19th Nov, 2017

REPORT: Highgate make history by reaching FA Vase third round

FOOTBALL: HIGHGATE advanced to their third round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history after beating Worcester City 2-1.

But the road to Wembley isn’t likely to be easy as Highgate were drawn at home to Midland Premier Division table toppers Coleshill Town.

Saturday’s game proved a fiesty encounter and one that Highgate will be pleased to have won against a side that sits one place above them in the Midland Football League.

Craig Woodley and Lee Adams – who took charge of the game in place of the absent Ashley Pulisciano – were confronted with a selection headache with George Curry and Lei Brown injured while Isaac Jagroop and Richard Bryan where benched with knocks.

Duane Courtney was handed a start at right back while Trevor Edwards moved into midfield.

Worcester started the game brightly and created a couple of early chances as Lee Hughes headed a Josh Sarmento cross over the bar.

Gate reacted well to the early scare though and almost took the lead when Edwards slipped a pass through for Adaggio, whose shot went wide.

The visitors were caught on the break though when Sarmento beat Cantlow in a one-on-one, only for for Turner to step in with a goalline clearance.

A series of chances presented themselves to Highgate as Josh Hawker set up Connor Mooney for a shot which flashed wide before Brown’s header from a free kick was blocked.

A game of pinball in a crowded box ended with City’s Jordan Stoddart blocking Mooney’s goal bound effort as the half ended scoreless.

Immediately after the break, the visitors hit a purple patch – stunning Worcester with two goals in the space of four minutes.

Hawker tucked away a calm finish on 48 minutes before Adaggio’s header doubled Highgate’s lead minutes later.

City responded as George Forsythe had a shot deflected wide before James Baldwin provided Mark Danks with a golden chance to peg a goal back.

A controversial corner for the home side was converted on 75 minutes when Nathan Hayward’s strike from 20 yards found the back of the net.

The goal came against the run of play though as Highgate held onto their one-goal lead to advance to the third round.

Worcester are the visitors to the Coppice on Saturday for a league encounter at 3pm.

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