Peebles Rovers missed out on three points as we fell to a 3-1 defeat to Heriot-Watt Uni at Riccarton. A Colin Smith free-kick in the second half was our response, but a highly professional performance saw Ger Rossi’s side walk away with their heads held high.
The game started with early pressure from the students, with an immediate assault down the left that piled the pressure on the back line, this ultimately proved to be a recurring them during the match. Peebles had their first chance as Saul Schulz-Keith darted away down the right, looking to drive his ball across the face of goal, but with no one there to capitalise on this chance it came to nothing. The students were devastatingly quick on the counter-attack, with some proactive defensive work from Rossi and Ben Brown acting as a shield.
The first goal arrived on 28 minutes as the Heriot forward cut through the left flank to drill the ball home. This blow was quickly followed up by a sucked punch as they notches again on 32 minutes as they scored again to make it 2-0.
Peebles certainly weren’t resting on their laurels however, as we launched a swift assault on the box, with James Runciman easing the ball off to Lindsay who couldn’t quite get his shot past the keeper. A hugely frustrating afternoon was compounded as they robbed the ball, shortly after Lindsay’s chance, and made off like house breakers. Their proficiency at counter attacking was evident as they struck for a third time to make it an uphill climb for the second 45.
Rossi switched it up for the second half, with two forwards now present up front with Scott Inglis joining the fray.
He quickly made his mark as his endless stamina scared the Heriot defence with some sharp jabs. The improvement was remarkable, and Peebles looked like a reborn team with renewed attacking. Emphasis
The back continued to impress, especially the impressive McGinley and the solid figure of Mackay.
But, it was Smith who made the difference as he blasted a terrific free kick past the keeper to pull one back on 62 minutes.
But, Peebles couldn’t quite break down a decidedly stubborn defence and returned to the Borders empty handed, but certainly not disappointed after a very impressive show.
Peebles XI: McGinley, Mackay, Brown, Newell, Zavaroni, Ndiweni, Rossi, Smith, Runciman, Schulz-Keith, Lindsay
Subs: Robertson, McDonald, Inglis, Cockburn