Under-20s return to top of Development League

After being deposed by Whitehill Welfare on Friday, Heriot-Watt’s Under-20 team went back to the top of the Lowland & East of Scotland Under-20 Development League this evening with a 3 – 0 victory over a capable and determined Edinburgh City side.

After a competitive but goalless first half in which the visitors were a little quicker to the ball and gave the Watt their hands full, the second half belonged to the home side and after Anton Dowds had opened the scoring with a drive from the edge of the area, headed goals from Chris Lane and Cammie Ross confirmed that the points would be staying at Riccarton.

Next up for the Under-20s as they continue their title quest is a visit from Mid-Annandale this Friday (kick-off 8 o’clock).

Respect also to the eight players who travelled through to Motherwell to enable the Watt to fulfil its obligation to play Carluke Hearts in Lothian West Division. With a full side, the Watt would have fancied its chances in this game, but of course the eight knew they were going to the slaughter. They got a goal, though, in the course of a heavy defeat.

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 12:09 am

East of Scotland season ends with a win

Saturday’s local derby against Tynecastle was played in warm sunshine at the John Brydson Arena and the sun shone on Heriot-Watt in more ways than one, as the Watt lads stormed back from a two-goal half-time deficit to win there last game of the season by five goals to two.

The title-seeking Under-20s had a setback on Friday evening, however. Having at long last equalised in their home game against Cumbernauld Colts with six minutes to go, the Watt side conceded a last-minute winner to the visitors. There isn’t much time to mope about it, though, as the Twenties are back in action at the Brydson again tonight (Monday) in another challenging fixture against much-improved Edinburgh City (kick-off 6.45).

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

After Kelty ordeals, Watt prepare for last game against Tynecastle

Consecutive games against Kelty Hearts at a time of year when University holidays leave the Club is short of players was always going to be a test for Heriot-Watt, but with lots of youngsters from the Under-20 side involved, the Watt came through the two games with respectable scores and even managed to score a good goal. Saturday’s King Cup tie ended 5 – 1 to the Fifers, but Jackson Barker‘s strike from Adam Breen‘s pass will live long in the memory. The Club is very grateful to the players who went the extra miles to make themselves available for these tough games.

This Saturday sees the last East of Scotland game of the season, with Tynecastle our visitors to the John Brydson Arena for a final League game. It is more likely than not that Tynie, just as they did last season, will overtake the Watt in the League table as they play off their postponed games, of which they have six after Saturday, but the Watt can give themselves some hope of staying above their local rivals by winning this match. Anton Dowds, Chris Lane and Neil Laurenson will all be available again after completing suspensions and Cammie Ross will also come into contention.

Before that match, however, there is another of vital importance to the Club, as the Under-20s face Cumbernauld Colts on Friday evening (kick-off 8 o’clock). Cumbernauld is one of the Watt’s main rivals for the Lowland and East of Scotland Development League championship and a victory in this game would go a long way to helping the Watt towards the title. With the postponement of last Friday’s game away to Whitehill Welfare, the pack has closed in on the Watt side at the top of the table, with Edinburgh City joining Whitehill on 38 points, just one behind the Watt, and The Spartans just three further back. With all of these sides amongst those which Heriot-Watt still has to face, each game between now and the end of the season is critical to the Watt’s ambitions.

The Under-20s have another crucial match on Monday evening, when Edinburgh City comes to visit (kick-off 6.45).

The Reserves’ game on Saturday in LEAFA Lothian West Division against Blackridge Vale of Craig was off, but last night the side scored a great 4 – 1 victory over East Calder United. Unfortunately for the Watt, Balerno Athletic had an even better win by the same score against second-placed Queensferry Athletic, so the Watt remains three points behind Balerno, having played three games more; but perhaps East Calder, a point further on but having played only one fewer than the Watt, is a better target for which to aim. Either way, the Watt side must look to win three of its last four games if at all possible. There is no game for the Reserves this Saturday, but on Monday they travel to Crawforddyke Park to take on Carluke Hearts (kick-off 6.30).

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm

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