Cup challenge tonight for Under-20s

The Heriot-Watt Under-20s currently lead the Development League table, but tonight there is a break from the business of accumulating points as the lads head north to face University of Stirling in the First Round of the Challenge Cup (kick-off 7.45). The Stirling side has been a bit inconsistent this season, but on its day it is capable of beating any team in the grade, so the Watt team knows it is in for a tough challenge in its attempt to progress. This is the first of two consecutive cup weekends for the Under-20s, who next week have another away tie to another top side when they travel to play Whitehill Welfare in the First Round of the Knockout Cup.

Success tonight would bring another challenging away tie in the second round, against either Bonnyton Thistle or Spartans; a win next week would result in a home tie against BSC Glasgow or Selkirk.

Tomorrow brings yet more travel, as the First Team continues a string of four away games in a row in the East of Scotland League – which is convenient, as it happens, due to the construction work going on at Riccarton. This time, the trip is over the border to Old Shielfield, where Tweedmouth Rangers will await the Watt. Kick-off is at 2.30. The Reserves will attempt to keep their recent recovery going when they visit high-flying Queensferry Athletic (Queensferry Sports Hub, kick-off 2 o’clock).

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Men’s Firsts promoted to BUCS Division 1A

A successful BUCS League season for the Heriot-Watt Men’s First Team saw them follow the Women’s Firsts on Wednesday by clinching promotion. A 5 – 1 win over a resolute University of Stirling Third produced the three points needed to ensure that the Watt side can’t be caught by second-placed University of St Andrews First and will play next season in Division 1A, the highest stratum of the Scottish Conference.

There is one more League game for the Firsts to play this season, at home to Edinburgh Napier University First on the 28th of this month, but before that, there will be a Scottish Conference Cup Quarter-final match against University of Edinburgh Fourth to be played this coming Monday (the 19th). Strangely, although it is nominally the Watt’s home game, it will take place at Peffermill, but no kick-off time is yet known.

Although the Firsts were successful, the promotion campaign of the Men’s Seconds came to a disappointing end on Wednesday with a 2 – 0 home defeat by University of Edinburgh Second, leaving them trailing University of Dundee First by six points with one game left to play. Having lost to the team that was at the foot of the Division 3A table, the Watt side will wish to make amends in its last match of the season on the 28th of February, away to the team which is now at the bottom, University of Strathclyde Second.

No result is yet available for the Men’s Thirds‘ game against University of Stirling Fifth and the Women’s Firsts‘ last fixture, at home to University of Glasgow Second, will now take place on the 7th of March.

Posted on at 4:01 pm

Unbeaten weekend precedes chance for BUCS promotion

All three Watt sides survived a tough weekend of fixtures without defeat. Again, the trailblazing Under-20s were to the fore, with a tremendous 5 – 0 victory over BSC Glasgow at Scotstoun, before on Saturday the First Team and the Reserves both had creditable 1 – 1 away draws with Preston Athletic and Craigroyston Wanderers respectively.

Today, the Watt Men’s Firsts have the chance to clinch the BUCS Scottish Conference 2A championship when they take on University of Stirling Third on the indoor pitch at Oriam (kick-off 3.45). Other Watt Men’s sides in action are the Seconds (home to University of Edinburgh Second) and the Thirds (home to University of Stirling Fifth). The Women’s Firsts are at home to University of Glasgow Second.

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

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