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Best start yet for rampant 'Gate

Highgate United 3

Highgate United 3

Loughborough University 0

SHANE Benjamin followed up his two goals in the 2-0 midweek win at Westfields with another brace in Saturday’s defeat of Loughborough University, Lei Brown keeping his nose in front of the leading scorer’s stakes with the opening goal of what turned out to be a relatively-comfortable victory.

The three points leaves Gate as surprise leaders of the Midland Football Alliance, although only on goal difference and having played one more game than second-placed Tividale.

Although enjoying the better of early exchanges, the Students rarely troubled or looked likely to breach a resolute home defence, the majority of chances falling at the other end where Joe Adams struck the foot of the post from a 25 yard free kick and Benjamin and Brown both saw efforts flash across the face of goal.

Brown broke the deadlock after 37 minutes, making the most of a mistake at the back to burst into the box and beat keeper Adam Painten with a trademark left foot shot.

The second goal came late on in the half, Benjamin spinning on Adams’ low driven free kick to fire into the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes from the end Benjamin completed the scoring with a rasping drive fired in from what appeared to be an impossible angle, making it four consecutive wins for the home side as they continued their best-ever start to an MFA season.

On Saturday, Highgate entertain Walsall Wood, newly promoted from the Midland Football Combination, and on Monday afternoon they are at Coventry Sphinx, both 3pm kick offs.

Highgate have been drawn at home to Solihull Moors in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup, date to be arranged.


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