STRIKER Lei Brown scored a hat-trick in what turned out to be a comfortable 3-0 win for Highgate at AFC Wulfrunians in the Midland League Premier Division.
Gate made easy work of their opponents to make it three wins on the trot to move up to fourth in the league table.
Despite the home side enjoying the better of the first half Gate entered the break with a two-goal lead thanks to a first half brace from Brown.
After a strong start from the hosts Gate went ahead on 31 minutes somewhat against the run of play when a poor clearance saw Brown take control of a loose ball and drill a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Jake Webb came close to scoring an equaliser but his turn and shot fell gratefully into Catlow’s gloves.
Instead it was the visitors who scored the second on the stroke of half-time. Brown pounced to convert at close range after Tipton failed to hold on to a Catlow free kick taken from inside his own half.
Wulfs were fast out of the blocks after the break and Webb should have done better with a header cleared off the line by Karl King before the home side’s Jamie King then fired a golden opportunity wide of an unguarded goal.
The tide of possession was to turn in Gate’s favour when in the 63rd minute Jordan Perks received a straight red for a foul on Mooney.
And Brown completed the scoring with his third and final goal 18 minutes from time. The Gate striker curled a shot beyond Tipton’s reach from 18 yards out to seal a 3-0 win.