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Posted on January 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Weekend successes built upon as Watt Men’s Firsts keep up BUCS challenge

There were victories for both Heriot-Watt sides in action at the weekend and these good results were followed up with more success in yesterday’s BUCS matches.

In Saturday’s East of Scotland League match, the Watt stunned league leaders Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale at Riccarton by ending their long unbeaten run. Goals by Chris Lane, Chris Donnelly and Adam Breen put the Watt in charge before a last-minute goal for the visitors took off a little of the shine. The Under-20s, playing on Monday evening, continued the good work with a 4 – 1 scoreline against Preston Athletic to establish a five-point lead at the top of the Development League, albeit a number of chasing sides have games in hand. Six teams still have hopes of landing the title, so a thrilling end to the season is in prospect. It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that Cammy Ross was again among the goals, scoring twice. The others were contributed by Ross Fraser and Max Allison.

A solid 3 – 0 win yesterday over University of Stirling Third kept Watt Men’s Firsts in third place in BUCS Scottish 2A Division, two points behind University of St Andrews First and five behind University of Glasgow First, with a game in hand over both. If Watt can win the tough away game against University of Aberdeen First at its rearranged date, that could set up a decider against Glasgow at Riccarton on the 22nd of March. Next week, the Men’s Firsts take on Dundee and Angus College First in the Queen’s Park Shield match postponed from 25th January.

Preceding the Men’s Firsts’ game on the Brydson synthetic, the Women’s Firsts took on unbeaten league leaders Edinburgh Napier University First and suffered the agony of conceding a last-minute winner to their close neighbours. ENU was already promoted before this result and we wish them well in Division 2A next season. The Watt women end their programme next week with a very tough away game against second-placed University of Abertay Dundee First.

Elsewhere yesterday the Men’s Thirds had a disappointing 4 – 1 defeat by University of Stirling Fifth, leaving the Watt side in mid-table in Division 5B, the Fourths had a decent 2 – 2 draw away to second-placed University of Edinburgh Fifth in Divison 6B, a result which maintains the Watt side’s position at the top of the table with two home games to play, against University of Edinburgh Sixth and University of Stirling Sixth. Watt Fifths drew 1 – 1 away to University of Stirling Sixth, one place above the Watt side in Division 6B and the Sixths had a fine 4 – 1 win over University of Edinburgh Seventh at Peffermill, keeping the Watt Freshers in the hunt in Division 7B.

This Friday, Watt Under-20s have a break from Development League competition with the first leg of a tie in the First Round of the East of Scotland Challenge Cup. Watt’s opponents are Edinburgh City and the first leg will be played on the indoor synthetic pitch within Oriam (kick-off 8 o’clock).

The day after, the First Team will try to follow up its superb victory last Saturday when it welcomes to Riccarton another top side in the East of Scotland League, Tynecastle. Tynie recently inflicted a 5 – 1 defeat on the Watt in the reverse fixture, so the Watt players will know just what a challenge this game represents. The LEAFA side, whose game last Saturday was postponed, has a home match in Lothian East Division against mid-table Redpath Albion (kick-off 2 o’clock).

Posted on February 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Men’s Firsts coast in BUCS Conference Cup, but other sides lose

With all three matches played today taking place at Riccarton, Heriot-Watt Men’s Firsts reached the semi-finals of the BUCS Scottish Conference Cup with a 7 – 1 victory over University of St Andrews Second. In the same competition, the Men’s Seconds were surprisingly beaten 2 – 1 at home by Abertay Dundee University Second of Division 4B. In the Conference Plate, the Watt Sixth team (“Freshers'”) found University of Strathclyde Third too hot to handle, but despite a heavy defeat, 8 – 0, played a lot of good football before being overrun by physically stronger opponents. No result has yet been received to the women’s Conference Cup match between University of Dundee First and the Watt Firsts.

In the semi-finals, Watt Firsts will be at home to the winner of a match between University of Aberdeen First and Glasgow Caledonian University First, also due to be played today, but with no result yet appearing on the BUCS site. In the other semi, Abertay Second, the conquerors of Heriot-Watt Seconds today, will be away to the winners of University of Aberdeen Second versus University of St Andrews First.

Next Wednesday, the Men’s Firsts have a home league game against University of Stirling Third (kick-off 2.45). The Men’s Thirds are also at home, against University of Stirling Fifth (4.45), while the Fourths travel to Peffermill to face University of Edinburgh Fifth (1.45), the Fifths take on University of Stirling Sixth at the Gannochy (3.15) and the Sixths play University of Edinburgh Seventh at Peffermill (3.45). The Women’s Firsts are at home to Edinburgh Napier University First (12.45).

UNDER-20 FIXTURE MOVED The Under-20 game against Preston Athletic scheduled for Friday evening has been switched at Preston’s request and will now be played next Monday (13th), with a 6.45 kick-off. As mentioned previously, the First Team takes on East of Scotland League leaders Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale on Saturday, kicking off at 3 o’clock. After the postponement of last week’s LEAFA match against Redpath Albion, the sides try again this week, but with a switch to Riccarton as the venue.

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 12:38 am

Winning weekend for Watt

With the LEAFA game away to Redpath Albion on Saturday postponed, only two Heriot-Watt sides were in action this weekend. Both delivered wins, with the Under-20 side maintaining its position at the summit of the Development League with a 6 – 1 victory against Whitehill Welfare at Lasswade and the First Team edging out Ormiston at Recreation Park the following day.

It’s a busy period at the moment, but reports on all matches will be posted as soon as time permits – please bear with us.

Details of Wednesday’s BUCS games appear in the previous post. Next weekend, the Under-20 side is at home to Preston Athletic (Friday evening, kick-off 8 o’clock) before the First Team welcomes East of Scotland League leaders Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (Saturday, kick-off 3 o’clock).

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 3:44 pm

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