson, J Paterson; G Cockburn, A Cunningham, P Smith, B Laing, H Hamilton, C Hamilton, C Munro, J Riddell.

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Team selection

Morley, Sam Morley, Sam
Robertson, Mark Robertson, Mark
Ferguson, James Ferguson, James
Clutton, Liam Clutton, Liam
Hamilton, Kyle Hamilton, Kyle
Ferguson, Alex Ferguson, Alex
Paterson, Jamie Paterson, Jamie
Renton, Mark Renton, Mark
Munro, Connor Munro, Connor
Riddell, Jonny Riddell, Jonny
Hamilton, Harry Hamilton, Harry
Hamilton, Charlie Hamilton, Charlie
Smith, Phil Smith, Phil
Stuart, Colin Stuart, Colin
Cockburn, Garry Cockburn, Garry

League round up

Other Division 3 results

Orkney
15
31
Dalziel
0
81
Newton Stewart
Glasgow Accies
50
21
Ardrossan Academicals
Hillhead Jordanhill
10
25
St Boswells

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Ardrossan Academicals 22 56
7. Gordonians RFC 22 53
8. Hillhead Jordanhill 22 45
9. Orkney 22 27
10. Haddington 22 21
11. Perthshire 22 20
12. Dalziel 22 17

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