Watt warm up for weekend games with the help of Tollcross

With a two-week gap since Heriot-Watt had a fixture in the East of Scotland League and two vital games coming up for the Under-20 side, Head Coach Banji Koya took the opportunity last night to play a friendly match against Tollcross Thistle of the LEAFA Premier Division.

The Tollcross side, containing former Watt favourite Michael Hornig, is a slick outfit and provided a stern test for a mixed Watt XI which featured players from the First Team and the Under-20s. The result was of secondary importance to both sides, but the Watt eased home when Gregor Macdonald‘s last-minute goal added to earlier strikes by Anton Dowds and Cammie Ross to give the Watt team a 3 – 2 win.

Bejay was pleased to have such a suitable workout for his squads ahead of Friday’s Under-20 game at home to Bonnyton Thistle (kick-off 8 o’clock) and Saturday’s East of Scotland match away to Ormiston (Hibernian Training Centre, East Mains, 3 o’clock). The Under-20s will be in action again on Monday evening, at home to Cumbernauld Colts (7.45).

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Watt win at Ainslie Park opens up Under-20 League

On Friday evening, Heriot-Watt Under-20s became the first side this season to inflict a home defeat on league-leaders Spartans. The result was good news for all the other contenders in the League, as Spartans, who had won their previous nine games, were beginning to look like establishing an unassailable lead at the top of the table.

The key to the victory was a superbly-organised team performance which enabled the Watt side to be the first in the programme of matches so far to prevent Spartans scoring in a League game. The Watt had created a number of chances during the game, including, just before half-time, an effort by Matthew Law which struck the post, but it was still goal-less late in the match before Ronan Dowds turned to send in a powerful drive which beat Jordan Pettigrew in the home goal.

The victory moved the Watt up to third place in the Development League table, with two games still to play before the short fixture gap over the holiday period. This Friday, Bonnyton Thistle will be the visitors to Riccarton before Cumbernauld Colts call next Monday (the 18th).

Bonnyton is new to the League this season and is based in Kilmarnock. Its results to date have been a bit patchy, but a draw against the University of Stirling and an away win against BSC Glasgow show that the team must not be underestimated and that on its day it can compete with the best. The Bonnyton club has joined the South of Scotland League and in this, its first season, currently leads the League, so that gives an indication of the strength of the club’s playing resources.

Cumbernauld is well known to us from previous seasons and has been one of the foremost clubs in the Development League since its inception. After the Watt’s victory last Friday, Cumbernauld is now relatively the best-placed side in the League, sitting second behind Spartans with only one defeat (away to Spartans) and one draw (away to Edinburgh University) to mar its record of success. Clearly, this will be another very challenging game for the Watt lads, but if they can secure the points on Friday and Monday, they will be able to count themselves back in the hunt at the top of the League.

Meanwhile, the Watt’s First Team at last has a fixture to contemplate. After two weeks’ inactivity, on Saturday the Firsts will travel to the Hibernian Training Centre at East Mains to face Ormiston. The East Lothian side has had quite a resurgence recently, winning its last three matches in the League after having lost all ten of its previous games.

Those who saw the Watt’s 3 – 1 win in the reverse fixture in August will have been less surprised by the revival than by the fact it has taken so long in coming. Ormiston looked a tidy side at Riccarton, perhaps requiring only a cutting edge, and reports on many of their games since have indicated that they have lost out in close contests. Recent additions to both playing and coaching resources seem to have given Ormi that extra bit of momentum and the side is now competitive and challenging, as their successes against Eyemouth United, Burntisland Shipyard and Coldstream have shown.

The Watt has been turned over too many times on visits to East Lothian to treat this match with anything but the utmost seriousness and commitment, but that doesn’t guarantee success will follow and we look to the players to shake off any rustiness from their period without a fixture and play to their best to gain the three points.

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

20s take on league leaders tonight

There wasn’t a lot of BUCS action planned for Wednesday, but in the event, none of it took place. The Men’s Division 6B match between the Watt’s Fifths and Fourths was deferred until next semester and the Sixths’ game against Edinburgh Napier University Third was also postponed.

With the First Team also inactive this weekend, the spotlight is squarely on the Under-20 side. After last week’s 1 – 0 defeat by a very strong University of Stirling team, the Watt lads have another testing assignment this evening – a trip to Ainslie Park to take on The Spartans.

Apart from an early-season defeat by Edinburgh University, the Spartans side has won all its league matches to date and has established a six-point lead at the top of the League. If the Watt could become the first Development League team this season to inflict a home defeat on their hosts, they would also draw to within six points of the league-leaders, alongside Whitehill Welfare and two points ahead of Cumbernauld Colts, who visit Riccarton for a postponed game a week on Monday (18th of December), before which Heriot-Watt will be hosts to Bonnyton Thistle next Friday (15th).

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

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