HIGHGATE United’s start to the new campaign went from bad to worse as they got hammered at home and lost three influential players.
The movement out of the Midland Football Alliance club came just days after the News reported their manager had been sacked. Successful boss Peter Frain was given the boot after sticking up for his players, he claims, during an expenses row with the board.
In the last week, midfielder Jamey Osborne has signed for Southern League Midland Division side Romulus, and both Lee Hatfield and Chris Gummery have transferred to fellow MFA outfit Studley.
In their home game on Saturday, Gate played fellow strugglers Friar Lane and Epworth.
Highgate started positively but it was Friar Lane who took the lead in the 22nd minute, when Hardeep Phull was given too much time and space to curl a thirty yard shot beyond Perry Cox’s reach.
The lead was doubled fifteen minutes later through striker Danny Hodgkinson, who fired a low drive into the bottom corner of the net. Gate managed to reduce the arrears five minutes before the break when Steve Darlington rose at the far post to head home Tom Reynold’s flighted free kick.
A strong start to the second half saw Chris Gummery twice bring excellent saves out of Holyoaks, Luke Edwards have a header cleared off the line and Thacker hit a good chance across the face of goal.
Yet as the game wore on the visitors took control of the midfield and began to dominate play, with two goals in the last 30 minutes from Danny Geary leaving Gate on the end of a heavy 4-1 defeat and rooted to the bottom of the table.
Regarding the club’s vacant manager position, a club spokesperson told the News the board is in the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates.
l Highgate recorded their first win of the season in a mid week clash at Coleshill Town. Debutant Anthony Hopkins scored two and set up youngster Danny Kerrigan for Gate’s third.