Another victory but injury toll mounts at Riccarton

Heriot-Watt’s points total in Conference C of the East of Scotland League rose to six on Saturday with a 6 – 1 home win over Ormiston, but more injuries are giving Head Coach Banji Koya problems as he prepares for tough games ahead.

During the Ormiston game, all three substitutions were for injuries:  firstly to midfielder Tyler Huxford, recently signed on loan from Tynecastle, then to forward players Arran Singh and Matt Graham.  Then came news of a serious injury to experienced midfielder Gavin Malin during a Futsal tournament in Bosnia.  Malin joins  other long-term injury victims Chris Donnelly, Jackson Barker, Liam Hutchison and Max Allison.  Adam Beirne is also having to take a break from the game.  Adam Woolven is unavailable due to job demands and the same is likely to be the case for Chris Macher.

Other players we have lost since last season include Anton Dowds, Cammie Ross, Mark McGovern, Scott Dargo, Adam Breen, Greig Boulstridge, Finn Watt and Alex Snoddy.  All of this means that there are opportunities for those who can shine in the Trials on Friday and Sunday this week and for players from last season’s successful Under-20 squad to stake a claim for advancement.

On the brighter side, we look forward to welcoming back our returning students, most of whom should be with us again during the week ahead.  Jack Spence got to Riccarton in time to play on Saturday and we look forward to the arrivals of others including Niko Giovanovits, Aubin Balastrier, Ion Athanassios Diamantopoulos, Jens WillassenMatthew LawEwan McDuff and James Yearn.  We understand that Niall Quinn, who we hardly saw at all last season, is fit again and ready to go and we always live in hope of seeing Sean Campbell back in a Watt strip.

This Saturday sees another vital league game – away to Stirling University on the grass pitch at the Gannochy Sports Centre on Airthrey Campus (kick-off 2.30).  Another win would send the Watt in good heart to Prestonfield the following week to take on Linlithgow Rose in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup.