Superb Under-20s inflict first League defeat on Tynecastle

With the First Team having no fixture on Saturday, the spotlight was on the Under-20s’ match on Friday evening and the youngsters responded magnificently, winning 3 – 1 at Saughton over previously-unbeaten Tynecastle.  The goals came from Euan Scott, Ali Shrive and Aaron Gamble, but everyone played his part in an excellent team performance of determination and skill.  This Friday sees another stiff challenge for the Twenties as second-placed Bonnyton Thistle come calling at Riccarton.  Thistle have lost only twice in the League so far – an early-season defeat by Dunipace and the inevitable loss to Kelty Hearts – and have won the seven other games they’ve played, so they will be treated with the utmost respect.

After consecutive wins on the previous two weekends, the Reserves lost 4 – 2 on Saturday in the East of Scotland Cup to strong Stirling side Cambusbarron Rovers.  This result should not discourage the Watt lads, who travel this Saturday to face Lothian West Division leaders Edinburgh Harp.

The First Team makes the short trip to the Dem-Master Stadium on Saturday for an intriguing match against Blackburn United.

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 6:59 pm

QPS over for another season

Heriot-Watt Men’s Firsts tumbled out of the Queen’s Park Shield yesterday, beaten 1 – 0 by a well-organised University of the West of Scotland First.  The winning goal was a wonder strike by Luke Murray mid-way through the first half.

Next Wednesday will see the Men’s Firsts take on the University of Nottingham Second in the BUCS Trophy (kick-off 1.30), while the Men’s Seconds and Thirds play in League games.  The Seconds travel to take on St Andrews Second and the Thirds have a home game against Edinburgh Napier Second (1.30).

The Women’s Firsts have a home game against Robert Gordon First (4.00), the reverse of their last League match, a high-scoring encounter which RGU won 5 – 4.

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Reserves to the rescue again

For the second week in a row, the Reserves gave the Watt its only win of the weekend, winning 5 – 2 against Waverley Athletic in its Logan Cup Second Round tie.  The win takes Watt side into a home match against Lauriston Thistle in the last sixteen of the competition.  This Saturday will bring another cup tie, this time in the Third Round of the RJM Sports East of Scotland Cup.  It’s another home game, with the opponents being Cambusbarron Rovers, a very good side from the Caledonian Amateur League which won its Second Round tie against Falkirk Community by 13 – 0.  Clearly, the Watt lads will need to be in good form.

The Under-20s had another testing game on Friday evening, away to Hill of Beath Hawthorn, but a win was on the cards when the Watt took the lead through Todd Teviotdale half-way through the second half.  When the Watt was able to press forward, there seemed a good chance of another goal, but Hill of Beath increased their tempo and frequently kept the Watt pushed back.  Eventually, with less than ten minutes remaining, Lewis Payne grabbed an equaliser and the game finished all square.  This Friday takes the Watt lads to Saughton for another tough assignment, against high-scoring Tynecastle.

There was no hiding place for the First Team the following day in the East of Scotland League against Broxburn Athletic.  Playing against a top side for the second week in a row, the unavailability of Chris Lane, Ryan Higgins and Niko Giovanovits to add to the ongoing injury list took the situation beyond what the side could sustain and remain competitive.  An efficient Broxburn side put the Watt to the sword 7 – 0.  As the odd one out in the thirteen-team Conference, the Watt has a chance to lick its wounds this Saturday before travelling to the Dem-Master Stadium the following week for a vital game against Blackburn United.  By that time, we hope to have an improvement in player availability.

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm

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