HIGHGATE UNITED prepared for their FA Cup clash against Westfields on Saturday in fine fashion, recording a 2-0 win over Lye Town in the FA Vase first round qualifier.
With their home ground unavailable, Highgate played the contest at Lye Town’s Stourbridge Road ground – though this didn’t affect the form of Lei Brown who netted the two winning goals for the visiting side.
Memories of last season’s 7-3 defeat against Lye Town were laid to rest as Highgate showed significant signs of improvement as Lei Brown paired up with Marco Adaggio on 23 minutes to put Highgate 1-0 up.
A second goal from Brown after 71 minutes doubled Highgate’s lead, though Lye Town may consider themselves unfortunate to not bag a goal or two as Sam Smith and Scott Turner shined for the visiting side – blocking several key chances for Lye.
Though Brown was denied a hat-trick when a last minute penalty was saved, Highgate cruised into the second qualifying round with a comfortable victory.
Highgate will face Paget Rangers in the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday (September 24).
Remarkably, Highgate were unable to make it two wins in four days against Lye Town as Lye earned revenge on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win.
The home side were outplayed and outmuscled as goals from Ben Billingham, Sam Tye and Christopher Knight earned Lye a 3-0 league win.
Highgate are next in action this Saturday with an away trip to face unbeaten league leaders Westfields in the latest round of the FA Cup.