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‘Golden era’ possible - new Highgate boss

Solihull’s second biggest football club, Highgate United, have appointed highly-rated Marcus McDonald as their new manager.

Solihull’s second biggest football club, Highgate United, have appointed highly-rated Marcus McDonald as their new manager.

Following the controversial sacking of previous boss Peter Frain two weeks ago, the Shirley club have been quick to bring in the former Cradley Town manager.

McDonald, who also spent three-and-a-half years at Midland Combination side Thimblemill, said he was “delighted” at becoming Highgate’s new manager.

“After meeting with the Board and listening to their plans for the club I am excited by what can be achieved,” said McDonald.

“The Board seem to have a very well thought out plan to enable the club to push forward an exciting project which I am pleased to be part of - and if we all pull together I seriously believe this could lead to another golden era for Highgate.”

The new supremo was at Tythe Barn Lane to see caretaker manager Keith Checketts’ side move off the bottom of the table with a 0-0 draw against Shifnal.

Missing only Anthony Hopkins from the line-up that won at Coleshill in mid-week, Gate created a hatfull of chances but failed to get the ball into the back of the net.

Enjoying the better of first half exchanges, youngster Danny Kerrigan twice sent chances off target, and Tom Thacker showed that experience doesn’t always count, by breaking clear only to scuff his effort wide.

A Thacker volley was hit over the bar and keeper Rick Martson produced an excellent save to deny Scott Turner at the near post as the first half drew to a close.

A less frantic second half display saw the two sides more evenly matched, with Andy Rich and Danny Walne going close for the visitors, but again the better chances fell to the home side with Martson making good saves from Craig Gaswieski and Tom Reynolds.

 

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