Watt’s East of Scotland challenge fades with defeat at Paties Road

Edinburgh United yesterday gained revenge for the Watt’s victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the season with a 3 – 0  win at its trim Paties Road Stadium.  The final score was very hard on the visitors, who were left to reflect on the old adage about taking your chances whilst you’re on top.

The Watt side was particularly dominant in the first half, but the score sheet was still blank at half-time and individual errors cost the side dearly in the second period.  The result leaves the Watt with only a theoretical chance of qualifying for the top division in next season’s East of Scotland League – a win by at least five clear goals in next Saturday’s final fixture against Camelon Juniors would be required in order to have any chance, and that seems about even money with the chances of the game being snowed off.

Failing to reach next season’s top division will be bad news for the treasurer, but if the truth be told, probably a relief for everyone else.  A season of consolidation to give the crop of good young players who came in with this season’s intake another year to mature and develop would do no harm at all.  In all honesty, at this stage the squad does not have the experience to go in amongst what is virtually a re-creation of the East Junior Superleague within the Senior ranks.  It is especially difficult for the Club to maintain high standards during the University holiday periods.

It’s still been a good season for the Club, which can be proud of its showing in the East of Scotland League, take great satisfaction from the improvement in the Reserves under Michal Suski and be quietly satisfied with the football played by the Under-20 side, which was virtually a completely new team and has shown great capability without always getting the results its play deserved.  Head Coach Banji Koya will be pleased with the outcomes from his prodigious workload and although the promotion to BUCS Scottish Conference 1A was perhaps a year too soon, the experience will have stood his very young side in good stead for next season.  He will also be delighted that his coaches Craig Walkingshaw and Craig Nisbet have also advanced their qualifications and are both now qualified to UEFA ‘B’ standard.

The mention of the Reserves in the last paragraph is a reminder to congratulate the side on its recent tremendous run of form.  Before Saturday’s game away to Edinburgh Star, the lads had achieved four wins in a row, including the scalps of Meadowbank FC and, last Monday, Edinburgh Harps.  The team currently sitting second in LEAFA Lothian West Division (and featuring former Watt favourite Adam Kerlin, who was outstanding for the visitors), lost out at Riccarton to Lewis Whitelaw‘s last-gasp volley.  No result for the game against Star is yet available.

As mentioned above, the First Team’s last fixture of the season comes at the John Brydson Arena next Saturday against Camelon Juniors (kick-off 3 o’clock).

The Reserves keep up a demanding schedule with another game tomorrow evening at Riccarton – and it’s another tough fixture, this time against third-placed Linlithgow Rose.  Rose is just two points behind Edinburgh Harps with three games in hand and has lost only three times in seventeen league games so far, so the Watt team will expect a testing assignment.

Next Saturday, the Watt Reserve side has its Logan Cup Semi-final tie against Premier Division leaders Tollcross Thistle.  The match will take place at the Spartans Community Club pitch, kicking off at 12.45.  There’s still no rest for the Reserves, though, as there’s another midweek fixture next week, at home against Carluke Hearts on Wednesday evening (24th April).