Significant game against Preston awaits in East of Scotland League

Last weekend’s First Team fixture, away to Ormiston, was a bit of a struggle, but eventually the Watt lads banked three more points with a 4 – 2 win.  Tomorrow (Saturday) brings the visit of Preston Athletic, one place above the Watt in fifth position in Conference ‘C’ of the East of Scotland League (kick-off 3 o’clock).  It’s a very interesting prospect, as Heriot-Watt attempts to improve on a poor showing in a 4 – 1 defeat at the Pennypit in October.  Should the Watt win, it will go above Athletic in the table.  There are tough games to go for both in the run-in:  both have Camelon Juniors to play home and away, for example, and both have Jeanfield Swifts to meet at least once; but should the East Lothian side secure the points tomorrow, it will be a warm favourite to secure fifth place at the end of the season, and with it a place in the upper division of the League for next season.  Tyler Huxford has served his one-game suspension and is in contention for a place in the Watt line-up.

The Reserves’ meeting with Balerno Athletic last Saturday produced one of the most unusual scorelines in LEAFA football:  a goalless draw.  The point keeps the Watt team one point and one place ahead of its near neighbours in sixth position in Lothian West Division.  Tomorrow, the Heriot-Watt side is away to the team above it in the table:  fifth-placed Bank of Scotland Strollers.

Before the Saturday games come over the horizon, though, the Under-20 side returns to action this evening after a period of forced inactivity.  The Watt lads had no match three weeks ago because it had a bye in the First Round of the Challenge Cup; then, a fortnight ago, the 1st of February, the snow forced the postponement of the Knockout Cup First Round tie against Kelty Hearts.  Last Friday’s League game against Newtongrange Star was deleted to make way for the rearrangement of Star’s Knockout Cup tie against University of Stirling – which was then postponed!  At last, this week, it looks as though the Watt will succeed in getting a game – the rearranged Knockout Cup tie against Kelty.  Kick-off is at 8 o’clock at the John Brydson Arena.

BUCS games in midweek produced mixed results for the three Watt sides in action.  The Women’s Firsts went down 2 – 0 at home to University of Dundee First and the Men’s Seconds, for whom the wheels have come off recently, lost 4 – 0 to a very smart University of Glasgow Second side.  The good news again came from the Men’s Thirds, with a fine 1 – 0 away win against the team second-top of Division 5B, Queen Margaret University First.