Nil return for Watt sides

In three matches over the weekend, Heriot-Watt showed which part of the pitch is its greatest problem at the moment, losing all three without scoring a goal.  Perhaps the most disappointing result was the most marginal defeat, as the Reserves – missing ace striker Lewis Whitelaw already after his arm-break in the recent skiing trip – went down 1 – 0 at home to Edinburgh Star.  This followed a 2 – 0 defeat on Friday evening for the Under-20s, at home to Hill of Beath Hawthorn – for the second time this season conceding two in the last ten minutes to lose to a Fife side.

The First Team had the heaviest of the three defeats, going down 3 – 0 to Linlithgow Rose at Prestonfield, but conversely this was the least disappointing result – holding the famous Linlithgow club to a relatively narrow margin, including the obligatory last-minute goal, was a tribute to the unceasing endeavour of the Watt side, which worked tremendously hard to deny space to Rose’s creative players and also to create some chances of its own, although it was unable to take any of them.

Special mention must go to 18-year-old Todd Teviotdale, who, after playing ninety minutes for the Under-20s on the previous evening, played in defence in opposition to 300-plus goal man Tommy Coyne, the redoubtable and experienced MacLennan brothers, Ruari and Roddy, and Owen Ronald, who numbers Airdrieoneans and Stenhousemuir amongst his five Scottish League clubs.  In this elevated company, Todd performed excellently, defending with judgment and alertness and taking the chance to drive forward when that was possible.

Next weekend, the Under-20s have no fixture, so Head Coach Banji Koya has arranged a friendly match for Monday evening.  The opposition will be Edinburgh City Star Under-19s, a team formed from players of Edinburgh City and our partner club Currie Star.  Kick-off will be at 7 o’clock.

Next Saturday’s matches are full of interest.  The Firsts have the reverse fixture for one of our most exciting games of the season when Blackburn United visit Riccarton.  In the game at the Dem-Master Stadium, Watt roared into a 4 – 0 lead just after half-time, but the rest of the match belonged to the home side, who clawed back three goals but couldn’t get an equaliser before the final whistle brought relief to the harassed Watt defenders.  It will be fascinating to see what sort of shape the game takes.

The Reserves will have a chance to get back on track with a visit to Queensferry Athletic in Lothian West Division.  Queensferry has ten points from thirteen games and is three places below the Watt side in the League table.  Coach Michal Suski will be hoping he can find an answer to the goals issue in the absence of his regular striker and get the Watt side back to winning ways.

The week after next, another layer of complexity will be added to the fixture programme with the resumption of BUCS matches.  A week on Wednesday (30th January), the Men’s Firsts will visit University of Stirling Second; the Men’s Seconds will be at home to University of Aberdeen Second; the Men’s Thirds will travel across the city to play University of Edinburgh Fifth; the Men’s Sixths will have a home match against Edinburgh Napier University Third; and the Women’s Firsts will have the first of two consecutive visits to Edinburgh Napier First, whom they play the following week in the Conference Cup.