Hope springs for Hibs next season

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If it was goals you were after, then Thornton Hibs were the team to watch in 2011/12.

The ball found the back of the net no less than 193 times in 33 competitive games – an incredible average of 5.8 goals per game!

Unfortunately for the Hibs’ supporters, most of the time these goals went in at the ‘wrong end’!

One of the heaviest defeats came in the East of Scotland Cup when eventual superleague winners, Bonnyrigg Rose, won 9-2 although with 72 minutes played it was only 3-2 and penalties looked a distinct possibility. Sadly, the six goals conceded in those final 18 minutes must be some sort of unwanted club record.

On a brighter note, when Spartans visited Memorial Park in the Fife and Lothians Cup, Coco Mullen almost hit the average himself as he scored all the goals in a 5-2 victory. In the next round,

Adam Drummond netted a hat-trick as Haddington Athletic were defeated 6-1. Involvement in this competition ended when Broxburn Athletic scored a last gasp winner to progress into the quarter-finals.

The Scottish Cup run was over before it started as Bellshill Athletic defeated the Hibs 4-1.

The final league position of 8th was disappointing but there were some decent performances with the most memorable one coming at Dundonald in the third last game. The Bluebell were three up by the 18th minute and a real hiding looked on the cards. By half-time though, it was all square thanks to three cracking goals from Gary Thomson (2) and Lee White. Further goals in the second-half from Kris Maxwell, Gary Thomson and Chris Ireland had the Hibs 6-3 ahead before the home side pulled one back late on.

If they can just learn how to ‘shut the back door’ next season, then a realistic challenge for the league could be made. Hope springs eternal!

JOHN LAING