Winning weekend for the Watt

With the First Team idle on Saturday, the attention of Watt supporters was focused on Friday evening’s visit to Peffermill to play Edinburgh University in the opening fixture of the Under-20 Development League season and on Saturday’s away cup tie for the Reserves against Dunipace Juniors.

It is pleasing to report that both games ended in victories for the Watt sides.  The Under-20s, with almost a completely new squad, did not lack cohesion in any way and dominated possession throughout their match, passing the ball well and scoring five good goals with no reply from a home side which seldom got within shooting range.  It was a most encouraging start from the Watt lads, but in their next game, the 20s have the severe test of facing Kelty Hearts, who, after winning their Qualifying League section, began their league campaign on Friday with a 12 – 0 away victory over Preston Athletic.  That game will take place at Riccarton this Friday, advanced from the following Friday due to the withdrawal from the League of Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The Reserves travelled west on Saturday and won their RJM Sports East of Scotland Cup First Round tie by two goals to one.  They will also face a tough challenge in the next game, this Saturday, when they again go west for a cup tie, this time a Second Round match in the McDonald Cup, with the opponents Lothian West Division leaders Linlithgow Rose, who currently have a 100% record in the League, having won all six matches played to date.

The First Team also returns to action on Saturday, with a home game at the John Brydson Arena against near neighbours Edinburgh United.  This is an intriguing fixture and one of those which will provide an early guide to how the Watt is likely to fare in the new-look East of Scotland League.  United is one of the ex-Junior sides which joined the League this season and although it didn’t play at the highest level of the Juniors, it did well last season and has started this one with results which suggest it will be tough opponents.  On Saturday, a 4 – 3 away defeat to Haddington Athletic showed once again that United is competitive even against quality sides.  The match will kick off at 3 o’clock.


Posted on September 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Under-20s get under way with a visit to Peffermill

Last Saturday, the Watt kept its cup record for the season consistent by exiting another competition at the first time of asking.  To be fair, though, the draws have been tough, with former EJFL Superleague clubs making up the opponents in all three knockout cups played so far:  Jeanfield Swifts in the Alex Jack, Camelon Juniors in the Qualifying Cup and, on Saturday, Linlithgow Rose in the Challenge Cup.  Add in another couple of ex-Juniors in Dalkeith Thistle and Haddington Athletic in the Qualifying League and it can be understood why Heriot-Watt has only the King Cup to which to look forward for this season as far as cup action is concerned.

Saturday’s game was an odd one in some ways, with all the goals coming in a spell of twenty-four minutes before and just after half-time, but after being five down in forty-six minutes, the Watt will be pleased to have escaped a worse mauling, with Ali Shrive‘s first goal for the club making the final result 5 – 1.

This Saturday, there is no First Team game; there are fixtures in four different cups, including the Scottish, but although there are still three matches in League Conference C, the Watt does not feature.  That puts the spotlight firmly on the first game of the Under-20 season, as the Heriot-Watt side, largely composed of new students, begins its defence of the Development League title at Peffermill against traditional rivals Edinburgh University.  With all four student clubs in the league given dispensation to start later, it is normal for these two teams to meet in the first game and there is never any way of knowing in advance how it is likely to turn out, but with a late start, at 8.15, it will be ten o’clock before the result is determined.

The Reserves travelled to South Lanarkshire last Saturday and returned with a point from the first League game of the season after a 1 – 1 draw with Carluke Hearts.  This Saturday, it’s a trip to Stirlingshire to face Dunipace Juniors in the First Round of the RJM Sports East of Scotland Cup.  The venue is yet to be determined, but it’s possible it will be Little Kerse in Grangemouth, at which Dunipace plays its Under-20 games.


Posted on September 20, 2018 at 11:22 pm

Watt wins make Riccarton happy in run-up to Rose test

Saturday was a day of joy for Heriot-Watt with hard-fought wins against Stirling University in the East of Scotland League and Mill AFC in the Logan Cup.  Reports on both matches are on the respective tabs above (East of Scotland League and LEAFA Amateurs).

The First Team victory at Airthrey Campus was very satisfying, particularly as a strong, physical Stirling side made it a tough match in every way.  The Watt lads rose to the challenge, however, with Ryan Higgins leading by example and giving a performance of such energy that it had us checking to see if there was really only one of him on the pitch.  The goal which clinched the points was a fine strike by Michael Ward from Chris Lane‘s pass.  Plaudits are also due to Callum Reid for a high-quality first-half save, to Harry Barclay for yet another outstanding match and to Ali Shrive, who made his debut during the second half and turned in a sparkling cameo that has us looking forward to seeing more of the young man.

With plenty of talent on view at the Trials which took place on Friday and yesterday, optimism is high at Riccarton as we prepare for our trip to Prestonfield on Saturday to face the redoubtable Linlithgow Rose in the First Round of the South Region Challenge Cup.  The ‘Rosey Posey’ hasn’t had the best of starts to the season by its own very high standards, but will still expect to go far in this competition.  For the Watt, it is simply a privilege to play a competitive game against one of the foremost names in Scottish non-League football.

The Watt Reserves got off to a great start to the season on Saturday past, winning 3 – 1 to go through to the next round of the Logan Cup, where the team will have a home tie against Waverley Athletic.  The next game, this coming Saturday, will be the first League match of the season, involving one of the longest trips, to face Carluke Hearts, though the venue given on the LEAFA website is Moor Park, which as far as we can establish is in Lanark.

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 2:59 pm

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