Highgate's excellent start to the season continued on Saturday, a Lei Brown hat trick and Karl King’s header seeing off spirited resistance from a Gornal side surprisingly struggling at the opposite end of the table.
Manager Lee Adams recalled Nathan Edgington into his starting line up in place of Tom Lacey, Jamie Bailey making a first start of the season on the bench.
Gate were forced to soak up early pressure from the visitors who had Carlos Thompson and Ravi Sangha prominent in a series of promising attacks, Sangha going close with a shot dragged inches beyond keeper Stuart Parsons’ far post. Gate took a 17th minute lead somewhat against the run of play, Brown slotting Shane Benjamin’s pass between custodian Ryan Taylor and his right hand post.
Gornal went on to enjoy the majority of possession during the first half with Fred Mtumbi striking the woodwork from wide on the left hand side of the box and although Parsons was rarely troubled he was to be beaten ten minutes after the break when centre half Callum Reeves hit an unstoppable 25-yard drive low into the bottom corner of the net.
The leveller was the signal for Gate to raise their game, the response being two goals in a 90 second spell.
Brown completed his brace by running on to Benjamin’s 62nd minute assist rounding Taylor to fire in from the narrowest of angles, Karl King finishing off the best move of the match with a firm header following excellent build up play between Brown and Edgington wide on the left.
Brown scored his 14th goal of the season deep into time added on, converting the resulting penalty after being tripped by defender Jamie Stauntson in the box, leaving Gate sitting on top of the table and Brown leading the League’s goal scoring chart.
AFC Wulfrunians’ FA Cup commitments leaves Gate without a game on Saturday their next fixture being at Dunkirk on October 5, kick off 3pm.