Winning weekend for Watt

All three Heriot-Watt sides in action this weekend faced tough ties, but all three emerged victorious after a very satisfactory weekend’s football.

The Under-20s got things under way on Friday evening, in a Challenge Cup match at the unusual location of the John Brydson Arena grass pitch – the first time a Heriot-Watt team has had the opportunity to play on the superb surface since it was relaid a couple of years ago.  Opponents were BSC Glasgow, second in Development League Conference ‘B’ and as fine a side as one would expect of a team in that lofty position.  Todd Teviotdale gave Heriot-Watt a half-time lead, but Mitchell Taylor equalised soon after the restart.  The winning goal in a 2 – 1 victory was scored by Mark Larmour with fifteen minutes left to play.

The Watt youngsters are in action again tomorrow evening, back on the JBA synthetic, in a rearranged League match against Newtongrange Star.  As it’s a Monday, rather than the usual Friday, kick-off is earlier than usual, at 7.30.

Yesterday (Saturday), the Watt First Team was also involved in a cup tie against a team from another Conference, travelling to Fife to face Burntisland Shipyard in the Second Round of the King Cup.  Shippy’s lowly place in the League might suggest that this was one the Watt should win comfortably – but none of the travelling party was deceived.  “Comfortable” is a description never applicable to a game at Recreation Park.  Watt knew they’d be in for a battle and Burntisland showed all the endeavour and determination expected, but Neil Laurenson‘s headed goal ten minutes from half-time (harshly and surely unjustly credited by the referee as an own-goal against defender Grant Skinner) sealed the win for the visitors.

Next Saturday, it’s back to League business for the Watt, who will travel to Perth to take on former Junior Superleague side Jeanfield Swifts, which occupies third place in the table.  The Swifts will be smarting from yesterday’s unexpected home defeat by St Andrews United, which moved the Watt down to eighth in Conference ‘C’.

The set was completed yesterday by the Reserves‘ excellent 2 – 0 win away to Falkirk side Mill AFC.  The points advanced the points total to 21 and pushed the Watt lads on to fifth position in the league table.  They’ve played a game more than Bank of Scotland Strollers, two points behind in sixth and three games more than Mill, who are three behind in seventh, but if Watt can keep up recent good form, a fifth-place finish is achievable.  What an improvement on last season!   Next Saturday, Heriot-Watt has an opportunity to consolidate its position, as Mill AFC and Bank of Scotland Strollers meet in Falkirk.  The Watt side has the short journey to Clermiston Park to face Clermiston Vale, currently ninth in the table.  Should the Watt lads win that game, they can put further points between themselves and one (or possibly both) of their main rivals.