Under-20s consolidate with emphatic win over rivals

Heriot-Watt’s Under-20 side, which went to the top of the Lowland and East of Scotland Development League on Friday by beating Burntisland Shipyard 5 – 1, had another five-goal romp in Monday’s rearranged game against Edinburgh University on the indoor pitch at Oriam. This time there was also a clean sheet, giving the lads a 5 – 0 victory – perhaps the biggest win ever by any Watt side over the old rivals. It could easily have been an even bigger win, too, as in the second half the home side created a host of excellent chances, missing more than the four they put away.

The Watt lead at the top of the table remains two points, however, as in the other match played on the same evening, Whitehill Welfare had a 2 – 1 win over Edusport Academy to break free from the other two sides on 34 points and move on to 37, two behind the Watt’s 39. It doesn’t get any easier for the table-toppers in this most challenging of leagues – next up, on Friday evening, is a trip to the west to take on BSC Glasgow at Scotstoun (kick-off 8 o’clock). The Watt came a cropper at this venue last year when they were flying high and BSC was struggling at the bottom of the table and also lost at home to the Glasgow side early this season, so we know another difficult match is in prospect.

After Friday’s game, there is a break from the League for two cup ties over the course of the following two weeks, but it doesn’t mean the matches get any easier: in the Challenge Cup on the 16th of February, the Watt side is away to University of Stirling; then on the 23rd in the Knockout Cup, it’s away to Whitehill Welfare before a return to League action on the 2nd of March at home to Edinburgh City. It’s a programme that encapsulates the rigours of this League, but if the Watt team can continue to perform as it did on Monday, they need fear nothing.

Today, it’s a Wednesday, which means BUCS fixtures. The Women’s Firsts, fresh from their League triumph last week, travel north to face University of Dundee First in the Quarter-finals of the Scottish Conference Cup. Dundee is fifth in Conference Division 2A, the division in which the Watt will compete next season, so this will be a guide as to what to expect. The winners will be at home in the Semi-finals to either St Andrews University Second (sixth in 2A) or Strathclyde University First (second in 2A).

It’s also cup duty today for the Men’s Firsts, who go across the city to play University of Edinburgh Fourth, in the Men’s version of the Scottish Conference Cup. Despite the mid-table Division 4A status of their opponents, nothing will be taken for granted against a team which had a fine 5 – 1 win away to University of Dundee Second in the last round. In the Semi-finals, the winners will be at home to either University of Dundee First (first in Division 3A) or University of St Andrews First (second, behind the Watt, in Division 2A, but having inflicted a defeat on penalties on the Watt side recently in the Queen’s Park Shield).

Four other Men’s sides are in action today. The Thirds have a league game today, away to Edinburgh College First at Marine Drive. College is at the foot of Division 5B and the Watt will seek to go second with a win. The Fourths and Fifths meet in a Division 6B match at 1 o’clock on the Brydson Arena synthetic, with the Fifths as the home side; and the Sixths travel to Kilmarnock to face University of the West of Scotland Second (eighth in Division 5A) in the Quarter-finals of the Scottish Conference Plate (kick-off 2 o’clock). All the best to all the Watt sides in action.