One each in Preston clashes; Reserves reach Third Round of EoS Cup

A lively match on Friday evening saw the Watt Under-20 side overcome a spirited Preston Athletic, eventually winning 6 – 3 in a match full of interest.  The Firsts faced opponents from the same club on the following day, but Athletic, playing down the slope at the Pennypit, established a first-half lead which laid the foundation for a 4 – 1 win.  Heriot-Watt Reserves, however, had a fine 5 – 1 victory over Stirling Amateurs in the Second Round of the East of Scotland Cup.

Fixtures for the coming weekend give the Under-20s another home game, against Camelon Juniors, before three consecutive away fixtures on the following Fridays.  On the Saturday, the First Team will face another former Junior side for the first time when St Andrews United come calling; and the Reserves have an important League game at home to Corstorphine Dynamo (kick-off 2 o’clock).  Dynamo has lost all six of its games to date in Lothian West Division, so it’s a game the Watt side will see as winnable.  If the three points can be secured, Watt is guaranteed to rise at least two places in the table.

In a packed LEAFA card this Wednesday, the Watt Men’s Firsts will travel west to face University of Glasgow First in what is shaping up to be a very tight competition in Division 1A .  In a match with the late kick-off time of 4 o’clock, Watt will seek to build on last week’s draw away to University of Abertay Dundee First.

The Men’s Seconds, having won away at University of the West of Scotland First in its last League game, is one of four sides in Division 3A to have won one and lost one so far, and plays another team with the same record, University of St Andrews Second, in a 1.30 kick-off at Riccarton.

All other Watt sides in action are away from home:  the Men’s Thirds at Ainslie Park for a 2 o’clock kick-off against Edinburgh Napier University Second in Division 5B; the Men’s Fourths at Livingston 3G in a 1.45 kick-off against West Lothian College First to begin their League programme at last; the Men’s Fifths at Peffermill 3G for a 1 o’clock kick-off against Division 6B leaders University of Edinburgh Sixth and the Women’s Firsts at the Gannochy 3G in an unfortunate quick rematch with University of Stirling Second, which beat the Watt side convincingly at Riccarton last week.

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 10:19 am

U20s move forward, but other sides edged out

After defeats in two fixtures against the very strong Kelty Hearts, the Heriot-Watt Under-20s returned to winning ways at impressive New Victoria Park on Friday evening, winning 3 – 0 against an enthusiastic and energetic Newtongrange Star side.  The Watt goals came from Aaron Gamble, Ben Voy and Mark Larmour.

The following day was frustrating, with two defeats after the Watt sides had led in both games.  Tyler Huxford gave the First Team a half-time lead against Craigroyston, but a goal five minutes from the end secured all three points for the visitors.  The Reserves, having drawn 2 – 2 on the indoor pitch with Premier Division side Clermiston Star in the Centenary Cup, lost 5 – 4 in the penalty shoot-out.

This coming weekend, we have the coincidence of the First Team and the Under-20s playing against opponents from the same club:  Preston Athletic.  The Under-20s are at home in the Development League on Friday evening, with an 8 o’clock kick-off at the John Brydson Arena; the Firsts travel on the Saturday to Pennypit Park for an East of Scotland League match (kick-off 2.30).

The Reserves have another cup tie this Saturday, this time in the Second Round of the RJM Sports East of Scotland Cup.  It’s a home game, against Stirling Amateurs, who play in the First (i.e. the lower division) of the Stirling and District AFA (also sponsored by RJM Sports).  Stirling have won only two of ten league games played so far and currently sit second from the foot of the table, so the Watt will be hopeful of success in this tie.  Kick-off at the John Brydson Arena is 2 o’clock.


Posted on October 15, 2018 at 10:13 am

Good wins for top two Watt sides in men’s BUCS competitions

On a gloriously warm and sunny October day yesterday, Heriot-Watt Men’s Firsts got their season up and running with a fine 3 – 1 win over the early leaders of Division 1A, University of Stirling Second.   Two well-taken first half goals by Chris Lane put the Watt on their way, but although Stirling worked their way back into the game in the second half, Ross McKay reducing the arrears, a late goal by Ali Shrive made sure that the Watt would gather all three points.

The Men’s Seconds had a comfortable 4 – 0 victory over University of St Andrews Third in the Scottish Conference Cup, with two goals in each half, but the Men’s Fifths were unfortunate, drawing 4 – 4 with University of Abertay Third in the Conference Plate, but losing in a penalty shoot-out.  The Men’s Sixths battled away against University of Dundee Fourth, but it was too big an ask against the Division 5 side and the visitors won 3 – 0.

Tomorrow evening, the Watt Under-20s will seek to return to winning ways after the disadvantage of a double-header against the redoubtable Kelty Hearts.  The Watt lads travel to New Victoria Park to take on Newtongrange Star (kick-off 8 o’clock).

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

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