Heriot-Watt: Title out of reach – but second isn’t

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Heriot-Watt head coach Chris Smith will not give up the fight to secure a promotion slot to the Premier League despite Saturday’s 2-0 reverse to unbeaten league leaders Peebles Rovers.

Smith admitted that his team’s faint First Division title hopes are all but over after the weekend defeat which leaves Watt 16 points behind John O’Hara’s high-flyers.

“It’s hard to see past Peebles at the moment,” said Smith.

“We didn’t cause them any real problems, we conceded a sloppy goal from a corner for the first and their second goal near the end is the result of our mistake. In terms of the league, we’ll keep fighting for second. There are still plenty points to play for,” added Smith who will be looking for a reaction in The King Cup tonight against Easthouses Lily at Newbattle.

Frankie Arthur and Paul Murray got the goals at Whitestone Park.

Ormiston recovered from last weekend’s loss to Heriot-Watt, to defeat Hawick Royal Albert 2-0 at Recreation Park.

Goals from George Cunningham and prolific striker Dean Woods ensured the East Lothian side stay in touch with Peebles. “It was a very commanding display and it was good to get back to winning ways,” said manager Brian Johnston.