HIGHGATE tasted their heaviest defeat of the season after going down 5-2 at Sporting Khalsa in the Midland Premier Division.
In what proved to be a contest lacking in quality, it was Khalsa who ended up winners despite both teams going in level at the break.
With just five minutes on the clock the hosts took the lead after Gate were caught flat-footed by a quick counter attack and Simeon Townsend was able to ride a half-hearted challenge to slot the ball through Bradley Catlow’s legs.
The visitors responded with Curvin Ellis and Brendan Murphy combining in the box for the former to slam his shot into the side netting off the outside of the upright.
It was not long before the visitors pulled level on 12 minutes when Aaron Brown headed a Tom Lacey cross past Mihai Gherish.
Murphy was then unlucky with an intelligent lob on the end of King’s defensive clearance which was to come back off the underside of the well beaten Gherish’s crossbar.
By now Gate were looking the sharper of the two teams and a second goal for them came on 25 minutes through Murphy who beat Gherish with a powerful shot.
But late pressure in the half allowed the hosts to go into the break level with Marvin Nesbitt’s cross creeping below Catlow.
Immediately after the break Gherish slid off his line to save from Attenborrow, but within three minutes of the restart poor defending allowed Craig Bannister to put Khalsa back in front on 48 minutes.
Gate were looking distinctly ragged and all too often they were guilty of failing to clear their lines and Bannister took full advantage again on 57 minutes to score a brace from 20 yards out.
For a second time keeper Gherish was to prove vulnerable to high crosses when from Lacey’s 75th minute free kick Aaron Brown’s header drifted marginally wide and although a goal pulled back at that point would have set up an interesting finish it was Khalsa who were to have the last word.
David Meese sweeped home a corner from the edge of the box to complete what had been an all round miserable afternoon for the off form visitors.
On Saturday Highgate are away to Boldmere St Michael (3.00pm) and on Tuesday evening Hereford based Westfields are the visitors (7.45pm)