Blackburn return match is another close one

The Watt’s eagerly-anticipated return game with Blackburn United, following the frantic 4 – 3  match at the Dem-Master Stadium in late November, was another tense affair, this time ending in a 1 – 1 draw.  An early lapse in the home defence gave Darren Downie the opportunity to give Blackburn the lead, but Aidan Quinn‘s twice-taken late penalty restored parity.

There will be no East of Scotland fixture for Heriot-Watt this Saturday, with all of the other twelve teams in Conference C otherwise occupied – ten in League games (albeit one of these has already been postponed) and the other two in cup ties.  Watt’s King Cup opponent, Burntisland Shipyard, is also scheduled to play a League fixture.  The next match will therefore be on the following Saturday (9th February), away to Ormiston.

The Reserves had a setback on Saturday, going down 2 – 1 away to Queensferry Athletic.  This Saturday’s game will be another test, away to Bank of Scotland Strollers in Lothian West Division.  There is an early 1 o’clock kick-off in this one, which will be played at Broughton High School 3G.

Having received a bye in the First Round of the Challenge Cup, the Under-20 side was inactive on Friday evening, but this Friday will have a welcome third meeting of the season with Kelty Hearts, this time at Riccarton in the First Round of the Knock-out Cup.  Although it was back in early October, memories of the 2 – 1 defeat in the last match against Kelty are still fresh – all the goals came in the last ten minutes after a match of few chances – and the Watt players will relish another opportunity to do battle with the League leaders.

Before then, of course, we have tomorrow’s BUCS games, as mentioned at the end of the previous post.  The Men’s Firsts kick off at 1 o’clock at Airthrey Campus against University of Stirling Second; the Men’s Seconds start at 1.15 against University of Aberdeen Second at the John Brydson Arena; the Men’s Sixths follow that match at 3.15 against Edinburgh Napier University Third; the Women’s Firsts kick-off at 3 o’clock against Edinburgh Napier University First at Ainslie Park; and the Men’s Thirds start at 5 o’clock against University of Edinburgh Fifth at Peffermill.

Posted on January 29, 2019 at 9:47 pm

Nil return for Watt sides

In three matches over the weekend, Heriot-Watt showed which part of the pitch is its greatest problem at the moment, losing all three without scoring a goal.  Perhaps the most disappointing result was the most marginal defeat, as the Reserves – missing ace striker Lewis Whitelaw already after his arm-break in the recent skiing trip – went down 1 – 0 at home to Edinburgh Star.  This followed a 2 – 0 defeat on Friday evening for the Under-20s, at home to Hill of Beath Hawthorn – for the second time this season conceding two in the last ten minutes to lose to a Fife side.

The First Team had the heaviest of the three defeats, going down 3 – 0 to Linlithgow Rose at Prestonfield, but conversely this was the least disappointing result – holding the famous Linlithgow club to a relatively narrow margin, including the obligatory last-minute goal, was a tribute to the unceasing endeavour of the Watt side, which worked tremendously hard to deny space to Rose’s creative players and also to create some chances of its own, although it was unable to take any of them.

Special mention must go to 18-year-old Todd Teviotdale, who, after playing ninety minutes for the Under-20s on the previous evening, played in defence in opposition to 300-plus goal man Tommy Coyne, the redoubtable and experienced MacLennan brothers, Ruari and Roddy, and Owen Ronald, who numbers Airdrieoneans and Stenhousemuir amongst his five Scottish League clubs.  In this elevated company, Todd performed excellently, defending with judgment and alertness and taking the chance to drive forward when that was possible.

Next weekend, the Under-20s have no fixture, so Head Coach Banji Koya has arranged a friendly match for Monday evening.  The opposition will be Edinburgh City Star Under-19s, a team formed from players of Edinburgh City and our partner club Currie Star.  Kick-off will be at 7 o’clock.

Next Saturday’s matches are full of interest.  The Firsts have the reverse fixture for one of our most exciting games of the season when Blackburn United visit Riccarton.  In the game at the Dem-Master Stadium, Watt roared into a 4 – 0 lead just after half-time, but the rest of the match belonged to the home side, who clawed back three goals but couldn’t get an equaliser before the final whistle brought relief to the harassed Watt defenders.  It will be fascinating to see what sort of shape the game takes.

The Reserves will have a chance to get back on track with a visit to Queensferry Athletic in Lothian West Division.  Queensferry has ten points from thirteen games and is three places below the Watt side in the League table.  Coach Michal Suski will be hoping he can find an answer to the goals issue in the absence of his regular striker and get the Watt side back to winning ways.

The week after next, another layer of complexity will be added to the fixture programme with the resumption of BUCS matches.  A week on Wednesday (30th January), the Men’s Firsts will visit University of Stirling Second; the Men’s Seconds will be at home to University of Aberdeen Second; the Men’s Thirds will travel across the city to play University of Edinburgh Fifth; the Men’s Sixths will have a home match against Edinburgh Napier University Third; and the Women’s Firsts will have the first of two consecutive visits to Edinburgh Napier First, whom they play the following week in the Conference Cup.

Posted on January 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Under-20s again hit five against student rivals

On Friday evening, the Heriot-Watt Under-20 side was a bit below normal strength for the visit of Edinburgh University, with Ali Shrive and Finn As-Chainey unavailable and Ben Voy not yet free from suspension, but the lads who filled the jerseys did superbly well, scoring five against the Peffermill side for the second time this season.  Craig Smith put the Watt ahead just before half-time, then a quick-fire double from Euan Scott on the restart put the Riccarton lads well in control.  A goal from Ronan Dowds and an own goal by Edinburgh ‘keeper Ben Thomson completed the nap hand before a last-minute consolation for the visitors was scored by Lewis Hendry.  With Voy once again available, Head Coach Banji Koya will hope to have close to a full choice of players for this Friday’s visit from Hill of Beath Hawthorn (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 8 o’clock).

There was no First Team fixture on the following day, but the Reserves completed a weekend of joy for Watt sides with a superb 2 – 1 win over Lothian East Division leaders Lauriston Thistle.  The victory takes the Watt team into the Quarter-finals of the Logan Cup, where they will have an away tie against the winners of a match between two Championship sides:  leaders Meadowbank AFC and seventh-placed Newcraighall Leith Vics.

On Saturday, the First Team has a visit to Prestonfield to face Linlithgow Rose in an East of Scotland League Conference ‘C’ match (kick-off 2.30).  The Rose will be looking to get back on track after losing 4 – 3 on Saturday in a thrilling match at Albyn Park, Broxburn, with former Watt striker Cammie Ross scoring twice for Broxburn Athletic.  The Watt Reserves are back to league action with an intriguing home game against Edinburgh Star, the club currently occupying fourth position in Lothian West Division, one place ahead of the Watt side.  Star has four points more but has played two more fixtures.  It looks like a close one.  Kick-off at the John Brydson Arena will be at 2 o’clock.

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 8:06 pm

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