BUCS silverware for the third year in a row!

For the third consecutive year, the Football Club at Heriot-Watt University has won a BUCS trophy.  This year the triumphant team is the Men’s Thirds, who yesterday went to St Andrews to take on University of Edinburgh Fifth in the Final of the Scottish Conference Plate.

Their opponents were a strong Intra-Mural side which plays as Edinburgh Fifth but finished top of Division 5B, with Edinburgh Fourths, another Intra-Mural team, at the bottom; but the young Watt team, mainly composed of “freshers” is unbeaten in three games this season against them, having drawn 2 – 2 home and away in the league.  Yesterday’s match finished as a draw as well; 1 – 1 this time.  Extra time failed to produce a winner, so the match was settled on “kicks from the penalty mark”.  Edinburgh only scored with one of their first four efforts, leaving Mark Larmour to secure the Plate by slamming a firm drive into the corner of the net.

Many of the same players will be back in action at Riccarton tomorrow evening when the Under-20s attempt to reprise their fine win at Saughton Park earlier in the season when they come up against Tynecastle.   It was Tynie’s first defeat of the season and they lost again the following week away to Hill of Beath Hawthorn, but since then the side has won seven games in a row, shooting up to second place in the table.  No game in the Development League is easy, as last week’s match against Dunipace demonstrated, but if the Watt lads can play to their best form, they can compete with any side in the division.  Kick-off is at 8 o’clock.

Watt supporters are reminded that this is the weekend of the visit of Groundhop UK, so the East of Scotland League match against Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts at Ballast Bank, Inverkeithing will be something of a carnival occasion.  To suit the ‘Hoppers’, the match kicks off at the unusual time of 2.15.

Posted on March 28, 2019 at 8:31 pm




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.

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:47 pm




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).

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 10:50 pm




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