Two games in five hours ends Heriot-Watt’s title dream

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Who knows what Heriot-Watt University might have achieved had it not been for the club’s gruelling schedule?

Their East of Scotland League title aspirations look to be over following Wednesday night’s 3-2 defeat at Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, a loss that leaves them five points adrift of leaders Leith Athletic having played three games more.

However, the students could have been forgiven for feeling a tad weary prior to the Lothian clash having just been beaten 2-1 by Stirling University a couple of hours beforehand.

Banji Koya’s men have university league commitments every Wednesday afternoon over the course of the seaon and, asked if this may have scuppered his side’s chances of being crowned East of Scotland champions this term, Koya said: “Who knows, but I couldn’t be more proud of the players. It’s a very big ask to play two games a week and train as well. But there are a lot of factors that will affect us not winning the league. It’s not an excuse it’s just what Uni football is about.

“Most of the squad are heading home right throughout April so trying to put a team together over the next few weeks will be difficult.

“Wednesday was the two of the hardest games we could have possibly faced. We didn’t finish playing Stirling until 5pm! It’s no mean feat but I thought the performance levels of both games was exceptionally high. The mental toughness needed to go on and play Lothian after such a gruelling match against Stirling was exceptional.”

Watt are back at Saughton tomorrow for a King Cup second-round clash with Lothian, and Koya added: “We’ll be doing all we can to win the trophy that’s for sure. As long as the performance levels are there then I’ll be happy. We’ve already beaten Lothian this season in the league so there’s no reason why we can’t go out there and do it again.”

Tynecastle visit bottom-of-the-table Burntisland Shipyard on league duty whilst Ormiston travel up the M9 to play Stirling University.