East of Scotland: Little set for Heriot-Watt bow

Heriot-Watt head coach Ian Little

Heriot-Watt head coach Ian Little

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Heriot-Watt boss Ian Little is due to take charge of his first competitive match when the students host Coldstream in Qualifying League Section D at Riccarton tomorrow.

Watt put in a spirited display against holders Leith Athletic in midweek at Meadowbank but lost 2-0. The result followed an opening 4-3 defeat by Ormiston. Although Sean Muhsin and Andy Forbes have left for Edinburgh City and Haddington Athletic respectively – Elliot Sutherland also opted out of playing duties this season while he completes his degree – Watt coach Chris Sellars has been pleased with Watt’s early form.

“We were back in the second week of July and we won all of our pre-season friendly meetings against some tough amateur opposition,” said Sellars. “A few players like Jack Daniel and Fin Watt are doing their pre season training away from the campus, but we’ve managed to retain Chris Donnelly from last season which is important for us and have also brought in Anton Dowds, who has impressed.”

In tomorrow’s other fixture, Leith Athletic can win Group D outright if they defeat Ormiston at Meadowbank 3G and make it three wins out of three.

In Group C, Colin Tomassi’s Spartans EOS can also finish as group winners if they beat Kelso United at Woodside Park (2.30pm kick-off).

The Borders outfit will be hurting after a midweek 7-2 humbling to Duns, while Spartans will be hoping for Blair Atkinson and Chris Anderson to continue their goalscoring form, both netting in the midweek 2-1 win over Stirling University. Goalkeeper Scott Gilpin is missing for Spartans tomorrow after his sending-off in midweek.

Both tomorrow’s matches in Group D kick off at 3.00pm.