Yet another narrow defeat

The Heriot-Watt players must be getting completely fed up with losing by a single goal.   After the 2 – 1 defeat by Jeanfield Swifts in the East of Scotland League at Perth a week on Saturday, the return fixture was played at Riccarton last night (Tuesday) with the same result.  In between, the Firsts put up a tremendous fight at Peffermill in a BUCS game against the very strong University of Edinburgh First, but after leading for almost eighty minutes, conceded two goals late in the match to lose by that same 2 – 1 score.

All football was off on Saturday due to the snow, so the Reserves didn’t play Linton Hotspur, but the same fixture has been arranged for this Saturday, giving the Watt side the chance to consolidate its fifth place in the league table in the only Lothian West Division fixture of the day.

Most of the BUCS football was wrapped up for the season last Wednesday, with the Men’s Fifths beating Edinburgh Napier Third 4 – 3 to finish its programme on a cheerful note.  The Men’s Sixths gained a walkover against bottom team West Lothian College First, but most disappointingly, the Women’s Firsts conceded their final game, a home match against University of Strathclyde First.  The Men’s Fourths finished their programme today and did so in style, inflicting a first league defeat of the campaign on divisional champions Edinburgh College First with a handsome 4 – 2 result.  The only BUCS game left to play now is the Conference Plate Final, in which the Watt Men’s Thirds will face the winner of the tie played today between University of Edinburgh Fifth and University of Stirling Fifth, the result of which we have not yet been able to discover.

As followers of the Watt’s Under-20 side will know, a second attempt was made to play the Knockout Cup tie against Kelty Hearts at Riccarton last Friday, but this match seemed destined to be the game they couldn’t complete and for a second time the match was abandoned.  Nothing to do with floodlights this time (although we did lose a few minutes in the first half when some of the lights went out for a time) but a much more regrettable reason – a bad injury to the Kelty goalkeeper which necessitated the calling of an ambulance.  After the players had been standing around for twenty minutes or so, it was decided to call a halt to proceedings.  Heriot-Watt has now withdrawn from the competition and allowed Kelty Hearts to proceed to the next round.

This Friday, the Watt Under-20s have a home tie against Dunipace (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 8 o’clock).

The following day, Saturday (23rd), the Watt entertains another of the big names which have entered the East of Scotland League this season from the East Junior Superleague when Bo’ness United comes to Riccarton for a Third Round tie in the King Cup (kick-off 3 o’clock).