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




Another victory but injury toll mounts at Riccarton

Heriot-Watt’s points total in Conference C of the East of Scotland League rose to six on Saturday with a 6 – 1 home win over Ormiston, but more injuries are giving Head Coach Banji Koya problems as he prepares for tough games ahead.

During the Ormiston game, all three substitutions were for injuries:  firstly to midfielder Tyler Huxford, recently signed on loan from Tynecastle, then to forward players Arran Singh and Matt Graham.  Then came news of a serious injury to experienced midfielder Gavin Malin during a Futsal tournament in Bosnia.  Malin joins  other long-term injury victims Chris Donnelly, Jackson Barker, Liam Hutchison and Max Allison.  Adam Beirne is also having to take a break from the game.  Adam Woolven is unavailable due to job demands and the same is likely to be the case for Chris Macher.

Other players we have lost since last season include Anton Dowds, Cammie Ross, Mark McGovern, Scott Dargo, Adam Breen, Greig Boulstridge, Finn Watt and Alex Snoddy.  All of this means that there are opportunities for those who can shine in the Trials on Friday and Sunday this week and for players from last season’s successful Under-20 squad to stake a claim for advancement.

On the brighter side, we look forward to welcoming back our returning students, most of whom should be with us again during the week ahead.  Jack Spence got to Riccarton in time to play on Saturday and we look forward to the arrivals of others including Niko Giovanovits, Aubin Balastrier, Ion Athanassios Diamantopoulos, Jens WillassenMatthew LawEwan McDuff and James Yearn.  We understand that Niall Quinn, who we hardly saw at all last season, is fit again and ready to go and we always live in hope of seeing Sean Campbell back in a Watt strip.

This Saturday sees another vital league game – away to Stirling University on the grass pitch at the Gannochy Sports Centre on Airthrey Campus (kick-off 2.30).  Another win would send the Watt in good heart to Prestonfield the following week to take on Linlithgow Rose in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup.

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm




First League points on the board

After a narrow away defeat to Craigroyston in its first League game of the season, Heriot-Watt got the points total moving on Saturday with a solid 4 – 1 win over new League entrants Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.  Goals came from Aidan Quinn, Neil Laurenson, Arran Singh and Michael Ward as the Watt recovered from the loss of an early goal from Gavin Sullivan.

Next up will be Ormiston in a rearranged fixture at Riccarton this Saturday (1st of September).  The kick-off will be at the usual time of 3 o’clock.

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm




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