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Coleshill Town 2 Highgate United 3: Gate made to work for derby victory that keeps them top

Three more points for Highgate as they continue to top the table but none will come harder than those earned from this keenly fought local derby

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Highgate United

Three more points for Highgate as they continue to top the table but none will come harder than those earned from this keenly fought local derby.

The match saw Gate survive long periods of pressure from a home side which created but squandered the greater number of chances.

Manager Lee Adams gave a debut to keeper Stuart Parsons, on a season’s long loan from Solihull Moors, the keeper proving his worth with a string of fine saves during the latter stages of a contest which saw Gate close to throwing away a three goal advantage.

Leading scorer Lei Brown had given the visitors the cushion of a two goal half time lead. He toe poked the ball beyond Paul Hathaway off Joe Adams’ 17th minute pass, waiting just ten minutes to complete his brace.

Coleshill’s Dean Rathbone had twice gone close with Danny Tymon striking the woodwork from 20 yards, the hosts ruing those misses when five minutes after the break Adams extended the lead with a quality strike.

A quickly taken 54th minute free kick led to Tymon hitting a low 20 yard drive beyond Parsons’ reach, Gate then reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Tom Lacey.

From then, Coleshill laid siege, Parsons excelling himself with saves to deny Rathbone, Luke Edwards and Tymon but unable to keep out substitute Jake Murral’s 89th minute header. The goal set up a tense finish but both the woodwork and Parsons denied the home side what might be considered a deserved share of the spoils.

On Saturday Highgate are at home to Gornal Athletic (3pm) and on Tuesday evening they entertain Solihull Moors in the Birmingham Senior Cup (7.45pm).

 

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