Watt ‘Threes’ ready for Cup Final

Heriot-Watt’s Men’s Third team, which is largely composed of new students, many of whom play for the Under-20s in the Development League on Friday evenings, has had a rather inconsistent season in BUCS Scottish Conference 5B, which is only to be expected with a young side.  They’ve been involved in some cracking matches, though, including 2 – 2 draws home and away against University of Edinburgh Fifth, which won the division.  With two draws followed by two defeats, the side got off to a rather stuttering start, but since then has had those two draws with Edinburgh 5th, one defeat and three victories, ensuring the side finished ten points clear of the relegation spot and seven off the top of the table.

Tomorrow comes the third meeting of the season with University of Edinburgh Fifth, this time in the Final of the BUCS Scottish Conference Plate.  As these things are arranged, the two sides from the capital will travel to St Andrews University to play the match, which has a 12.30 kick-off.  To reach the Final, the Watt side has seen off University of Abertay Dundee Third (2 – 0), Edinburgh Napier University Second (4 – 2) and Edinburgh Napier University Third (6 – 1).  The Edinburgh team has disposed of University of Strathclyde Third (2 – 0), University of St Andrews Fifth (2 – 0) and University of Stirling Fifth (5 – 1).

Results at the weekend were not particularly favourable for Watt sides.  The First team had the tough task of taking on Bo’ness United in the Third Round of the King Cup.  Heriot-Watt got off to a bad start, conceding two goals in the opening eight minutes, but after Calvin Muttitt pulled one back four minutes from half-time, the outcome was in the balance until the visitors grabbed another quick double in the last ten minutes of the match to win 4 – 1.

On Friday evening, the Under-20s came up against a strong Dunipace side and they also fell two goals behind before they were properly into their stride.  Mark Larmour reduced the arrears half-way through the second half, but the Watt side couldn’t find a way through again and went down to a disappointing 2 – 1 defeat.

The Reserves were involved in the only match in Lothian West Division of LEAFA, but couldn’t take full advantage of the opportunity, drawing 2 – 2 away to lowly Linton Hotspur.

This Saturday, the Watt will again take part in the weekend visit of Groundhop UK to the East of Scotland League, but this year as the away side.  Ballast Bank will be the venue for the game against Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.  To suit the Groundhoppers’ timetable, the match will kick off at 2.15.

The Reserves will have a major challenge on Saturday, with an away tie to Championship leaders Meadowbank FC in the Quarter-finals of the Logan Cup.  The match will take place on the Portobello High School 3G pitch, kicking off at 3 o’clock.  It’s back to league business for the Reserves in midweek, with a home game next Wednesday evening (3rd April) against Bank of Scotland Strollers.

Before any of that, the Watt Under-20s must face Tynecastle on Friday evening at the John Brydson Arena (kick-off 8 o’clock).  Tynie has been going great guns in the League recently, winning every game since a 1 – 0 defeat away to Hill of Beath Hawthorn away back in November – curiously, a week after a 3 – 1 home defeat to Heriot-Watt.  The Watt would be well pleased with a similar result this Friday.