CALLING ALL FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO ARE HEADING TO HERIOT-WATT THIS AUTUMN

Are you a keen football player who’s been accepted to start a course of study at Heriot-Watt University in September this year?

You are? Then don’t delay! GET IN TOUCH NOW. There’s NO REASON TO WAIT UNTIL MATRICULATION. And if you live within travelling distance of the campus, you can join in at any time from the start of pre-season training and benefit from the facilities at Riccarton, including the new £33m ORIAM building.

Training for the new season starts on TUESDAY the 27th of JUNE. Ideally, we’d like to see you at the start of training, but if you can join us at any time between then and September, please contact us now on info@hwufc.org.uk and tell us a bit about yourself:

  • Name
  • Address (home)
  • Address (term time) (if you’ve got that arranged)
  • Usual or preferred position
  • Any club or school for which you’ve played (with dates if you last played before the season just ending)
  • When you expect to arrive on campus

We’ll look forward to welcoming you to the Watt and meeting you when you arrive – especially if it’s for pre-season training!

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm




Season’s end approaches

Two out of the three Heriot-Watt sides playing in external football (i.e. the ‘weekend’ sides, as opposed to BUCS student football) have now completed their season’s fixtures. The Amateur side was the first to finish when they were unfortunate to lose 1 – 0 in their Stead & Simpson Cup Quarter-final at Currie last Wednesday (the 10th) against Balerno Athletic. Balerno, who had several ex-Watt players in their ranks, notably goalkeeper Daniel Mackenzie and defender Sam Saddler, scored early in the game and although the Watt lads dominated play for much of the remainder of the match, they couldn’t find a way past an inspired Mackenzie.

It was tough on the Watt side to lose this match, but there is at least the consolation of knowing that the battle to stay in the Lothian East Division has been won. As usual, there will be something of a reorganisation within LEAFA before the start of next season; word is that the number of divisions will reduce from six to five, but the method of determining the positions of teams tied on the same points total – using head-to-head results – puts the Watt above both Pathhead and Edinburgh South Amateurs, the teams which finished equal with them on eighteen points. It is likely there will be no relegation anyway, but it’s good to know the Watt side is safe whatever occurs.

The First Team concluded its season with a plucky draw at Coldstream on Saturday. Head Coach Banji Koya was again struggling to put together a squad, but Watt’s performance in the first half was superb, with many flowing passing moves through midfield to set up scoring chances. The only snag was that they were all passed up and with goals early and late in the half, the Streamers led 2 – 0 at the interval. The second half was more of a slog, but the Watt players stuck to the task superbly and after Mark McGovern had reduced the deficit half-way through, the same player was again on the spot five minutes into stoppage time to snatch a last-gasp equaliser.

Watt’s Under-20 side is the only one with fixtures still to fulfil. It will finish up a week tonight with a visit to K-Park Training Academy, the home of East Kilbride (kick-off 8 o’clock), on which occasion the home side will be presented with the Under-20 Championship trophy. Before then, this Friday evening, Watt has a much shorter travel, staying within the city to face Edinburgh City at Meggetland (kick-off 7.45).

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm




Ammies in stalemate at Oriam

In Saturday’s only Heriot-Watt fixture, the Amateurs played their last League match of the season in LEAFA Lothian East Division. Going into the game level on seventeen points with their opponents, Edinburgh South Amateurs, and also with Pathhead, the Watt side was seeking a win to secure its position in the Division for next season. Watt got off to a bad start, conceding a goal after seven minutes, but John Murchie put the home side back on level terms before half-time. The second half was a goalless stalemate, however, and with Pathhead also drawing, 0 – 0 away to Redhall Star, all three sides advanced to eighteen points, with the Watt still worst off in terms of goal difference.

Salters Athletic will finish bottom of the table, but the Watt will be next from last – unless, that is, Pathhead should happen to lose their last game tonight, away to champions Edinburgh South Vics at the Gyle, by a sufficient margin to reverse the goal difference calculation. As LEAFA tables don’t include goal difference, we have no idea what sort of score would be required to achieve this! Time will tell if second-last turns out to be a relegation position, as there are always adjustments to be made to the LEAFA leagues, depending on which clubs apply to participate in the following season.

A report on Saturday’s game appears on the ‘LEAFA Amateurs’ tab.

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm




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