A victory against Åtvidaberg would take Helsingborg, the team we are lending our support to this summer, up the league table to second position in Superettan and extend their unbeaten run to six games.
The home side conceded an early penalty to give HIF just the start they needed to keep out Roar Hansen’s Åtvidaberg side.
HIF started the match well and the game was very similar to their previous match against Degerfors.
They were steady in defence and their attacking game worked well, although there is a lot more work to be done on the training ground in regards to their sharpness in front of goal.
In the 14th minute Jonathan Asp pulled down Jesper Lange in the penalty area and HIF was awarded a spot kick which Oke Akpoveta managed to convert. Unfortunately for Asp, not only did he give away a penalty but he was also sent off and HIF had a man advantage for the rest of the game.
Although HIF enjoyed that advantage for much of the game, they managed to let the home side back into it with Åtvidaberg having some dangerous chances which they were unable to convert into goals.
In the second half HIF had a lot of the ball, creating plenty of chances but were being frustrated by a stubborn Åtvidaberg defence.
Finally, the hosts could not resist the growing pressure any longer and in the 66th minute Akpovetas scored his and HIF’s second goal of the game to make it 0-2.
Unfortunately, as has become something of a habit recently, HIF opened the door for Åtvidaberg to get back into the game. With five minutes remaining the home team scored to set up a frantic last five minutes but HIF clung on against the ten men.
Venue: Kopparvallen, Åtvidaberg
The win sees HIF move into third spot in the Superettan with 13 points from 7 games behind leaders Brommapojkana and second placed Dalkurd. Next up, HIF host Norrby (15th) on Thursday and travel to take on fifth placed Osters on Monday.