Weather puts paid to Whitehill game

With no fixture today (Saturday 8th) in the East of Scotland League, Heriot-Watt had arranged to travel to Rosewell for a friendly match against Lowland League side Whitehill Welfare, but the torrential rain yesterday evening has left Ferguson Park substantially waterlogged.  Instead, the Watt will try to get something organised for Monday evening on its John Brydson Arena synthetic.  Last Monday’s friendly against Crossgates Primrose was a worthwhile exercise for both teams, with the Fife side grabbing the only goal of the game towards the end of the first half.

Today, the Watt’s Reserves have a big task in Lothian West Division of LEAFA with a home tie against unbeaten league-leaders Murieston United ‘B’.  The LEAFA website gives the kick-off time as 2 o’clock, but we understand this may have been advanced to 1.30.

The Watt Under-20s had the misfortune to concede a goal a minute from time last night to lose 2 – 1 to Cumbernauld Colts at Broadwood Stadium.  The match was played in a strong, gusting wind with frequent spells of rain and the Watt trailed at half-time to a long-range effort from Paul Nash.  The introduction of Finn As-Chainey early in the second half gave the Watt new impetus and within minutes, Finn had brought the teams level, but Watt could not get another goal and in the last minute, substitute Lewis Taylor scored the goal which gave his side victory.


Posted on December 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Under-20s win through in close contest

Heriot-Watt’s Under-20 side kept up its position in Conference A of the Lowlands Development League last evening (Friday 30th November) with a 1 – 0 win over Camelon Juniors at Little Kerse.

The Camelon side was much improved from the line-up which played at Riccarton in late October and on a bitterly cold night in Grangemouth the Watt was made to fight all the way for the three points.  A goal from Euan Scott just before half-time was enough in the end, although it needed a late save from Kostka Real de Asua to keep a clean sheet and preserve the points.

No First Team fixture today, but the Reserves kept up the good work in Lothian West Division with a handsome 5 – 1 win over Clermiston Vale, keeping the Watt side in sixth place in the table, with two games or more in hand over four of the teams above them.

A reminder:  with no fixture next Saturday either, Heriot-Watt’s next game is on Monday evening at Riccarton against Crossgates Primrose.  If the Watt needed confirmation of the difficulty of this match, it came today when Primrose defeated Dunipace by five goals to one in a Conference B fixture.  The match kicks off at 6.45 on Monday at the John Brydson Arena and admission is only £3.

Posted on December 1, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Mixed bag in BUCS this week

There was some good, some not so good and some excellent for Heriot-Watt teams in this week’s BUCS matches.

In the final week of competition until the new year, there was a full list of fixtures for Watt sides, although disappointingly and frustratingly, the Women’s Firsts conceded a 1 – 0 win to their University of Dundee First rivals to fall six points behind them at the foot of Division 2A.

The Men’s Firsts also had bad news, losing out 2 – 1 in a tight match against University of Edinburgh First.  The Watt now has it all to do to preserve its top-division status.  With three games left to play, it must convert narrow defeats into victories to gain the points needed, but all three games are winnable and a great escape is still a feasible proposition.

The Men’s Seconds had a memorable win in a fluctuating match against University of Strathclyde Second, putting the Watt side three points ahead of Strathclyde at the top of Division 3A.  There are still tricky fixtures to come, but if it can keep it going, the Watt side is in a position to top the table at the end of the season.

Performance of the day must go to the Men’s Thirds, who shredded a decent University of Edinburgh Fourth side with a scintillating performance.  There were six different scorers in the 6 – 0 win, with goalkeeper Owain Thomas making a brilliant save in the second half to preserve his clean sheet.  Ronan  Dowds, Aaron Gamble, Euan Scott, Cammy Rintoul, Aidan Walter and Ali Naysmith were the Watt marksmen.

There was a narrow 2 – 1 win for the Watt Men’s Fourths in the all-Riccarton game against Watt Fifths in Division 6B and the Men’s Sixths came agonisingly close to doing the Fourths a big favour, losing only 3 – 2 away to the Fourths’ promotion rivals, Edinburgh College First.  Both sides have won all their games to date and have an identical goal difference, but College has played one more game and currently leads the Division by three points.  The crunch meeting between the sides comes on the 23rd of January at Riccarton, after which the Watt team will have games against University of Stirling Fifth and University of Edinburgh Sixth to complete its fixtures, while Edinburgh College will have a game against the Watt Fifths.


Posted on November 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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