Points slip through Watt fingers

It was a bit of a disappointing weekend for Heriot-Watt teams in the end.  There was no Under-20 game on Friday, so the First Team headed for Perth on Saturday for its East of Scotland League Conference ‘C’ game against Jeanfield Swifts, aiming to secure the first three points of the weekend.  They nearly did it, too, Craig Smith opening the scoring with just twenty minutes left to play, but an equaliser from Lee Deans, which didn’t reach the net but was deemed to be over the line, was the precursor to a late headed goal by Rhys Davies to give the home side a 2 – 1 win and leave the Watt party deflated.

Next Saturday, Watt makes a much shorter journey, to Paties Road to take on Edinburgh United in a game which is surely a must-win if there is to be any chance of Heriot-Watt gaining a place in next season’s top division of the League.

The Reserves also had a bit of a disappointing result, drawing 1 – 1 away to Clermiston Vale, a side four places below them in the LEAFA Lothian West Division table.  Not a disastrous outcome, but the Watt side would have hoped to secure all three points.  Next Saturday, the Riccarton side travels to face second-bottom Linton Hotspur.

Before then, Friday evening will see the Watt Under-20 side repeat its Development League Challenge Cup tie against Kelty Hearts.  Remember the game that finished 3 – 3 after extra time when the lights went out before the penalty shoot-out could be held?  We’ll be back at Riccarton to do it all again this Friday, kicking off at 7.30, half an hour earlier than last time.

Before all of the above, most of the remaining BUCS games for the season are due to be played on Wednesday.  The Men’s Firsts have their crucial Division 1A match away to University of Edinburgh First (Peffermill, kick-off 3 o’clock); the Women’s Firsts aim to gain some consolation at the end of a difficult season when they host a match against University of Strathclyde First (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 4,45); the Men’s Thirds play University of Edinburgh Fourth, also at Peffermill (kick-off 3 o’clock); the Men’s Fourths are at home to University of Edinburgh Sixth (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 2.45); the Men’s Fifths play at home against Edinburgh Napier University Third (John Brydson Arena, kick-off 12.45); and the Men’s Sixths play West Lothian College First on the Riccarton grass, kicking off at 1.30.

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm




Another three points for Under-20s

The Watt Under-20s gained another three Lowlands Development League points on Monday evening with a 4 – 0 win over Newtongrange Star at the John Brydson Arena.  There were three fine goals, from Ali Shrive, Ali Naysmith and Lewis Duffy, plus an unfortunate own-goal by the visiting goalkeeper.

There is no game tomorrow (Friday) for the Under-20s, but the First Team is in action on Saturday, travelling to Perth to face former Junior Superleague team Jeanfield Swifts in the East of Scotland League.  The Watt has already played Swifts once this season, but it was nearly seven months ago, back in early August, with Swifts winning 3 – 1 in an Alex Jack Cup tie.  The venue is Riverside Stadium, Bute Drive, Perth PH1 3BP (kick-off 2.30).

The Watt’s reward for the hard-fought win against Burntisland Shipyard last Saturday is a home tie in the Third Round of the King Cup against another former Junior Superleague side:  Bo’ness United.  We look forward to welcoming the BUs to Riccarton.

After their excellent victory last Saturday, the Reserves will try to secure another three points in LEAFA Lothian West Division when they make the short journey to take on Clermiston Vale at Clermiston Park (kick-off 2 0’clock).

Posted on March 7, 2019 at 10:29 pm




Winning weekend for Watt

All three Heriot-Watt sides in action this weekend faced tough ties, but all three emerged victorious after a very satisfactory weekend’s football.

The Under-20s got things under way on Friday evening, in a Challenge Cup match at the unusual location of the John Brydson Arena grass pitch – the first time a Heriot-Watt team has had the opportunity to play on the superb surface since it was relaid a couple of years ago.  Opponents were BSC Glasgow, second in Development League Conference ‘B’ and as fine a side as one would expect of a team in that lofty position.  Todd Teviotdale gave Heriot-Watt a half-time lead, but Mitchell Taylor equalised soon after the restart.  The winning goal in a 2 – 1 victory was scored by Mark Larmour with fifteen minutes left to play.

The Watt youngsters are in action again tomorrow evening, back on the JBA synthetic, in a rearranged League match against Newtongrange Star.  As it’s a Monday, rather than the usual Friday, kick-off is earlier than usual, at 7.30.

Yesterday (Saturday), the Watt First Team was also involved in a cup tie against a team from another Conference, travelling to Fife to face Burntisland Shipyard in the Second Round of the King Cup.  Shippy’s lowly place in the League might suggest that this was one the Watt should win comfortably – but none of the travelling party was deceived.  “Comfortable” is a description never applicable to a game at Recreation Park.  Watt knew they’d be in for a battle and Burntisland showed all the endeavour and determination expected, but Neil Laurenson‘s headed goal ten minutes from half-time (harshly and surely unjustly credited by the referee as an own-goal against defender Grant Skinner) sealed the win for the visitors.

Next Saturday, it’s back to League business for the Watt, who will travel to Perth to take on former Junior Superleague side Jeanfield Swifts, which occupies third place in the table.  The Swifts will be smarting from yesterday’s unexpected home defeat by St Andrews United, which moved the Watt down to eighth in Conference ‘C’.

The set was completed yesterday by the Reserves‘ excellent 2 – 0 win away to Falkirk side Mill AFC.  The points advanced the points total to 21 and pushed the Watt lads on to fifth position in the league table.  They’ve played a game more than Bank of Scotland Strollers, two points behind in sixth and three games more than Mill, who are three behind in seventh, but if Watt can keep up recent good form, a fifth-place finish is achievable.  What an improvement on last season!   Next Saturday, Heriot-Watt has an opportunity to consolidate its position, as Mill AFC and Bank of Scotland Strollers meet in Falkirk.  The Watt side has the short journey to Clermiston Park to face Clermiston Vale, currently ninth in the table.  Should the Watt lads win that game, they can put further points between themselves and one (or possibly both) of their main rivals.

Posted on March 3, 2019 at 4:43 pm




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