SIMON Lyons endured a losing start to his Highgate United managerial tenure following Tuesday night’s 3-1 comeback defeat at Gresley Rovers.
It was never going to be an easy task for Gate visiting a side that have been flying high in the Midland League Premier Division so far this season, and found out just as much when having victory snatched from their grasp in the final ten minutes.
Lyons named a much-changed line-up for his first outing as Highgate boss, issuing a return to Guy Clark in the United defence alongside new signing Tom Fishwick – who arrived from Studley at the beginning of the week.
Another debutant in Ryan Pace joined the returning Alex Price in Highgate’s midfield, while Luke Barlone and Anthony Smith spearheaded the visitors’ front line to complete the changes.
And it appeared to be the perfect start to Lyons reign, when Smith snuck home a header at the far post on ten minutes.
It was a goal that had Highgate on the road to three points for the best part of 70 minutes, until Danny Munday struck an equaliser with eight minutes remaining.
With fatigue setting into Highgate’s play, an own goal, adding to Munday’s second of the night in the 90th minute, meant United were undone at the death.
While the result was not one that was envisaged until the final quarter of an hour, Highgate wait patiently until a week on Saturday, October 24 for their next taste of action – a trip to Nottinghamshire to face Selston at The Parish Hall Ground (3pm).