21st Oct, 2019

Dodd applauds hard-working Gate after first league victory in seven

Ben Tyler 7th Oct, 2019

RUSSELL Dodd has commended his depleted Highgate United side after picking up their first victory in seven games in the Midland Football League Premier Division at Gresley.

The Gate were good value for a two-goal lead through Chris Spencer and Lei Brown – the latter seeing red moments after Gresley had reduced the arrears – before Sebbeh Seege Njie sealed the points 15 minutes from time.

Reflecting on the win, Dodd said: “Crisis management is currently the order of the day.

“Once again, I was left absent three senior players for such an important game, but at least I know there are lads I can bring in and who will put in an honest shift.”

The deadlock was broken in the 21st minute following a close-range finish from Spencer, who converted after Brown had headed Alex Price’s free kick across goal.

Price went close himself with an effort from range, before Brown made it two when lobbing the ball over Gresley keeper Ben Allsop after latching onto James Wilcock’s through ball.

Gresley halved the deficit with a controversial penalty, scored by Nehemiah Zazi, before Brown saw red for holding off a defender with his arm with 20 minutes to play.

Despite being a man light, Highgate regained their two-goal cushion and wrapped up the game when Njie connected with Wilcock’s cross towards the far post.

Highgate are back in league action on Tuesday night against Heather St John’s, before a meeting with Northfield Town in the Smedley Crooke Memorial CupĀ on Tuesday October 15 (both 7.45pm).

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