8th Jul, 2020

Dismay for Dodd as Highgate drop into bottom three

Ben Tyler 21st Oct, 2019

A FRUSTRATED Russell Dodd lamented the lack of a finishing touch after Highgate United slipped into the relegation places in a 2-0 defeat at Stourport Swifts.

The Gate’s seventh defeat of the Midland Football League Premier Division this term, courtesy of an own goal and Jack Downing’s strike, sent them down into 18th.

Making his disappointment clear, Dodd said: “People question why we came away with nothing but the truth is that we failed to make the most of our considerable territorial advantage.

“We failed to get a single shot or header on target, with Stourport’s keeper redundant for the majority of what had been a poor game of football.”

Visiting keeper James Beeson did well to keep Highgate on level terms five minutes into the encounter when denying Downing, the only pressure the Swifts applied in the opening half.

Despite dominating proceedings, Highgate were unable to take the lead before half time, with chances missed by Isaac Jagroop and Stuart Hendrie proving fatal.

With 22 minutes remaining, a free kick floated into the box took a deflection off a Highgate defender and into the net, with Downing adding further woe in the 75th minute from close range.

Highgate host back-to-back games against Boldmere St Michaels on Saturday (3pm) and South Normanton Athletic on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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