Season ends on happy notes

Sorry about the delay since the last post – your correspondent has been busy on other important business – but let’s wind up the season’s activities now.

As previously reported, the First Team finished its programme a month ago with an exciting 3 – 3 draw with Camelon Juniors in warm sunshine at the John Brydson Arena.

The Under-20s followed their superb win over Cumbernauld Colts on the 3rd of May by losing 2 – 1 away on the 10th to Dunipace in a game in which they dominated possession but were unable to convert their chances; but a week ago on Monday (the 13th) ended their programme on a winning note, defeating Whitehill Welfare 3 – 1 to rise a place to seventh in Development League Conference ‘A’.  The effect of a profusion of  narrow defeats during the season (seven by a single goal out of a total of nine) is shown by the fact that the Watt side’s goal difference is +20, whilst those of the teams which finished above them by one point (Cumbernauld Colts) and two points (Dunipace) are respectively +11 and -5.

The Reserves also finished with a positive result, a 2 – 0 away win over Balerno Athletic producing a tenth win of the season to consolidate seventh place in the LEAFA Lothian West Division table.  This is a big improvement on last season’s outcome and the Watt management will be looking for the team to kick on from there and mount a challenge near the top of the table next season.

That tidies up the news for season 2018 – 2019.  All teams have now completed their fixtures.  We wish our readers a pleasant summer and hope to see all of you at the John Brydson Arena when the new East of Scotland League season begins in late July.

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 11:18 pm

20s are back with a scintillating performance

After almost a month without a fixture, the Under-20 side was close to full strength last night (Friday 3rd), which was just as well, as opponents Cumbernauld Colts are no slouches and showed good movement and slick passing throughout the game.  The Watt was not to be denied, however.  With Ali Shrive and Todd Teviotdale back from First Team duty now the East of Scotland season is over for the Watt, and Aidan Quinn playing with imperious authority at the back, the Watt played some great football, winning 4 – 0 with goals from Ali Shrive, Aidan Quinn, Ethan Stevens and a shot from Euan Scott which was turned into his own goal by a Colts defender.

Next Friday, the 20s travel to Denny to take on Dunipace in the last away game of the season before finishing on the following Monday (13th May) at home to Whitehill Welfare.

The Reserves have two games still to play – both interesting games against the two sides immediately below them in the LEAFA Lothian West table.  There is no game today, but on Monday evening Bank of Scotland Strollers visit the John Brydson Arena (kick-off 7 0’clock); then the Watt side concludes its programme next Saturday with a visit to near neighbours Balerno Athletic (kick-off 2 o’clock).

The visit to Linlithgow last Saturday brought yet another narrow defeat, by two goals to one to high-flying Linlithgow Rose, but a plucky 4 – 3 victory over Mill AFC on Monday evening put the Watt side back on track.

Watt is currently in seventh place in the Lothian West Division table – exactly half-way.  Mill AFC is two points ahead, but has played a game fewer; Bank of Scotland Strollers is five points behind, but has played two games fewer; Balerno Athletic is three points further back with one game in hand.  Theoretically, both sides are still in with a chance of overhauling the Watt team, but they both have other tough fixtures to play in their remaining games and of course the Riccarton side has the chance to consolidate its position by its own efforts in its final two matches.

Posted on May 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

Sizzling soccer to finish the season as Watt hold Camelon in high-scoring game

With his usual attacking options unavailable, Watt Head Coach Banji Koya turned to Reserve team captain Dan Potter on Saturday and played him up front for his first East of Scotland start against the formidable Camelon Juniors in the final East of Scotland League game of the season at Riccarton’s John Brydson Arena.  And how Dan responded, with a goal and an assist as Watt played out a 3 – 3 draw with their ex-Junior Superleague opponents.

The game started very badly for the Watt, with Alan Docherty and Connor McMullan giving the visitors a two-goal lead in the first five minutes of the game, but before half-time Potter’s pinpoint cross gave Ryan Higgins a chance to bring Watt back in touch with a header; then the stand-in striker scored the equaliser himself, driving in a left-foot shot after good work from Todd Teviotdale.

Dan went off injured soon after and made way for another player to make a name for himself.  After Alan Sneddon had put Camelon back in front, it was Dan’s replacement, Ronan Dowds, who gave the Watt a point from this strength-sapping game, sending a fierce drive past goalkeeper Michael Watson from Harry Barclay‘s superb pass.

After a spell in which the Reserves were going really well, the lads have found things tough in the last couple of weeks.  Puzzlingly, there’s still no result on the LEAFA website for the game against Edinburgh Star on the Saturday before last (13th April), but last Monday’s game against Linlithgow Rose brought a 1 – 0 defeat and Saturday’s Logan Cup Semi-final against Tollcross Thistle was a bridge too far for the Watt side.

The trouble with beating the top of the second tier in the Quarter-final is that you’re apt to run into a really good side in the Semi.  Thistle is top of the Premier Division for a reason and they were simply too good for the Watt team.  Heriot-Watt held out until eight minutes from half-time, but when Tollcross opened the scoring, the Watt cohesion disintegrated and the second half was one-way traffic, producing a final score of 8 – 0.

The Watt lads will console themselves with the thought that they won’t meet a side of that quality again this season.  Perhaps next time they can have their good run in one of the cups that isn’t open to every team in the LEAFA structure!

The Reserves’ difficult run continued tonight with another 1 – 0 defeat in their home game against Carluke Hearts.   The Watt will try to end its barren spell in front of goal on Saturday, but it’s another tough match – the return fixture with Linlithgow Rose (Linlithgow Sports Centre Xcite, kick-off 1.15).  On Monday, it’s back to the John Brydson for a home game against Mill AFC (kick-off 6.45).  When those games have been played, there will be only one more match for the Watt in this LEAFA season.

With this Friday’s fixture against Whitehill Welfare called off, the Under-20s will return to action at home to Cumbernauld Colts the following week (3rd of May) after a four-week hiatus.  An away match against Dunipace is due the following week (10th of May), leaving just the Whitehill game to be fitted in.

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 4:01 pm

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