Back to maximum activity – but nothing at Riccarton

All three Heriot-Watt sides will be in action during this weekend, but each is away from home and the venues are scattered far and wide.

On Friday evening, the Under-20s travel to Glasgow to meet unpredictable Edusport Academy (kick-off 8 o’clock) at New Tinto Park, Benburb Juniors’ ground, situated just off Edmiston Drive near Ibrox Stadium. Edusport occupies a mid-table position, but for some time past has been winning at home and losing away. The last game was a defeat, 2 – 0 away to Edinburgh University – but the one before that was a 5 – 0 win over Tynecastle. Edusport has lost only once at home this season so far – and that was back in October. Watt will be without the suspended Jackson Barker.

The following day, the First Team takes the trip across the Forth to Recreation Park, where it will try yet again to lay its Burntisland Shipyard hoodoo (kick-off 2 o’clock). The Watt has endured four successive single-goal defeats at the Fife ground and last won there in October 2014. Last season, Watt won 9 – 0 at home against Shippy, but still managed to go down 3 – 2 in the reverse fixture. This season, 3 – 2 was the score by which the Watt held on to the points at Riccarton in September, since when Burntisland has further strengthened its player pool.

The Reserves, after a traumatic end to 2017, get back into action with a tough cup-tie, away to LEAFA Lothian West League leaders Murieston United in Round 2 of the Miller Cup (kick-off 2 o’clock). A tie of this difficulty may not have been what the Watt required at the start of a campaign to move away from the foot of the division, but at least there will be a chance to play with the freedom of knowing that league points are not at stake.