Reserves gain Watt’s only point in tough weekend

With fixtures against Kelty Hearts and Broxburn Athletic, expectations for the Senior sides over the weekend were limited.  In the event, the 20s were really unfortunate to lose 2 – 1 on Friday evening, with all three goals coming in the last ten minutes of the home match against Kelty.  A defensive error led to the visitors’ opener, but after they quickly added a second goal, it was good to see the Watt side come back to snatch a goal back before the finish when Lewis Duffy was on hand to finish after Alistair Naysmith’s shot had been diverted against the post by the Kelty goalkeeper.

The following day, there were further calamitous goals to put Heriot-Watt two down by half-time at Albyn Park, but in the second half, after Callum Reid had saved a penalty, Aidan Quinn scored from the spot at the other end to get the Watt on to the scoresheet and keep the margin of Broxburn’s victory to two.

The one point secured by a Watt side at the weekend came from the Reserves, who maintained their unbeaten record in Lothian West Division with a second successive draw, this time 3 – 3 away to Murieston United ‘B’.

Next weekend, the Under-20 side travels to New Victoria Park to take on Newtongrange Star, one of the new entrants to the Development League this season and a team the Watt has never yet played.  Star has been finding the going tough so far in this demanding grade, but is showing signs of improvement and gained its first win, over Mid-Annandale, during September.

The following day, the First Team plays Craigroyston for the second time in the season.  The date was originally vacant for the Watt, but the return game with Craigie has been slotted in, giving the Watt a chance to avenge its 1 -0 defeat in the first League game of the campaign.  The Reserves play yet another cup tie, this time in the Centenary Cup, in which they play host to Clermiston Star.  Although it hasn’t had the best of starts to its programme, Star plays two strata above the Watt side, in the LEAFA Premier Division, so this game certainly presents a major challenge for Watt Reserves.