HIGHGATE suffered a miserable week as they were dumped out of the Birmingham Senior Cup and the FA Vase.
A 5-0 thrashing at North West Counties Premier Division side Newcastle Town in the FA Vase first round was followed on Tuesday by a 4-1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.
The Black Country side fielded a youthful line-up at Tythe Barn Lane, and found the killer breakthrough on the half hour mark when promising midfielder Tom Waghorn smashed home the opener.
Centre forward Chris Wood doubled the visitors lead just before half time and added another strike minutes after the restart.
The Baggies' scoring was wrapped up in the 65th minute when winger Kayleden Brown pounced but Highgate scored a late consolation.
The crushing defeat came hot on the heels of another heavy defeat in the FA Vase.
Goals from Jordan Johnson, Chris Budry, Andy Kinsey, Andy Bourne and Richard Minor gave Newcastle Town an easy route into the second round.
Manager Peter Frain had no complaints about the manner of the defeat and admitted that his side always looked second best and were totally outplayed by the outstanding hosts.
He is hoping to have star striker Liam O'Shea available tomorrow when Highgate entertain mid-table Cradley Town in the Midland Alliance.