One up, one down, one level in mixed weekend for Watt

Once again, it was the Under-20 side which kept the Heriot-Watt flag flying high at the weekend, winning 3 – 1 against last season’s champion side, Preston Athletic, at Middleshot, Prestonpans. A strong first-half performance with quality goals from Jackson Barker, Cammy Ross and Cammy Ross again put the Watt side in control. To Athletic’s credit, they came out with sleeves rolled up in the second half and battled all the way, but their only goal came within seconds of the end of the match. Despite further chances, Watt could not add to their tally, but the final score was quite acceptable and maintained second place in the Development League. This Friday evening, the Watt 20s are at home to BSC Glasgow.

The following day, the First Team took its 100% record to Peebles and was unable to preserve it against a stubborn Peebles Rovers side which deserved a share of the spoils in a goalless draw. The point keeps Watt in second place in the East of Scotland League table ahead of Saturday’s visit of Burntisland Shipyard, the league’s bottom team and still without a point after defeat on Saturday by fellow basement side Tweedmouth Rangers. Typically for sides struggling to get going, Shippy is having some terrible luck at the moment and in this game lost two players to injury – the goalkeeper early on and the centre-back half-way through. Watt Head Coach Banji Koya may decide to freshen up his side for this game, but must be wary of the traditional banana-skin of a game against the bottom team.

In Saturday’s other Watt fixture, the Amateurs were squeezed out 2 – 1 away to Championship side Clermiston Star in the First Round of the Centenary Cup. On the coming Saturday, it will be cup business again for the Amateurs, with an away tie in the Second Round of the Logan Cup against fellow Lothian East Division side Musselburgh Windsor.

There is a limited amount of BUCS action today. Watt’s Men’s First team gets a week off to bask in the glow of last week’s win over Aberdeen University First as the Seconds lead the men’s programme for the day with a challenging away match against Edinburgh University Second in Division 3A. The Men’s Fourths also have Edinburgh Uni opponents, but at Riccarton, facing Edinburgh University Fifth in Division 6B and the Sixth (“Freshers’ Team”) is away to Edinburgh College Second in Division 7B. After two postponed matches, the Women’s First will hope to get its season underway at last at home to St Andrews University Third in Division 3A.

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 8:53 am

At last – a good day in BUCS matches!

It was a long time in coming, but we are pleased to report that Heriot-Watt Men’s Firsts won a BUCS league match yesterday. It was a comfortable win, too, over Aberdeen University First, which had won both its previous games and was joint leader of Division 2A. Watt won 2 – 0, but in the strange way of football, both goals came in an even first half, but none was added in a second period in which Watt’s dominance was almost total. The first-half counters came from Robert Service and an Anton Dowds penalty. After half-time, numerous chances to increase the winning margin were created, but all were spurned. In the end, Watt Head Coach Banji Koya was glad to accept the victory and the clean sheet. Other results in the Division were surprising, with Dundee University First losing 4 – 2 at home to Stirling University Third and Glasgow University First losing 3 – 0 at home to St Andrews University First, so that the Watt now sits only two points off the top of the table. There is no fixture for the Firsts next week, and the following Wednesday there is a Conference Cup tie against Stirling University Third before the next league game, away to Glasgow University First, on the 9th of November.

To make it a cheerful day all round for the Club, the Second, Third and Fourth Men’s teams all won their fixtures too. The Seconds eased out St Andrews University Second 1 – 0 with a goal by Harry Barclay; the Thirds beat Queen Margaret University First 4 – 2; and the Fourths won 2 – 1 against Edinburgh University Sixth. The Fifths had a 2 – 2 draw with Edinburgh University Fifth and the only disappointment was a 4 – 0 defeat for the Sixths (the “Freshers’ Team”) at the hands of Edinburgh Napier University Fourth.

Frustratingly for the Women’s First, their start to the season was further delayed, as for the second successive week they discovered that their opponents were not yet in a position to start playing matches. After last week’s rescheduling of the game against City of Glasgow College First, yesterday’s game against Abertay University First also had to be postponed.

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Full BUCS card this week

Tomorrow (Wednesday) sees all seven Watt sides in BUCS action. This contrasts with last week, when only two sides were involved – the Men’s Fourth and Fifth teams, both of which played in the BUCS Scottish Conference Plate. The Fourths played St Andrews University Sixth and the Fifth took on St Andrews University Third. Both games had the expected results, with the higher-rated team winning comfortably.

In this week’s matches, the Men’s First, Second and Third teams are at home and everyone else is away. The Firsts will try again to gain a first victory in Division 2A when they face Aberdeen University First; in Division 3A the Seconds will go in against their counterparts from St Andrews University; and in Division 5B, the Thirds will play Queen Margaret University First. The Men’s Fourth and Fifth teams are both at Peffermill for games in Division 6B. The Fourths play Edinburgh University Sixth and the Fifths play Edinburgh University Fifth. In Division 7B, the Men’s Sixth team will face Edinburgh Napier University Fourth.

The Women’s Firsts, who were supposed to play City of Glasgow College First last week before that fixture disappeared from the schedule, get their programme underway with a trip to Dundee to face Abertay First in Division 3A.

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 11:02 pm

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