FOOTBALL: HIGHGATE made hard work beating bottom club Rocester on Saturday, eventually clinching a narrow 2-3 win.
Gate almost surrendered a comfortable three-goal lead as a lapse in concentration during stoppage time in the second half almost led to the hosts earning what would’ve been a shock point.
Nonetheless Ashley Pulisciano’s team leapfrogged Rugby Town in the table after they were beat by Worcester City.
The week had seen changes made to Pulisciano’s squad with Lei Brown already plying his trade at Walsall Wood while Josh Hawker and Danico Johnson moved on to join Rushall Olympic and Sporting Khalsa respectively.
Duane Courtney was out with an ankle injury but the numbers were bolstered with the addition new signing Jonathan Thorne on the bench following the midfielder’s switch from Barwell.
Gate appeared to take the lead early on when Aaron Brown headed his side in front, only for the goal to be ruled out for a shove in the box.
The visiting side enjoyed the majority of possession and were rewarded on 16 minutes when Brown’s long ball found Rodgers, who beat Rocester keeper Wood low to open the scoring.
At the other end Richard Bryan stretched out a boot to prevent Martin Smythe facing a one-on-one with Catlow.
Rocester missed another chance to go level at the start of the second half when a strike went over Catlow’s goal.
Two quick Gate goals followed as James Wilcock and Adaggio struck, seemingly putting the result beyond Rocester’s grasp.
From there on, the game took a turn for the worse for Rocester as Barlone was sent off.
Incredibly though, the home side staged a comeback as Riddle and Brockley converted to make it 3-2.
A late Catlow save denied Rocester what would’ve been a sensational equalising goal as Gate ran out 3-2 winners.
Highgate are away to Stourport Swifts on Saturday before welcoming Westfields on Tuesday, February 20.