Points slip through Watt fingers

It was a bit of a disappointing weekend for Heriot-Watt teams in the end.  There was no Under-20 game on Friday, so the First Team headed for Perth on Saturday for its East of Scotland League Conference ‘C’ game against Jeanfield Swifts, aiming to secure the first three points of the weekend.  They nearly did it, too, Craig Smith opening the scoring with just twenty minutes left to play, but an equaliser from Lee Deans, which didn’t reach the net but was deemed to be over the line, was the precursor to a late headed goal by Rhys Davies to give the home side a 2 – 1 win and leave the Watt party deflated.

Next Saturday, Watt makes a much shorter journey, to Paties Road to take on Edinburgh United in a game which is surely a must-win if there is to be any chance of Heriot-Watt gaining a place in next season’s top division of the League.

The Reserves also had a bit of a disappointing result, drawing 1 – 1 away to Clermiston Vale, a side four places below them in the LEAFA Lothian West Division table.  Not a disastrous outcome, but the Watt side would have hoped to secure all three points.  Next Saturday, the Riccarton side travels to face second-bottom Linton Hotspur.

Before then, Friday evening will see the Watt Under-20 side repeat its Development League Challenge Cup tie against Kelty Hearts.  Remember the game that finished 3 – 3 after extra time when the lights went out before the penalty shoot-out could be held?  We’ll be back at Riccarton to do it all again this Friday, kicking off at 7.30, half an hour earlier than last time.

Before all of the above, most of the remaining BUCS games for the season are due to be played on Wednesday.  The Men’s Firsts have their crucial Division 1A match away to University of Edinburgh First (Peffermill, kick-off 3 o’clock); the Women’s Firsts aim to gain some consolation at the end of a difficult season when they host a match against University of Strathclyde First (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 4,45); the Men’s Thirds play University of Edinburgh Fourth, also at Peffermill (kick-off 3 o’clock); the Men’s Fourths are at home to University of Edinburgh Sixth (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 2.45); the Men’s Fifths play at home against Edinburgh Napier University Third (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 12.45); and the Men’s Sixths play West Lothian College First on the Riccarton grass, kicking off at 1.30.