Under-20 Development League

The Watt’s Under-20 side joined the East of Scotland Under-20 League in its first season of operation.  The League has now been incorporated into a league called the Lowlands Under-20 Development League. The League is mainly composed of the Under-20 sides of Lowland League clubs, although SPFL side Edinburgh City has retained its membership from the time it was in the Lowland League and two South of Scotland League clubs, Mid Annandale and recent entrants Bonnyton Thistle, are also included.

After having performed very well in this high-quality competition the previous season, finishing in fourth place in a league of thirteen, the Watt, under captain Harry Barclay, sensationally won the League last season, finishing with 51 points to head off the Cumbernauld Colts team, which came with a late spurt to finish second.  Spartans, Whitehill Welfare, University of Stirling and Edinburgh City – fine sides all – occupied the next four places.

Winning this League was the greatest achievement to date of any Heriot-Watt team.  The Club thanks all the players who gave so much commitment and effort to achieving such a fantastic result.

With lots of new entrants to the East of Scotland League this season, it was decided to operate the League in two approximately-equal Conferences.  The Watt side plays in Conference A, which contains an extremely strong mix of clubs, including the youth teams of elite Fife clubs Kelty Hearts and Hill of Beath Hawthorn, last season’s runners-up Cumbernauld Colts, the strong Kilmarnock-based club Bonnyton Thistle, capable Stirlingshire sides Dunipace and Camelon Juniors and prominent Lothians teams Tynecastle and Whitehill Welfare.

Almost all of the Watt’s title-winning side was in its last season at the age group, so we weren’t expecting too much this season, but such is the quality of the players who have arrived on campus for this academic year, the Watt side is holding its own in mid-table at around the half-way point in the season and is looking to cause some upsets in the second half of the programme.