Burntisland curse is laid, but 20s suffer defeat in Glasgow

In a mixed weekend of results for Heriot-Watt sides, a brave and determined effort gained the Watt First Team a victory at last at Recreation Park, Burntisland, despite playing for more than half an hour against Burntisland Shipyard with only ten men; but the Under-20s, with a squad which for a variety of reasons showed seven changes from that for the previous match in mid-December, suffered a 5 – 4 defeat against Edusport Academy at New Tinto Park. There was only one goal scored in the East of Scotland League game and once again it came from Anton Dowds. In Glasgow the previous evening, young brother Ronan Dowds had kept up his amazing scoring record as a substitute for the Under-20s with two more goals in a period of just over twenty minutes on the pitch, adding to earlier goals by Cammie Ross and Mark McGovern.

The Watt’s Reserves lost 5 – 1 away to Murieston United in the Second Round of the Miller Cup, which may be regarded as a reasonable result, considering Murieston is leading the Lothian West Division and the Watt was once again struggling to get a team together.

The First Team is not in action this weekend, but on Friday evening the Under-20s will be at home (snow permitting) to Edinburgh University (kick-off 8 o’clock) and on Saturday the Reserves visit Craigie Park to take on Craigroyston Wanderers (kick-off 2 o’clock).

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Back to maximum activity – but nothing at Riccarton

All three Heriot-Watt sides will be in action during this weekend, but each is away from home and the venues are scattered far and wide.

On Friday evening, the Under-20s travel to Glasgow to meet unpredictable Edusport Academy (kick-off 8 o’clock) at New Tinto Park, Benburb Juniors’ ground, situated just off Edmiston Drive near Ibrox Stadium. Edusport occupies a mid-table position, but for some time past has been winning at home and losing away. The last game was a defeat, 2 – 0 away to Edinburgh University – but the one before that was a 5 – 0 win over Tynecastle. Edusport has lost only once at home this season so far – and that was back in October. Watt will be without the suspended Jackson Barker.

The following day, the First Team takes the trip across the Forth to Recreation Park, where it will try yet again to lay its Burntisland Shipyard hoodoo (kick-off 2 o’clock). The Watt has endured four successive single-goal defeats at the Fife ground and last won there in October 2014. Last season, Watt won 9 – 0 at home against Shippy, but still managed to go down 3 – 2 in the reverse fixture. This season, 3 – 2 was the score by which the Watt held on to the points at Riccarton in September, since when Burntisland has further strengthened its player pool.

The Reserves, after a traumatic end to 2017, get back into action with a tough cup-tie, away to LEAFA Lothian West League leaders Murieston United in Round 2 of the Miller Cup (kick-off 2 o’clock). A tie of this difficulty may not have been what the Watt required at the start of a campaign to move away from the foot of the division, but at least there will be a chance to play with the freedom of knowing that league points are not at stake.

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Cammie Ross strike saves point for Heriot-Watt

Yesterday’s game between Heriot-Watt University and Stirling University, the first East of Scotland League match to be played on the indoor pitch at Oriam, produced a point apiece for the sides after a 2 – 2 draw. Chasing the game after going behind early on, Heriot-Watt had plenty of possession but took until eleven minutes from time before finally getting an equaliser when Jackson Barker ran through on a pass from Cammie Ross to slide the ball into the corner of the net.

Just two minutes later, the Watt side fell behind again, but with a couple of minutes left on the clock, Cammie Ross made up for an earlier penalty miss by slamming home an angled drive to secure a share of the spoils.

Next Saturday, the Watt makes the short trip across the Forth to Recreation Park to face Burntisland Shipyard. This has become the Club’s bogey venue; despite some good performances, it has lost on each of its last four visits. The match doesn’t come at a great moment in the season, as after a patchy start, the “Shippy” has made some good signings and recent performances have suggested better times could be on the way. Head Coach Banji Koya will hope that some of those who missed the game yesterday will be available for selection. From the squad for the previous game, against Peebles Rovers six weeks before, the missing names included top scorer Anton Dowds, defenders Jack Spence, Alex Snoddy and Jens Willassen; and midfielders Niko Giovanovits and Gregor MacDonald.

Posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:39 pm

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