Yet another narrow defeat

The Heriot-Watt players must be getting completely fed up with losing by a single goal.   After the 2 – 1 defeat by Jeanfield Swifts in the East of Scotland League at Perth a week on Saturday, the return fixture was played at Riccarton last night (Tuesday) with the same result.  In between, the Firsts put up a tremendous fight at Peffermill in a BUCS game against the very strong University of Edinburgh First, but after leading for almost eighty minutes, conceded two goals late in the match to lose by that same 2 – 1 score.

All football was off on Saturday due to the snow, so the Reserves didn’t play Linton Hotspur, but the same fixture has been arranged for this Saturday, giving the Watt side the chance to consolidate its fifth place in the league table in the only Lothian West Division fixture of the day.

Most of the BUCS football was wrapped up for the season last Wednesday, with the Men’s Fifths beating Edinburgh Napier Third 4 – 3 to finish its programme on a cheerful note.  The Men’s Sixths gained a walkover against bottom team West Lothian College First, but most disappointingly, the Women’s Firsts conceded their final game, a home match against University of Strathclyde First.  The Men’s Fourths finished their programme today and did so in style, inflicting a first league defeat of the campaign on divisional champions Edinburgh College First with a handsome 4 – 2 result.  The only BUCS game left to play now is the Conference Plate Final, in which the Watt Men’s Thirds will face the winner of the tie played today between University of Edinburgh Fifth and University of Stirling Fifth, the result of which we have not yet been able to discover.

As followers of the Watt’s Under-20 side will know, a second attempt was made to play the Knockout Cup tie against Kelty Hearts at Riccarton last Friday, but this match seemed destined to be the game they couldn’t complete and for a second time the match was abandoned.  Nothing to do with floodlights this time (although we did lose a few minutes in the first half when some of the lights went out for a time) but a much more regrettable reason – a bad injury to the Kelty goalkeeper which necessitated the calling of an ambulance.  After the players had been standing around for twenty minutes or so, it was decided to call a halt to proceedings.  Heriot-Watt has now withdrawn from the competition and allowed Kelty Hearts to proceed to the next round.

This Friday, the Watt Under-20s have a home tie against Dunipace (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 8 o’clock).

The following day, Saturday (23rd), the Watt entertains another of the big names which have entered the East of Scotland League this season from the East Junior Superleague when Bo’ness United comes to Riccarton for a Third Round tie in the King Cup (kick-off 3 o’clock).

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 10:50 pm




Points slip through Watt fingers

It was a bit of a disappointing weekend for Heriot-Watt teams in the end.  There was no Under-20 game on Friday, so the First Team headed for Perth on Saturday for its East of Scotland League Conference ‘C’ game against Jeanfield Swifts, aiming to secure the first three points of the weekend.  They nearly did it, too, Craig Smith opening the scoring with just twenty minutes left to play, but an equaliser from Lee Deans, which didn’t reach the net but was deemed to be over the line, was the precursor to a late headed goal by Rhys Davies to give the home side a 2 – 1 win and leave the Watt party deflated.

Next Saturday, Watt makes a much shorter journey, to Paties Road to take on Edinburgh United in a game which is surely a must-win if there is to be any chance of Heriot-Watt gaining a place in next season’s top division of the League.

The Reserves also had a bit of a disappointing result, drawing 1 – 1 away to Clermiston Vale, a side four places below them in the LEAFA Lothian West Division table.  Not a disastrous outcome, but the Watt side would have hoped to secure all three points.  Next Saturday, the Riccarton side travels to face second-bottom Linton Hotspur.

Before then, Friday evening will see the Watt Under-20 side repeat its Development League Challenge Cup tie against Kelty Hearts.  Remember the game that finished 3 – 3 after extra time when the lights went out before the penalty shoot-out could be held?  We’ll be back at Riccarton to do it all again this Friday, kicking off at 7.30, half an hour earlier than last time.

Before all of the above, most of the remaining BUCS games for the season are due to be played on Wednesday.  The Men’s Firsts have their crucial Division 1A match away to University of Edinburgh First (Peffermill, kick-off 3 o’clock); the Women’s Firsts aim to gain some consolation at the end of a difficult season when they host a match against University of Strathclyde First (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 4,45); the Men’s Thirds play University of Edinburgh Fourth, also at Peffermill (kick-off 3 o’clock); the Men’s Fourths are at home to University of Edinburgh Sixth (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 2.45); the Men’s Fifths play at home against Edinburgh Napier University Third (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 12.45); and the Men’s Sixths play West Lothian College First on the Riccarton grass, kicking off at 1.30.

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm




Another three points for Under-20s

The Watt Under-20s gained another three Lowlands Development League points on Monday evening with a 4 – 0 win over Newtongrange Star at the John Brydson Arena.  There were three fine goals, from Ali Shrive, Ali Naysmith and Lewis Duffy, plus an unfortunate own-goal by the visiting goalkeeper.

There is no game tomorrow (Friday) for the Under-20s, but the First Team is in action on Saturday, travelling to Perth to face former Junior Superleague team Jeanfield Swifts in the East of Scotland League.  The Watt has already played Swifts once this season, but it was nearly seven months ago, back in early August, with Swifts winning 3 – 1 in an Alex Jack Cup tie.  The venue is Riverside Stadium, Bute Drive, Perth PH1 3BP (kick-off 2.30).

The Watt’s reward for the hard-fought win against Burntisland Shipyard last Saturday is a home tie in the Third Round of the King Cup against another former Junior Superleague side:  Bo’ness United.  We look forward to welcoming the BUs to Riccarton.

After their excellent victory last Saturday, the Reserves will try to secure another three points in LEAFA Lothian West Division when they make the short journey to take on Clermiston Vale at Clermiston Park (kick-off 2 0’clock).

Posted on March 7, 2019 at 10:29 pm




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