Under-20s again hit five against student rivals

On Friday evening, the Heriot-Watt Under-20 side was a bit below normal strength for the visit of Edinburgh University, with Ali Shrive and Finn As-Chainey unavailable and Ben Voy not yet free from suspension, but the lads who filled the jerseys did superbly well, scoring five against the Peffermill side for the second time this season.  Craig Smith put the Watt ahead just before half-time, then a quick-fire double from Euan Scott on the restart put the Riccarton lads well in control.  A goal from Ronan Dowds and an own goal by Edinburgh ‘keeper Ben Thomson completed the nap hand before a last-minute consolation for the visitors was scored by Lewis Hendry.  With Voy once again available, Head Coach Banji Koya will hope to have close to a full choice of players for this Friday’s visit from Hill of Beath Hawthorn (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 8 o’clock).

There was no First Team fixture on the following day, but the Reserves completed a weekend of joy for Watt sides with a superb 2 – 1 win over Lothian East Division leaders Lauriston Thistle.  The victory takes the Watt team into the Quarter-finals of the Logan Cup, where they will have an away tie against the winners of a match between two Championship sides:  leaders Meadowbank AFC and seventh-placed Newcraighall Leith Vics.

On Saturday, the First Team has a visit to Prestonfield to face Linlithgow Rose in an East of Scotland League Conference ‘C’ match (kick-off 2.30).  The Rose will be looking to get back on track after losing 4 – 3 on Saturday in a thrilling match at Albyn Park, Broxburn, with former Watt striker Cammie Ross scoring twice for Broxburn Athletic.  The Watt Reserves are back to league action with an intriguing home game against Edinburgh Star, the club currently occupying fourth position in Lothian West Division, one place ahead of the Watt side.  Star has four points more but has played two more fixtures.  It looks like a close one.  Kick-off at the John Brydson Arena will be at 2 o’clock.