Highgate United 3 Oadby Town 1
HIGHGATE’S revival and recent good run of form continued as they revenged a heavy early season defeat to Oadby in the Midland Football Alliance.
For Highgate, the win takes them up to the heady heights of 17th, their best placing of the season so far.
’Gate edged a first half in which chances were few and far between. They had to wait until the stroke of half time to get their noses in front, when Shawn Salmon squared the ball for Seb Hamilton to finish with a clinical volley from the edge of the area.
Immediately after the break, Perry Cox saved well from Prendeep Bayrey at the foot of his near post and midfielder Aaron Butcher hit a 15 yard effort narrowly wide of the home goal. But ’Gate responded in the best possible manner when six minutes into the half Richard Deeming set up the in-form Hamilton for his second.
Five minutes later the visitors pulled a goal back when poor defending allowed Jouel Potter to beat Cox at the second attempt.
Shaking off the set back ’Gate continued with their attacking style of play, Tobias Salmon and Hamilton both having close range efforts cleared off the line and Andre Joseph volleying the wrong side of the upright.
Hamilton put the result beyond doubt with ten minutes remaining, beating two defenders before hitting a curling shot into the corner of the net, securing his second hat-trick in two weeks.
Peugeot 1 Silhill 3
SILHILL caused a major upset in this BCFA Junior Cup third round fixture as they courageously humbled pre-match favourites Peugeot at Coventry’s Alan Higgs Sports Centre.
Highly motivated captain Darren Lea led by example, ensuring that his team mates were first to the ball in all their early challenges, so that they were able to dominate the scoreless first half.
The pressure paid off in the 66th minute as Lea’s excellent free kick found the head of Tommy Smith, who made no mistake with his effort.
Only three minutes later Silhill were celebrating again as Curtis Karim dispatched a low curling shot for his team’s second.
Steve Smith bulleted in a spectacular diving header late on to make the score 3-0, an important goal considering that Peugeot scored moments after through Calvin Maynard.
Old Wulfs 2 Shirley Athletic 6
IN the Birmingham AFA Premiership Shirley climbed back to the top of the Premiership following an impressive and emphatic away win against Old Wulfs.
On 15 minutes, some nice passing resulted in Anthony Johnson’s through ball see Steve Ruck go one-on-one, and finish calmly.
Within two minutes of the second half, Mike Mountford’s cross found Anthony Johnson unmarked 16 yards out, and his first time shot found the top left hand corner.
New boy Jez Tweede had an immediate impact, as his first contribution was to set up Ruck for Shirley to go three up. Great link up play by Matty Whitehouse and Ruck, saw Ruck bag his hat-trick on 70mins.
Old Wulfs pulled one back but soon after Craig Wilson’s persistence paid off, as he found Steve Ruck, who once again restored Shirley’s four goal lead.
Within three minutes the home side pulled another back, but Tweede’s excellent turn and shot took everyone by surprise to score Shirley’s and the game’s final goal.