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Highgate on target to be crowned champions

Updated: 4:56 pm, May 12, 2015

HIGHGATE look set to be crowned winners of the Midland League Division One thanks to a comfortable 7-1 victory on the road at Studley on Tuesday night.

After defeating Bolehall Swifts on Saturday, Highgate now remain six points clear with two games remaining and they now need four points from their last two games against Stafford and Coventry Copsewood if promotion is to be achieved.

On Tuesday they produced a thoroughly professional performance and bossed the contest from start to finish.

Manager Ashley Pulisciano was without the services of injured defensive dup Dean Curtis and James Loney but was able to give a start to Karl King alongside Scott Turner at the heart of defence, with Connor Mooney replacing the work committed Martin Crawford.

Two goals in the opening ten minutes set Gate on their way with Ricardo Richards scoring after eight minutes through a goal of exceptional quality from 30 yards and two minutes later Tyrone Smith lashed in Turner’s headed pass from close range.

Turner himself scored number three on 21 minutes with a solo run from just inside the Studley half before firing a low 25-yard shot beyond the reach of custodian George Harris.

And on the stroke of half time Mooney kept his composure to score from 18 yards out to make it 4-0 to the visitors.

The trend continued after the break when on 55 minutes Brown scored a fifth with a low finish.

Any hopes of a clean sheet were gone on the hour mark when a lapse in concentration allowed Adam Jones to volley home a consolation.

But Gate were soon back in their stride and with 25 remaining Brown finished with a clinical eight yard volley and King completed the scoring in time added on with a far post header.

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