Watt sides chase BUCS success

On Wednesday, Riccarton hosts four games in BUCS competition.  First to kick off will be the Men’s Fifths, who entertain the University of Abertay Dundee Third in the Conference Plate, starting  at 1 o’clock on the outdoor synthetic pitch at the John Brydson Arena.  This game is followed by another in the same competition, with Watt Men’s Sixths playing University of Dundee Fourth, kicking off at 3.30.

On the Oriam indoor, the Men’s Firsts will try to improve on last week’s performance and result when they face the early leaders of Division 1A, University of Stirling Second.  This game starts at 3.30, following the Men’s Seconds’ Conference Cup tie against University of St Andrews Third, which kicks off at 1.15.

There are no fixtures for the Men’s Thirds or the Women’s Firsts this week.

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Reserves gain Watt’s only point in tough weekend

With fixtures against Kelty Hearts and Broxburn Athletic, expectations for the Senior sides over the weekend were limited.  In the event, the 20s were really unfortunate to lose 2 – 1 on Friday evening, with all three goals coming in the last ten minutes of the home match against Kelty.  A defensive error led to the visitors’ opener, but after they quickly added a second goal, it was good to see the Watt side come back to snatch a goal back before the finish when Lewis Duffy was on hand to finish after Alistair Naysmith’s shot had been diverted against the post by the Kelty goalkeeper.

The following day, there were further calamitous goals to put Heriot-Watt two down by half-time at Albyn Park, but in the second half, after Callum Reid had saved a penalty, Aidan Quinn scored from the spot at the other end to get the Watt on to the scoresheet and keep the margin of Broxburn’s victory to two.

The one point secured by a Watt side at the weekend came from the Reserves, who maintained their unbeaten record in Lothian West Division with a second successive draw, this time 3 – 3 away to Murieston United ‘B’.

Next weekend, the Under-20 side travels to New Victoria Park to take on Newtongrange Star, one of the new entrants to the Development League this season and a team the Watt has never yet played.  Star has been finding the going tough so far in this demanding grade, but is showing signs of improvement and gained its first win, over Mid-Annandale, during September.

The following day, the First Team plays Craigroyston for the second time in the season.  The date was originally vacant for the Watt, but the return game with Craigie has been slotted in, giving the Watt a chance to avenge its 1 -0 defeat in the first League game of the campaign.  The Reserves play yet another cup tie, this time in the Centenary Cup, in which they play host to Clermiston Star.  Although it hasn’t had the best of starts to its programme, Star plays two strata above the Watt side, in the LEAFA Premier Division, so this game certainly presents a major challenge for Watt Reserves.


Posted on October 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Mixed bag in BUCS

Heriot-Watt Men’s First Team made a disappointing return to Division 1A action yesterday with a 1 – 0 defeat by Abertay Dundee University on the Oriam Indoor pitch.  Despite having the lion’s share of possession, the Watt side was seldom able to threaten the visitors’ goal and this lack of a cutting edge proved fatal when Abertay midfielder Fraser Wilson fired home midway through the second half.  Despite exerting a lot of pressure on the visiting defence in the closing stages of the game, the Watt side was unable to find a way through.  Next up for the Watt is a visit from the early league leaders, University of Stirling Second, 4 – 1 winners yesterday in the only other 1A fixture played yesterday, in which the Stirling side was at home to The Robert Gordon University First.

It was a much happier story for the Watt Men’s Seconds, however, who travelled to Hamilton and reversed the previous week’s defeat by University of the West of Scotland First.  Of the six teams in Division 3A, five now have three points, with the Watt side being one of them.  Next week brings a Scottish Conference Cup fixture for the 2s, at home to University of St Andrews Third.  The Saints side plays in Division 4B, in which it has so far beaten University of Dundee Second away from home and lost to Dundee Abertay University Second at home.

Having drawn 1 – 1 with University of Stirling Fifth away from home last week, this week the Watt Men’s Thirds produced the same result in a home match against Queen Margaret University First.  In an absorbing and closely-contested game, Ben Voy‘s header grabbed a late equaliser for the Watt side.  The 3s now have a couple of weeks off before facing Edinburgh Napier University Second on the 24th of the month.

Other matches next Wednesday include three ties in the Men’s Conference Plate: the Watt Fourths travel to Fife to take on a side one stratum higher, University of St Andrews Fourth; the Fifths are at home to Abertay Dundee University Third; and the Sixths entertain University of Dundee Fourth.

The Women’s Firsts have another week off before welcoming University of Stirling Second on the 17th of October.

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 8:57 pm

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