September 30th, 2016

Highgate up to fifth after Dunkirk win

HIGHGATE United made a welcome return to winning ways after they thumped Dunkirk 6-1 in the Midland League Premier Division.

Gate slipped to only their second defeat of the season on Saturday, after losing 3-1 on the road at Heanor Town.

But they responded in the best possible manner on Tuesday evening in what turned out to be a comfortable night’s work at strugglers Dunkirk.

Despite being 2-1 behind at the break, the hosts had edged the opening 45 minutes. Gate’s play was somewhat untidy and disjointed but a 16th minute goal from Connor Mooney opened the scoring before Mark Green equalized with a 20th minute free kick.

The visitors held a narrow 2-1 lead at the break thanks to a Shane Benjamin goal but Gate stepped it up a gear after the break.

They were solid at the back, industrious in midfield and hungry up front and went on the dominate the second period. Benjamin completed his hat-trick by scoring a second half brace while both Tyrone Smith and Dave Yonwin also got their names on the scoresheet.

Benjamin’s hat trick rightfully saw him take home the match ball but another hero of the night was Dunkirk keeper Tom Dudley, who with a series of outstanding and brave saves kept the scoreline to a reasonably respectable level.

On Saturday Highgate are in FA Vase action when they entertain West Midlands (Regional) League side Wolverhampton Casuals in the Second Round Qualifying (3pm).

The annual ‘Non League Day’ falls on the following Saturday (October 10) in recognition of which Highgate will be halving admission prices to £3 adults and £1.50 concessions with under 16s free.

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