Heriot-Watt braced for Ormiston backlash

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Heriot-Watt University head coach Chris Smith is not reading too much into Ormiston’s surprise midweek 2-1 defeat to Eyemouth United ahead of tomorrow’s clash between the promotion rivals.

The students’ match with Hawick Royal Albert on Wednesday was postponed due to floodlight failure at Albert Park, allowing Smith the opportunity to watch his weekend opponents.

But the Heriot-Watt manager knows that result could potentially galvanise the East Lothian side ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Recreation Park.

“I’m sure it was a blip for Ormiston,” said Smith. “We’ve played them three times already this season to know how tough a side they are, and we’ll have to be wary of a backlash.”

A win for the students tomorrow will put them five points behind Ormiston with two games in hand. Duns are also in the hunt for second spot, sitting in fourth place with three games in hand.

Brian Anderson is away for the weekend, while Alex Snoddy will be out for an extended period after breaking his collarbone last weekend. Ryan Higgins will be suspended for next weekend’s clash with Kelso.

Ormiston ended Wednesday night’s game with just eight men after Daniel Watson, John Morgan and Dean Woods were all ordered off.

Nevertheless, Brian Johnston knows that his side are in the driving seat for second spot – victory over Watt tomorrow will put them 11 points ahead of the students. “Wednesday was a disappointment for us, but I’m confident the players will bounce back even though the suspensions are far from ideal,” said Johnston.