Watt squad looks forward to Muirhouse visit

The weather has been pretty dry this week and the forecast suggests there will be no threat to tomorrow’s Heriot-Watt fixture.  The Watt squad visits Muirhouse to take on Civil Service Strollers in the Second Round of the Image Printers’ East of Scotland Qualifying Cup (kick-off 1.30).

Watt is on a five-match winning run, but the players will know that tomorrow’s test is one of the most severe faced this season so far against a Strollers side which is riding high in the Premier Division and still has an eye on a possible league title.  The Strollers escaped relegation on the last day of last season when recovery from a goal down to beat the Watt kept the Club in the Premier Division and sent the Watt to the bottom of the table for the first time in the league programme, but this season Civil Service has gone on from that reprieve to challenge at the top of the table.  It currently sits in third place with games in hand and hasn’t lost a league game since its second league fixture of the season in early September.

This should be an absorbing contest, as there is every reason for the Watt to be confident too after a five-win sequence in which twenty-two goals have been scored and four conceded, including the scalps of First Division contenders Duns and Ormiston and of Lowland League side Gala Fairydean Rovers.  Only one of those wins has come at home, so there is no reason for the Watt lads to feel that playing away at Muirhouse will be a handicap as they battle to win the right for another crack at Leith Athletic in the next round.

Watt will be without influential midfielder Sean Muhsin, who is cup-tied, but David Kerr returns to the squad for a match in which goalkeeper Craig Saunders will make his hundredth appearance for the Watt in East of Scotland competition.  Apart from DK’s inclusion and Sean’s unavailability, the Watt squad will be the one which won 4 – 0 at Hawick last Saturday.

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Challenge Cup win makes it five in a row for the Watt

Heriot-Watt yesterday scored a fifth consecutive win in East of Scotland competition with a 4 – 0 victory over Hawick Royal Albert at Albert Park (see ‘East of Scotland League’ tab for match report) to qualify for the Third Round of the prestigious SFA South Region Challenge Cup.

Elliot Sutherland bagged another couple of goals in this game, keeping up his tremendous scoring run.  Elliot has scored in all five of the games in the current winning sequence, with yesterday his second double, so he’s scored seven goals in those five matches.  Sean Muhsin was also on the scoresheet – in his case, for the fourth game in a row – and with a brace and a hat-trick included, Sean has contributed seven goals in the last four games.  The other goal yesterday was the opener, a beauty from Scott Davies to open his account for the top team.

Watt will have to wait to find out their opponents in the Third Round of the Challenge Cup as the draw for that Round has yet to be made.  The majority of teams left in the East/North part of the competition are Lowland League sides and the rest are from the East of Scotland Premier Division except for Ormiston, whose game against Whitehill Welfare was postponed again yesterday, so it’s sure to be a testing match.

Talking of testing matches, the Watt will face a stiff challenge next Saturday in its attempt to extend its winning sequence to six games.  It’s cup duty again, with a trip to the north of Edinburgh to face Civil Service Strollers in the Second Round of the Image Printers’ East of Scotland Qualifying Cup (yes, an even longer name than the full version of the Challenge Cup!).  The Strollers are having a good season and have lost only once in the nine league games they’ve played to date.  That puts the Muirhouse club in third place in the Premier Division table, six points behind leaders Leith Athletic with a game in hand and just three behind second-placed Easthouses Lily with two games in hand.

Watt’s Under-20 side has hit a bit of a dip in the last few weeks and went down 3 – 0 to Edinburgh City at Riccarton yesterday.  In the LEAFA games, the ‘A’ side recovered from last week’s shock defeat to win away, beating Clermiston Star 3 – 2 in the First Round of the Anderson Cup.  This was a fine result, as Clermiston has won all six of its fixtures in the Edinburgh East Division.  The ‘B’ side lost again, against Seaforth Highlanders, but by only two goals to one.  Next week, both LEAFA teams are away – the ‘A’ side to Edinburgh Academicals, a team which, on form, Watt ‘A’ should be able to beat (which is what we thought when they lost to Redpath Albion – so let’s get it right this time, lads!) and the ‘B’ side to Ratho Athletic, another team which appears to be of similar standard to the last opponents, so it should be a close game with another opportunity to find that elusive first win.

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Further toils in BUCS matches

It was another day of disappointment for Watt sides in inter-university competition as only a win for the Fifths and a draw for the Fourths relieved a day in which the other three Men’s sides followed the familiar pattern of single-goal defeats.

The Firsts went down 3 – 2 at Riccarton to Stirling 2nd to confirm relegation.  Next week, the Firsts travel to take on Liverpool 1st in the BUCS Trophy before finishing their programme for the season with another two tough games – away to Stirling 2nd and Edinburgh 1st – in the new year.

The Seconds and Thirds also lost out by the odd goal – the Seconds by 1 – 0 to Dundee 1st in Division 3A and the Thirds by 3 – 2 to Aberdeen 2nd in Division 5A.  Like the Firsts, both these sides have only a single point apiece to show for their efforts so far.  The Seconds play Glasgow Caledonian 1st at home next week before facing Edinburgh 2nd and Dundee 1st away and Stirling 3rd at home after the turn of the year.  The Thirds have no game next week, so all four of their remaining fixtures will be in 2015:  home games against Glasgow 3rd and Stirling 4th and trips to play Edinburgh Napier 2nd and Aberdeen 2nd.

The first glimmer of light today came with a 2 – 2 draw achieved by the Fourths against Aberdeen 4th.  This leaves the Watt side second in Division 8A behind St Andrews 3rd, who they play at Riccarton next Wednesday.  After the turn of the year there will be games against Glasgow Caledonian 2nd, Queen Margaret 1st and Aberdeen 4th, plus a Plate match against Strathclyde 4th.

Today’s solitary win came from the Fifths in Division 9A, in which a trip to the seaside was rewarded with a 4 – 2 victory over St Andrews 4th.  The 5ths lie third in the Division, with Stirling 6th, Edinburgh Napier 4th and Glasgow Caledonian 3rd coming up in the new year.

The Women’s team had no fixture today, but will take on Stirling 2nd at home in Division 3A next Wednesday before facing Glasgow Caledonian 1st, Edinburgh Napier 1st and Edinburgh 2nd after the bells.

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:09 am

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