Watt still on the East of Scotland rollercoaster

After a disappointing defeat and a thrilling victory in the first two games of the season, on Saturday the 5th Watt slumped to another loss – its fourth in a row at Recreation Park – as Burntisland Shipyard progressed to the League Cup proper, eliminating the Riccarton side.

By contrast, on Saturday past (the 12th), in the first League game of the season, the Watt scored its first ever victory over Tynecastle at Saughton Enclosure. The last time a Heriot-Watt team won away against Tynecastle was at the Maroons’ previous home, Fernieside, in a Qualifying League match on the 6th of August 2011. Saturday’s match turned around in its last twenty minutes, after the introduction of Mark McGovern and Cammie Ross. McGovern equalised eight minutes after replacing Anton Dowds and Ross added two more within thirteen minutes of substituting for Harry Warner, converting a 1 – 0 half-time deficit into a 3 – 1 victory.

The Watt will be trying for a repetition of the successful outcome this Saturday when the fixture is repeated at Riccarton, Tynecastle visiting in the First Round of the Football Nation East of Scotland Qualifying Cup. Watt won well in two home meetings with Tynie last season and if the sequence can be extended with another victory, a home match against Eyemouth United for a place in the last eight of the competition will be the prize.

Apologies again for the lack of match reports on the games played so far. We hope to have this sorted during the week or next week at the latest.

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Sparkling stuff at Shielfield

With Anton Dowds and Ronnie Napier back in the starting eleven, Heriot-Watt made up for Saturday’s insipid display and put themselves right back in the running in Qualifying League Section ‘A’ with a fine display of flowing football which yielded six goals without reply against Tweedmouth Rangers at Old Shielfield.

Tweedmouth is a decent side, but the clinical way in which the Watt took its chances on the night secured a handsome victory. Jackson Barker, Chris Lane and Mark McGovern gave the visitors a three-goal lead at half-time, then a quick-fire double from Anton Dowds and a strike by Cammie Ross completed the transformation of the Watt’s position in the Section.

The stage is set now for a showdown in Fife on Saturday when Watt travels to take on Burntisland Shipyard (kick-off 2.30). Watt’s last visit to Recreation Park was an unhappy one, Shippy turning a two-goal deficit into a 3 – 2 winning margin with a late and hotly-disputed penalty, so the Watt will wish to get back to winning ways at their opponents’ ground and thereby confirm its credentials to progress into the League Cup competition later in the season.

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Watt look for improvement tonight

Within the hour, the Heriot-Watt squad will set off for Berwick to take on Tweedmouth Rangers at Old Shielfield in the second of the three Section A matches involved in the Qualifying League. The match kicks off at 7.15.

Head Coach Banji Koya will be looking for a better performance than he got on Saturday when the Watt side capitulated against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, going down to a 3 – 0 defeat in a display which became increasingly limp as the game went on, despite Thistle-Vale going down to ten men with the dismissal of Dean Cummings.

Tweedmouth drew with Burntisland Shipyard in the other game in Section A, so Watt is currently last of the four and must take something from tonight’s encounter and from Saturday’s visit to Burntisland to have any chance of progressing.

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm

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