Watt wins make Riccarton happy in run-up to Rose test

Saturday was a day of joy for Heriot-Watt with hard-fought wins against Stirling University in the East of Scotland League and Mill AFC in the Logan Cup.  Reports on both matches are on the respective tabs above (East of Scotland League and LEAFA Amateurs).

The First Team victory at Airthrey Campus was very satisfying, particularly as a strong, physical Stirling side made it a tough match in every way.  The Watt lads rose to the challenge, however, with Ryan Higgins leading by example and giving a performance of such energy that it had us checking to see if there was really only one of him on the pitch.  The goal which clinched the points was a fine strike by Michael Ward from Chris Lane‘s pass.  Plaudits are also due to Callum Reid for a high-quality first-half save, to Harry Barclay for yet another outstanding match and to Ali Shrive, who made his debut during the second half and turned in a sparkling cameo that has us looking forward to seeing more of the young man.

With plenty of talent on view at the Trials which took place on Friday and yesterday, optimism is high at Riccarton as we prepare for our trip to Prestonfield on Saturday to face the redoubtable Linlithgow Rose in the First Round of the South Region Challenge Cup.  The ‘Rosey Posey’ hasn’t had the best of starts to the season by its own very high standards, but will still expect to go far in this competition.  For the Watt, it is simply a privilege to play a competitive game against one of the foremost names in Scottish non-League football.

The Watt Reserves got off to a great start to the season on Saturday past, winning 3 – 1 to go through to the next round of the Logan Cup, where the team will have a home tie against Waverley Athletic.  The next game, this coming Saturday, will be the first League match of the season, involving one of the longest trips, to face Carluke Hearts, though the venue given on the LEAFA website is Moor Park, which as far as we can establish is in Lanark.