Two more victories as BUCS Men push ahead

Heriot-Watt’s First and Second Men’s teams both recorded notable victories at Riccarton today in matches against their University of Aberdeen counterparts.

Despite an injury which required striker Anton Dowds to be replaced at half-time with the match still scoreless, the Firsts went on to secure a 2 – 0 victory over Aberdeen First through goals from Mark Wilkie and Aubin Balastrier.

The Watt Seconds, after conceding the opening goal to Aberdeen Second, went on to record an even more emphatic win, with goals from Jake Lloyd, Andreas Ppalis (two) and Matt Law making the final score 4 – 1.

With the Fourths yet to begin their programme, the Watt’s top three Men’s teams now lead divisions 2A, 3A and 5A respectively, all with unbeaten records. The Watt Women’s First team is also the early leader in Division 3A after crushing City of Glasgow College First in the opening round of games last week.

There’s a long way to go yet, but these are encouraging positions for the Watt sides and the feeling persists that the new intake has significantly strengthened both Men’s and Women’s player pools.

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Tricky weekend but the Watt make their point

In a weekend of difficult fixtures for Heriot-Watt sides, both the Under-20s and the First Team faced matches against the teams at the top of their respective leagues and the Reserves had a cup tie against a good Caledonian League side.

In the event, the only positive result gained by any of the sides was in a 2 – 2 draw by the First Team in its East of Scotland League match against Preston Athletic. The Watt came close to taking all three points, with Anton Dowds cancelling out Gavin Stevenson‘s opener for Athletic before Jackson Barker put the Riccarton side ahead with twelve minutes left to play, but a last-gasp equaliser from Craig Innes secured a point for his side.

On Friday evening, the Under-20s entertained BSC Glasgow, which had won all five of its previous league games, and went down to the only goal of the game, scored by Renee Chung just before half-time, but the performance was encouraging against a team which has an unblemished record to date in the Development League.

The Reserves lost their RJM Sports East of Scotland Cup tie against Callander Thistle by five goals to one, but the concession of two goals in the closing minutes made the scoreline much worse than it had looked for the greater part of the game.

Next weekend, all three Watt sides have league fixtures. On Friday evening, the Under-20s stay in Edinburgh for an away match against Edinburgh City (Ainslie Park, kick-off 7.45); on the Saturday, the First Team travels to the side of the Tweed to play Coldstream (kick-off 2.30) and the Reserves are at home in Lothian West Division to bottom-of-the-league Polbeth United (kick-off 2 o’clock)

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Watt Women ready to make promotion push in BUCS

Last season, the Heriot-Watt Women’s First Team suffered from a lack of players, which blunted what might otherwise have been a promotion challenge in Division 3A of the BUCS Scottish Conference. Happily, most of the players who showed promise last season have returned to form the core of this year’s squad – and as with the Men’s side of the Club, there has been an influx of new talent this year which has enabled the team to get off to a flyer in the League.

Yesterday, a totally dominant performance brought an opening-day victory by a score of 11 – 0 against City of Glasgow College First, sweeping the Watt side to the top of the Division, above yesterday’s other winners, University of Edinburgh Third, who beat Queen Margaret University First 5 – 0. As that score suggests, the Edinburgh side cannot be taken lightly; although it is the third team of its institution, it’s a big university and the First and Second teams both occupy high positions in Division 1A.

Next up for the Women’s First is another home game, against St Andrews First in a fortnight’s time, before an interesting Conference Cup tie against Division 2A side Edinburgh Napier University First the following week.

Two Men’s sides played yesterday, both in the Conference Plate: the Thirds had a rather unconvincing 2 – 0 win away to St Andrews Sixth, the bottom team in Division 6C, which hasn’t won a game in living memory; and the Fifths lost by only 5 – 3 against Queen Margaret University First.

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 11:37 am

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