Mixed weekend for Watt sides

One win, one draw, one defeat – the Watt sides in action over the weekend covered the spectrum.

Off to a superb start on Friday evening with the Under-20 side getting their League campaign under way by trouncing Burntisland Shipyard by nine goals to two at New Central Park, Kelty. The Watt probably won’t be expecting victory by a similar score when the First Team visits the same venue in a fortnight’s time…!

Despite the outcome, Burntisland is a decent side, as has been demonstrated by earlier wins over Mid-Annandale, Tynecastle and, in the Scottish Youth Cup, Livingston FC, but the Watt team was in devastating form. There were doubles for Cammie Ross, Chris Macher and Ronan Dowds, plus goals from Mark McGovern and Jackson Barker. An own goal completed the tally, although Ronan tried to claim it on the journey home – the cheekiest attempt I’ve ever known by a striker to lay hands on a goal that had nothing to do with him! He was simply the nearest Watt player to a defender who played the ball back to the goalkeeper, whose miscontrol diverted the ball into the net. Ronan – you don’t get credit for those, laddie. The team’s performance on the night was all the more pleasing as the squad included so many new members – as well as double-scorer Chris, the starting line-up included Alex McMahon, Thomas Rietvelt, Justin Hogg and Greek defender Ion Diamantopoulos, who played superbly. And as well as double-scorer Ronan, the subs included Greig Boulstridge and Cameron Scott.

It was a great start for the 20s, but this Friday (the 13th) comes a truly formidable test, against BSC Glasgow, which has won every game it has played so far – five League games and a Qualifying League game – and is scoring at an average of over four goals per game. The match will be at Riccarton with an 8 o’clock kick-off.

On Saturday, the First Team travelled north to face Stirling University II in the East of Scotland League. It was a game of more endeavour than skill, but a wonderful strike by Adam Breen secured a 1 – 1 draw for the Watt. Coincidentally, next week’s East of Scotland game is also a home fixture against the team currently top of the table, which in this league is Preston Athletic. Preston has rebuilt after relegation from the Lowland League at the end of last season and after an opening-day defeat by Leith Athletic, has won its next six league matches, by steadily increasing margins, to reach the top of the table. With eight goals against both Coldstream and Eyemouth United and six against Burntisland Shipyard, Athletic is clearly carrying considerable fire-power.

Saturday’s other match saw the Reserves go down to another defeat, but this time a much less dispiriting one, as in the Second Round of the Centenary Cup they lost 3 – 0 to St Bernards, which currently occupies fourth position in the LEAFA Premier Division, two levels above the Lothian West Division in which the Watt side competes. Next up for this team is yet another cup tie, and another challenging one – at home to Callander Thistle of the Caledonian League Division 1B in the First Round of the RJM Sports East of Scotland Amateur Cup.