PETER Frain admits Highgate’s season has been a ‘massive success’ so far but he is warning there will be not let-up despite Midland Alliance football being all-but guaranteed for the next campaign.
A disastrous run late last season almost cost them a place in their current division but the Midland Combination Premier runners-up will not be repeating that this year according to Frain.
“People were saying before the season that we would go straight back down to the Comb so the season so far has been a massive success,” he said.
“The lads commitment, passion and desire to progress has been fantastic, even when we experienced the bad few weeks of snow, every training session the players would turn out in numbers.
“It has been a pleasure so far this season for me as a manager to have such a great bunch of lads.”
Highgate sit 16th in the Alliance and although they are not mathematically safe it will take a unthinkable set of results to relegate Frain’s men who are 20 points above the drop zone with 12 games remaining.
A successful season always has it’s downsides though and Frain admits it will be tough holding onto some of his star players.
“This season Luke Keen has been a massive signing from Atherstone, he like a few more players are capable of playing a higher standard, so pre-season could be become a battle for me to keep certain players.
“However the future looks bright for Highagte with the average age of the first team at around 22.”
Goals from Neil Kitching, Brian Barland, Keen and Liam O’Shea gave Highgate an impressive 4-2 win over Biddulph Victoria in the league at the weekend.
But they couldn’t take their confidence into their league cup semi-final first leg fixture on Tuesday when they were beaten 2-0 at home to Boldmere St Michaels.
Goals from Adam Wood and Ricky Baker mean that Highgate must reverse the scoreline when they visit their opponents in the second leg next month.