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Coventry Copsewood 0 Highgate United 4: Highgate cut down Copsewood to be crowned champions

Highgate made an immediate return to the Premier Division after routing Coventry Copsewood.

Highgate made an immediate return to the Premier Division after routing Coventry Copsewood.

Pushed all the way by runners-up Bromsgrove Sporting, Gate finished in style, with a first-half goal from Josh Hawker and further second-half strikes from Richard Batchelor and Lei Brown ensuring that for the first time in 40 years the Championship Shield ended up in the Highgate cabinet.

Gate came into this fixture on the back of Saturday’s convincing 7-0 win over Stafford Town (Ricardo Richards (3), Martin Crawford (2), Brown and Hawker), but knowing that having been beaten by Copsewood early on in the season, Tuesday evening’s encounter was likely to be a tough affair.

Just one change was made to Saturday’s line-up, Richard Batchelor coming in for the injured Crawford, the new man going close with a header despatched over the bar before Gate were to settle any nerves with the opening goal after eight minutes.

Brown’s left-footed free-kick came back off the wall and Hawker was on hand to drill the rebound low into the bottom corner of keeper Dale O’Donnell’s net.

After the break the visitors were in total control but had to wait until the 76th minute to extend their lead. Brown burst in from the left-hand side squaring his pass into Batchelor’s path, a low crisp shot beating O’Donnell at the goalkeeper’s left-hand post.

With the hosts struggling, a quick counter attack saw Nathan Edgington and Richards combine to set up Brown to fire home from the edge of the box, Brown going on to cap an excellent night and giving the signal for the champagne to flow by completing his brace five minutes from the end – goal No.48 of the season, which makes him the league’s overall leading scorer.

With a successful league season now over Highgate will be looking to make it a double when they meet Redditch Borough (Redditch Reserves) in the final of the Smedley Crooke Cup to be played at Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Road ground on Saturday, May 9, KO 3pm.


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