Preston overcome Watt resistance

In Saturday’s East of Scotland League match at Riccarton, Preston Athletic came from behind to squeeze out a 2 – 1 win.  Calvin Muttitt had given Heriot-Watt an early lead, but after Jonny Grotlin equalised, Bruce McCrorie scored the winner half-way through the second half.  It was a fine match, keenly contested between two sides playing good football and despite the defeat, Watt supporters enjoyed excellent entertainment.  This Saturday, the Watt begins a string of away fixtures by travelling to Carmuirs Park to face Camelon Juniors (kick-off 2.30).  The next three weeks will see the Watt travel to face Burntisland Shipyard in the King Cup, followed by two League games – the short trip to Paties Road to face Edinburgh United and the longer one to Riverside Stadium, Perth, to play Jeanfield Swifts.

On Friday evening, the Under-20s were involved in an unusual match in the First Round of the Knockout Cup at home to Kelty Hearts.  The Watt side scored early and late, through Lewis Duffy and Aaron Gamble, to take the match to extra time.  Mark Larmour put the Watt back in front, but an equaliser by Jordan Elliot made the score 3 – 3 at the end of extra time.  Before a penalty shoot-out could be staged, however, the floodlight timer came into operation around 10.45 and the match was abandoned.  We await news of what happens next.  This Friday evening, the Watt lads have their longest journey of the season when they travel to Kilmarnock to take on Bonnyton Thistle (kick-off 8 o’clock).  Bonnyton currently sits second in the Conference ‘A’ table, so it’s another challenge for the Watt side, but there is a strong feeling that this Watt team is further down the table than its talent suggests it should be and the players feel that any game is winnable if they can get it right on the night.

Good news on the Reserves, who on Saturday got back to winning ways with a 2 – 1 away victory against Bank of Scotland Strollers.  This Saturday, it’s déjà vu for the Watt side, which returns to take on the same opponents at Broughton High School (kick-off 1 o’clock) in the First Round of the Victory Cup.