HADDINGTON head coach Rhodri Thomas was “delighted” after his side avoided relegation on Saturday.

The Reds ensured that they avoided dropping to the regional leagues for the first time in the club’s 107-year history with a 20-8 win over Dalziel at Neilson Park. 

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A relieved Thomas told Courier Sport: “There was a lot of pressure on the game on Saturday but I felt we handled it really well and thoroughly deserved the win.

“Our defence was superb and the players showed plenty of pride in the jersey and fought hard to ensure we maintained our standing in national league rugby.”

Thomas said he was disappointed that his side under-performed this season after finishing fourth and sixth in his first two years.

He added: “I am disappointed that we were in this position.

“There is enough ability within the squad to be challenging at the other end of the table as we have done the last two seasons but for various reasons this wasn’t the case this year.

“I hope that the squad is able to regroup and come out fighting hard next season and challenge the top teams.”

The 41-year-old Welshman also told Courier Sport he was unsure whether he would be in charge next season, and said he was “working things out” with the club’s hierarchy.