GATE boss Ashley Pulisciano was left glancing higher up the MFL Premier Division table after a 2-0 victory over seventh-placed Quorn on Saturday.
Victory made it back-to-back wins for Highgate – the first time they have achieved the feat since mid-November.
Pulisciano was delighted by his side’s overall defensive performance, and their turn of form since the New Year.
“I couldn’t fault the effort put in by my players against very good opposition, who had beaten us 4-1 in the return fixture in September, and who in Stephen Hart have the Midland Football League’s run away top scorer with 41 goals in all competitions.
“He was a player who was given very few opportunities on Saturday thanks to some solid defending from my back four.
“In fact it was our own Lei Brown with a quality brace who gave a master class in finishing.
“With us consolidated in fifteenth place with games in hand on a clutch of teams above I see no reason why we shouldn’t aim to finish the season in a more comfortable mid table position.”
Highgate had Marco Adaggio back available to them – although not in time to face Quorn, whilst McCauley Manning announced his departure from the club leading up to the game.
The Gate have bolstered their squad though with the arrival of Coleshill Town’s Stuart Hendrie on a joint registration basis.
Speaking on the recent transfer activity, Pulisciano said: “Although I’m pleased to have Adaggio back, I am sorry to lose Manning who has been one of our more outstanding players this term.”
A couple of changes to the side offered opportunities to Aaron Brown – the outfielder taking up Brad Catlow’s place in goal after he suffered an injury the previous week – whilst Todd Yahiya replaced Dale Taylor in midfield.
The hosts had to withstand some considerable pressure from Quorn, but went ahead in the 25th minute when Lei Brown continued his fine form to volley home from Samuel Oji’s header across goal.
A second half of few chances swung firmly in favour of Highgate, despite the visitors knocking on the door repeatedly, when Brown drove the ball low inside the post after latching onto goalkeeper Aaron Brown’s long punt downfield.
Highgate were in action last night (Wednesday) away to Coventry United at Butts Park Arena, with no match action this weekend.
Gate return to the Coppice next Tuesday (March 5) against Boldmere St Michaels.
The club meanwhile, have been drawn away to Wellington Amateurs in the JW Hunt Cup quarter-final, to be played on Wednesday April 3.
The U21’s recent good form ended after a 3-0 away defeat to league leaders Bedworth U21’s, which manager Glen Adams was able to accept given the circumstances.
“They’re the best side we’ve faced this season without doubt and they deserved their victory,” he said.
“But to come to the league leaders without 3 key players in James Wright, Josh Bowen and Chris Dyson and suffer a harsh penalty decision is frustrating.”