HIGHGATE United continued their rise up the MFL Premier Division table last weekend, after a late winner from Marco Adaggio secured a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Sporting Community FC.
Another brace from Lei Brown made it eight goals in his last five games, although the overall contest at Pride Park in Great Wyrley was not to the highest of standards.
Gate manager Ashley Pulisciano admitted his side’s blushes were saved by Adaggio’s late intervention against the side bottom of the league – winning just once this campaign – and made that just as apparent in his post-match comments.
“Following some decent recent performances we were disappointing all afternoon against a stubborn outfit scrapping for points.
“And although scoring three times, we failed to make more of long periods of possession, twice switching off in conceding the two goals.”
Highgate made three changes to their line-up that had lost out to Boldmere St Michaels, bringing in Dale Taylor, Jordan Goddard and Jack Cole into midfield, leaving Adaggio and Corey Currithers consigned to the bench.
Aaron Brown retained his place in goal for the injured Bradley Catlow, but didn’t have much to do during a dismal first-half.
The only chance of the half fell to Isaac Jagroop on eight minutes, who drove a strike at goal that had to be kept out with a low save by Sporting keeper Tom Parsons.
Wolverhampton would, however, go ahead in the 55th minute.
It took a 45-yard screamer from Umar Zaman to open the scoring, rendering A. Brown utterly helpless in goal.
Highgate striker L. Brown hit back immediately with a leveller, swinging a header into the back of the net from Cole’s cross.
But Zaman had other ideas, punishing the hesitant Gate defence to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
L. Brown grabbed his brace and the second equaliser for his side on 75 minutes, when Adaggio was shoved in the box by James Quarry – who subsequently received a red card.
Then in the dying minutes, Adaggio was on hand to put away the rebound after Parsons tipped away Shay Palmer’s fierce cross to win it for the visitors.
Highgate are back in action tomorrow and hope to build on the dramatic victory when they head to Hereford side Westfields (3pm), who sit in third.
Gate will hope to repeat their performance in the reverse fixture, when they won 2-0 at The Coppice.