New Highgate manager Marcus McDonald was left with plenty to think about as he watched his new charges slump to a sixth league defeat of the season against Rocester.
Rocester edged a disappointing contest thanks to the pace of brothers Tobias and Shawn Salmon up front, a late Tom Thacker goal not enough for his side to turn around what was by then a two goal deficit.
With very few positives to take a poor display McDonald must now hope that he has been successful in his seven-day approaches for players, and with no game on Saturday both Sam Hawker and Simon Volante have been pencilled in for squad places for the Birmingham Senior Cup trip to Causeway United on Tuesday evening.
Toby Checketts and Neil Hands both earned starting places for last Saturday’s match but with the home side starting poorly it came as no surprise when Rocester took a twentieth minute lead, Tobias Salmon bursting through to fire an unstoppable shot past keeper Perry Cox.
Cox then saved well to deny Salmons a second, whilst at the other end Stewart Hall should have done better than toe poke Tom Reynolds’ deflected shot into Richard Froggatt’s body. Gate were equally ineffective after the break conceding a second goal on 63 minutes, Salmons tormenting his marker wide on the right to deliver the perfect cross bundled in by James Curley.
A late Highgate rally saw Thacker reduce the arrears with a well taken seventieth minute goal but despite Checketts and Luke Edwards both going close with well directed headers Gate failed to rescue a point from a contest in which they had been second best throughout.