Heriot-Watt head coach Chris Smith believes his young students will provide a stiff test for Leith Athletic in the Image Printers Cup third-round tie at Riccarton tomorrow.
Watt are looking to stretch their unbeaten run to seven in all competitions against an Athletic side whose impressive ten-game unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end last Friday with a 5-3 defeat at Spartans EOS.
Smith said: “Confidence is very high at the minute and when you consider we only have an average age of about 20 in the team, the boys have been terrific and have responded well to what we want them to do.”
Last Saturday marked a milestone for goalkeeper Craig Saunders who made his 100th appearance for Watt in East of Scotland football, and Smith felt that factor helped to inspire his side to victory last weekend.
“Craig has been a fantastic servant to us and deserved all the accolades, but I think it helped to lift the other players last weekend. It was backs to the wall at times against a real physical Civil side, but we showed great resilience and were always a threat from the set-pieces.
“It was a great result and I’m sure it will be another tough encounter tomorrow, but we’ve played Leith already this season and had it not been for some poor defending at set-pieces, we might have won that game,” added Smith.
Scott Dargo is a doubt for the students, while Leith coach Derek Riddel may make a few alterations twith a few members of his first team squad carrying niggling injuries.
The winners of tomorrow’s match will face either Coldstream or Edinburgh City in the semi finals.
The Central Taxis League Cup begins tomorrow, with Easthouses Lily facing Duns at Newbattle Complex.
Lily coach Dave McQueenie is without Darren Robertson and Ryan McQueenie due to suspension. The winners will face either Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale or Leith Athletic in the semi final.
There is an all-Capital clash at Fernieside as Tynecastle and Spartans look to build on their league victories over Craigroyston and Leith respectively.