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Highgate United FC 6 Lichfield City FC 1: Rampant Highgate dish out six of the best to sorry City

Highgate United FC 6 Lichfield City FC 1: City went close to pulling a goal back when Highgate shot-stopper Connor McCarthy saved well to deny opposition centre forward Tom Essex.

Having overcome a recent dip in form and seeking back-to-back wins, Gate made their intentions known from the start Ricardo Richards giving his side a third minute lead with a goal out of nothing, the recently recruited striker turning on a sixpence to despatch an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net.

The lead was extended just seven minutes later when Karl King poked home Turner’s cushioned header between keeper Craig Johnson and his left hand post.

City went close to pulling a goal back when Highgate shot-stopper Connor McCarthy saved well to deny opposition centre forward Tom Essex.

But any such resistance was to fade in the face of some strong attacking play from the home team. It was no surprise when after 25 minutes Lei Brown scored a third, Gate’s leading scorer pouncing after Chris Bull had blocked Richards’ initial attempt to hit a first time 25-yard half-volley well beyond keeper Johnson’s reach.

Richards despatched a header against the cross bar Batchelor sent a header wide and Connor Mooney was a foot too high from a 20-yard free kick, Gate going in at half time with a three goal lead but which was to be reduced within 30 seconds of the restart. Poor defending allowed Ahmet Bilgimer to convert Dan Thurstance’s cross at the far post.

The three goal margin was restored in 64th minute when Martin Crawford and Brown combined to set up Mooney for another quality strike hit firmly past Johnson .

Martin Crawford got his name on the scoresheet with a 71st minute goal arriving at the far post to side foot home Pulisciano’s perfectly delivered cross, the scoring and an emphatic win completed ten minutes from the end when Mooney doubled his tally from the penalty spot after Richards had been scythed down in the box.

On Saturday Highgate travel to Bolehall Swifts (KO 3pm).

 

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