HIGHGATE United were in Midland Premier League action on Saturday and cemented their fourth-paced position thanks to a comfortable 4-1 win away at Bardon Hill.
The visitors came from behind thanks to a Lei Brown penalty and further goals from Joe Adams (2) and Nathan Edgington ensured Gate came away with maximum points on their first ever trip to Bardon Hill.
Manager Ashley Pulisciano was without Dave Yonwin and Tom Lacey for the trip to Leicestershire so he handed full league debuts to Adams and recent signing Aaron Brown, while Dale Taylor filled in for the absent Lacey at right back.
Both teams had chances to score in the first 60 seconds with Brown finishing weakly when set up by Shane Benjamin while Brown stretched out a leg to deny Jamie Disney at the foot of Catlow’s left hand post at the other end.
It took Gate until the quarter-hour mark to make any real impact on goalkeeper Tom Gutteridge who kept out Benjamin’s attempt with his legs and moments later an interchange of passes between Benjamin and Adams ended with Mooney’s 15-yard shot coming back out off the face of the keeper’s left hand post.
The only goal of the half came when Hanslow raced into the left hand side of the box and Catlow was only able to divert the striker’s shot on to the head of Kyle Fowkes who made no mistake with the simplest of 38th minute headers.
Gate made a far more positive start to the second half and the equaliser came four minutes after the break. Nathan Pulisciano was fouled inside the box and Brown tucked away the resultant penalty.
Gate then when on to score twice in the space of even minutes with Adams scoring a crisp 15-yard drive before the same player scored with a superb 25-yard drive.
Down but not out, Bardon’s Hanslow brought another solid save out of Catlow and although Gate were to dominate the final 15 minutes they were to survive a late scare when Catlow saved Dean Wither’s 90th minute spot kick awarded for Dean Curtis’ trip on Hanslow.
Brown shaved the outside of the upright with a measured curler off Benjamin’s through ball before the fourth and final goal came deep into stoppage time when Edgington cut in from the left to roll the ball over the line with defender Macaulay Holmes failing in a desperate attempt to clear his lines.
Highgate are in Cup action this Saturday when they host Nottinghamshire-based Radcliffe Olympic in the FA Vase First Round Proper (3pm).