Superb performance from Watt shadow squad

Last Saturday’s draw in Fife against St Andrews United was achieved with a squad containing four Under-20s in the starting line-up, but with Harry Barclay, Ali Shrive and Gavin Malin from the player pool for that match unavailable for action for yesterday’s game against Stirling University, Head Coach Banji Koya had to think it through again.  As so often before, he sprung surprises, keeping on the bench not only Lewis Duffy and Euan Scott, who had done so well the previous week, but also experienced midfielder Neil Laurenson, who had returned to Edinburgh but was short of training.

Instead, there were first starts for another three players – Under-20 defender Todd Teviotdale, midfielder Ross Clarke, who had made his first appearance as a substitute at St Andrews, and triallist winger Ethan Stevens – bringing to forty the number of players used by the Watt in the twenty fixtures played so far!

The formula was perfectly conceived – every man played his part and it was amazing to reflect that this side had never played together before as the Watt maintained its record of being the only team so far this season to keep a clean sheet against Stirling.  Having won 1 – 0 at Airthrey Campus in September, Watt went one better yesterday with a 2 – 0 victory.  The goals arrived in quick succession in the early part of the second half, with 18-year-old triallist Ethan Stevens playing a vital role in setting up Craig Smith and Calvin Muttitt for fine finishes.

The win takes the Watt back up to sixth place in Conference C, with 22 points from its fourteen games – currently the best record of any of the eleven clubs which composed the East of Scotland League last season.

The First Team has no game at the weekend ahead, as it is the odd team out in the thirteen in the Conference, but we stand by for news of a friendly match as Mr Koya assembles his squad ahead of the following Saturday’s game away to Linlithgow Rose.  A number of overseas players will be expected to return to Edinburgh in time for this game, as well as the ski party and some others who have been missing recently for one reason or another.

At the weekend, as well as the match scheduled for Friday evening involving the Under-20s against Edinburgh University, the Watt has its Reserves are back in action at Riccarton on Saturday with a Third Round tie in the Centenary Cup.  This is a trophy open to all LEAFA members, so at this stage (the winners progress to the Quarter Finals) challenging draws are likely.  Watt is up against Lauriston Thistle, leaders of Lothian East Division, with eight wins and one defeat in their nine league games so far.  This will be an interesting test for the Watt side, but one which they will relish.  The lads have been playing well and will fancy themselves to upset their well-regarded opponents.