Weird, wild and wonderful weekend awaits…

This will be a weekend out of the ordinary for Heriot-Watt and several other clubs in the East of Scotland League. Saturday is the day of the Groundhoppers. GroundhopUK‘s Scottish Hop will visit the League, taking in six games between Friday evening and Sunday morning. The Watt is fourth on the list: the third game on the Saturday, after Burntisland Shipyard versus Preston Athletic and Kelty Hearts versus Tweedmouth Rangers; and before the Saughton derby between Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and Tynecastle. Watt’s opponents will be Leith Athletic, notoriously Watt’s biggest bogey team, against which Heriot-Watt has failed to record a win in the last nineteen attempts. The match will be even more special because of its venue – by permission of the East of Scotland League’s Board, it will be played at the Oriam Indoor Arena with a 5 o’clock kick-off. For the occasion, the Bistro Kitchen will be open throughout the game and will serve a special menu featuring Chilli and Rice and a vegetarian option.

Before that enticing prospect, on Friday evening the Under-20s take another step in what they hope will be a title-winning journey. Last week’s 4 – 3 win over Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale was a narrow squeak, but an important victory against a greatly-improved opponent. This week, the Watt has a home tie against another local side, Tynecastle. Tynie hasn’t had the greatest of seasons in the Development League, but those who attended the reverse fixture earlier in the season will know how well the Watt had to play to gain the points on that occasion and won’t underestimate a determined and capable opponent.

As well as the First Team game against Leith on Saturday, the Reserves will be in action at Riccarton, taking on Blackridge Vale of Craig in a Victory Cup First Round tie. Last Saturday, the Watt went down 9 – 3 away to league-leaders Murieston United. Curiously enough, that’s a reasonably satisfactory result. We won’t come up against a side with United’s firepower every week and to score three against a team of that standard is encouraging.

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Snow still in charge at Riccarton

The snow has not yet released its grip on Riccarton campus, causing the postponement of all BUCS matches scheduled at Heriot-Watt today. Because of the weather, it is understood that BUCS has extended its deadline for completion of fixtures to the end of March.

We hope that the weather continues to ease and that the Under-20 fixture on Friday evening can go ahead. The Watt side is due to visit Meggetland 3G to take on Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in a League match kicking off at 7.45. Hutchie’s last game, on the 9th of February, brought a victory over high-flying Whitehill Welfare. After a month of enforced inactivity, both sides may be a little rusty, but the Watt will want to get back into its stride as soon as possible to try to consolidate its position at the top of the table.

The only Heriot-Watt team in action this Saturday is the Reserves, who, after a demoralising defeat by Balerno Athletic last time out, face a trip to play table-topping Murieston United (kick-off 2 o’clock).

The First Team has no game this Saturday as it prepares for the unique event planned for next week, when Oriam is one of the venues on the GroundhopUK Scottish Hop. The groundhoppers will visit six venues in three days, with our game, to be played in the Indoor Arena, being the fourth, kicking off at the unusual time of at 5 o’clock on the Saturday. We expect there to be in excess of 200 visitors to add to the spectators, which should see the Arena seating pleasantly filled. Leith Athletic will be our visitors, so it will be a tough challenge, as the Watt attempts to end a run of nineteen games without a win against the men from Meadowbank.

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm

White off

It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s glanced out of the window this morning to know that with pitches under a blanket of icing sugar, all BUCS games scheduled for today in Edinburgh have been postponed.

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 10:47 am

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