Mixed bag in BUCS this week

There was some good, some not so good and some excellent for Heriot-Watt teams in this week’s BUCS matches.

In the final week of competition until the new year, there was a full list of fixtures for Watt sides, although disappointingly and frustratingly, the Women’s Firsts conceded a 1 – 0 win to their University of Dundee First rivals to fall six points behind them at the foot of Division 2A.

The Men’s Firsts also had bad news, losing out 2 – 1 in a tight match against University of Edinburgh First.  The Watt now has it all to do to preserve its top-division status.  With three games left to play, it must convert narrow defeats into victories to gain the points needed, but all three games are winnable and a great escape is still a feasible proposition.

The Men’s Seconds had a memorable win in a fluctuating match against University of Strathclyde Second, putting the Watt side three points ahead of Strathclyde at the top of Division 3A.  There are still tricky fixtures to come, but if it can keep it going, the Watt side is in a position to top the table at the end of the season.

Performance of the day must go to the Men’s Thirds, who shredded a decent University of Edinburgh Fourth side with a scintillating performance.  There were six different scorers in the 6 – 0 win, with goalkeeper Owain Thomas making a brilliant save in the second half to preserve his clean sheet.  Ronan  Dowds, Aaron Gamble, Euan Scott, Cammy Rintoul, Aidan Walter and Ali Naysmith were the Watt marksmen.

There was a narrow 2 – 1 win for the Watt Men’s Fourths in the all-Riccarton game against Watt Fifths in Division 6B and the Men’s Sixths came agonisingly close to doing the Fourths a big favour, losing only 3 – 2 away to the Fourths’ promotion rivals, Edinburgh College First.  Both sides have won all their games to date and have an identical goal difference, but College has played one more game and currently leads the Division by three points.  The crunch meeting between the sides comes on the 23rd of January at Riccarton, after which the Watt team will have games against University of Stirling Fifth and University of Edinburgh Sixth to complete its fixtures, while Edinburgh College will have a game against the Watt Fifths.