FOOTBALL: HIGHGATE boss Ashley Pulisciano has set promotion from the Midland Football League as his side’s aim going forward.
Speaking to the Observer after his side’s clash against Westfields was postponed, Pulisciano revealed the positive atmosphere within his side’s dressing room – and the boss believes this season could go from strength to strength.
And he has reason to be cheerful as the season reaches its halfway stage.
Striker Marco Adaggio tops the Midland Football League (MFL) Premier Division goalscoring chart with 19 – he’s followed by Kyle Brady of Sporting Khalsa and Shay Brennan of Shepshed Dynamo.
Pulisciano said: “We’ll be there or there abouts at the end of the season.
“Being top is our ambition. We have games in hand and Coleshill play Khalsa this weekend, a draw between them would be good for us.
“Finishing top of the league is realistic. We’ve received compliments from rival players and I’ve shown the lads messages we’ve received, it’s boosted them big time.”
Though Gate suffered a blow when they were dumped out of three knockout events in three successive fixtures, Pulisciano hopes to use the extra days of rest to help his side climb to the top of the MFL.
And with four games in hand, the manager is eyeing to extend his side’s unbeaten league run after an troublesome start to the campaign.
He said: “At the start of the season we had five players suspended and two injured. It was a bit of a struggle as we had to wait on them.
“But we’ve had players return of late and we’re now on a good run.
“It’s disappointing to have lost our last three cup games, but at least we can now focus on the league as they say.”
The wintry weather has also put pay to any training Pulisciano had planned for his side this week.
His men will instead hit the gym, completing a series of spinning classes to ensure fitness reaches a peak for this Saturday’s game at Coventry United.
“As we can’t train we’ll all be hitting the gym – completing spinning classes to ensure we’re fit,” said Pulisciano.
“If you asked me three months ago I wouldn’t be sure how to say I feel.
“But right now we don’t fear anyone.
“We’re going to games with the mentality that we’re going to win. And that helps us a lot.”
Highgate’s fixtures over the festive season include:
Saturday December 23: Home vs South Normanton Athletic (3pm).
Boxing Day: Home vs Stourport Swifts (3pm).
Saturday, December 30th: Away vs Rugby Town (3pm).