TWO second half goals from Marco Adaggio and substitute Lei Brown earned Highgate their fourth league win of the season at home to AFC Wulfrunians on Saturday.
After struggling for form in recent weeks, Highgate picked up three comfortable points with a 2-0 victory that pushes them up to 16th in the Midland Premier League table.
James Loney came in at right full back and with Brown rested on the bench, while Adaggio formed a partnership up front alongside Isaac Jagroop. Played mostly in torrential rain, the visitors made a positive start with keeper Brendon Bunn having no trouble in saving low down from Demetri Brown.
With half-an-hour gone chances had been rare with neither keeper forced into serious action. Adaggio was unlucky with a 15-yard lob off Jagroop’s headed pass which beat keeper Liam Stanton only to sail marginally too high and when Adaggio did find the back of the net the offside flag intervened to wipe out the goal.
Injuries to Sam Smith and Loney meant second half substitute appearances for Dale Taylor and Ashley Buswell, Taylor quickly in action robbing Joel Caines down the left hand side, full back Nathan Pulisciano having a lucky break with a miscued clearance hit inches high of his own cross bar.
Stanton saved well to tip Jagroop’s attempt round the top of the keeper’s left hand post, then reacted smartly in a crowded box to palm out from under the bar Josh Hawker’s in-swinging corner, which was the closest either side had come to breaking the deadlock.
There were clear signs that Gate had a foothold on the game and it was no surprise when they took a 58th minute lead. Jagroop slipped his pass through for Adaggio to race on and dink a perfectly judged shot well beyond Stanton’s reach.
Lei Brown came on for McCauley Manning to play just behind the front two and it wasn’t long before Gate’s leading scorer struck to double the lead.
The goal came from a sustained period of pressure and with a loud and confident appeal for a penalty waved aside after Hawker’s 68th minute drive appeared to be handled, Brown saved the referee any potential embarrassment by lashing home the rebound between the helpless Stanton and the keeper’s left hand post.
Jagroop had a volley destined for the roof of the net until a defender’s back deflected the ball behind and Lei Brown then set up Adaggio for an attempt driven a foot high of the cross bar.
Aaron Brown went close from 20 yards yards and Jagroop fired a cross over the face of goal but just too long for Adaggio sliding in at the far post.
On Saturday Highgate travel to play Long Eaton (3.00pm)