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Hibs ease to friendly victory

Alan Stubbs marked his first game in charge of Hibernian with a comfortable 4-0 win over Vale of Leithen in a pre-season friendly in front of 1,375 fans at Victoria Park.

Hibernian, who kick-off their Championship campaign against Livingston on August 9, enjoyed a decent work-out in the summer sunshine in the Scottish Borders, with Jason Cummings claiming a brace.

Stubbs made nine changes for the second half, although striker Paul Heffernan was left out altogether as a precaution ahead of his return to training at the start of next week.

The Championship side went ahead when Neil Martyniuk's deflected cross from the left found Cummings (31) unmarked inside the box and he finished with precision.

Earlier Max Todd shot wide having been set up by Danny Handling while Martyniuk and Adam Buxton - on trial from Wigan Athletic - also went close before the break.

Of the starting XI, only Handling and Cummings re-emerged for the second half as Stubbs elected to get some game-time into as many legs as possible.

Jordon Forster headed Liam Craig's corner over the bar before Sam Stanton saw his goal ruled out for offside.

But the travelling supporters did not have long to wait for the second as the Vale of Leithen 'keeper denied Stanton and Cummings (58) gobbled up the rebound.

Craig (68) added a third with an emphatic finish as the Lowland League side began to tire and Alex Harris burst clear down the inside-right channel to round off the scoring.

Stubss told Sky Sports News: "I'm really pleased. The most important thing for today was the fitness and I wanted them all to get 45 minutes under their belts but I got more than that; they tried to do the right things and the attitude was fantastic.

"I wanted to try and give them an opprtunity to get 45 minutes and I thought it worked quite well and the two trialists did well, they did everything that was asked of them.

"We're still gearing towards the 9th of August. I'm very hopeful we can get some new players in. We have done a lot of work over the past two weeks and I want to bring quality in. I can assure the fans that the players we bring in will earn the right to play for the shirt."

Meanwhile, Hibs have confirmed the appointment of John Doolan as their new first-team coach.

The 42-year-old worked with the new Easter Road boss at Everton's youth academy and was the U18s coach for Wigan before electing to move to the Scottish capital.