EoS: University coach salutes make-do-and-mend side

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Heriot-Watt University head coach Chris Smith believes his side deserve praise for their recent performances despite struggling with a lengthy injury list.

Andy Forbes and Neil Robb are the latest players to have spent time on the treatment table following last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at league leaders Peebles Rovers.

But although Watt have already lost Alex Scott, Neil Laurenson and Jamie Hulme to injury along with other long-term absentees, Smith took a lot of positives out of a midweek 1-1 draw with Burntisland Shipyard at Riccarton which saw an Elliot Sutherland goal cancelled out by Shipyard’s Peter Bell.

“The next two games against Eyemouth tomorrow and then Hawick next Wednesday are crucial for us if we want to stay in the hunt for second place,” said Smith.

“The guys have done really well to turn in the level of performances that they have in recent weeks, this is in spite of the injuries we’ve had.”

Heriot-Watt are now eight points behind Ormiston in the race for second place, after Brian Johnston’s side claimed an impressive 4-1 win over Hawick Royal Albert on Wednesday.

Dean Woods netted his 17th goal of the season with a double over the Border outfit, with George Cunningham and Redmond Barker also on target.

Tomorrow Ormiston welcome Kelso to Recreation Park as they look to tighten their grip on second spot.

The match at Riccarton has a 2.00pm start, with Ormiston’s match kicking off at 2.30pm.