HIGHGATE’s mid-season revival continued as they beat title-contenders Tipton Town to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.
In-form Chris Gummery scored either side of Liam O’Shea’s scrambled goal to move the hosts 14 points clear of the drop zone with 17 games remaining.
Peter Frain was full of praise for his hard-working side and will be thinking a top-10 finish is not out of reach given their fine form.
The manager had to do without the presence of midfield trio Ben Timmins, Chris Hayden and Jamie Stockton but that didn’t stop them ending Tipton’s run of four consecutive victories.
Despite making all the running Gate found themselves behind after 25 minutes when captain Luke Edwards had the misfortune to deflect Chris Morris’s driven cross into his own net.
Tipton custodian Wes Cox had earlier kept out efforts from Tom Gittings and Brian Barland but was left stranded when Luke Keen’s perfectly flighted 37th minute free kick was deftly headed in at the far post by Gummery.
Highgate survived early second half Tipton pressure with keeper Perry Cox making smart saves to deny Morris and Leon Allen but the hosts quickly got back into their natural passing game.
O’Shea put the hosts into the lead on 70 minutes and then turned provider to set up Gummery for a far-post volley three minutes from time.
Nicky Campbell pulled back a consolation in the 94th minute but Highgate held on to record the win.
Tomorrow they entertain Coalville Town (3pm).