Oadby Town 1
Highgate United 2
An important win for Highgate against a team sitting just one point – and one place – below them in the relegation zone, the three points lifting the visitors above Rocester, to fifth from bottom of the MFA League table.
Gate though had to come from behind to win, thanks to two second-half goals, and at the end of the ninety minutes edged what throughout had been a hard fought, if somewhat nervous, encounter between two teams anxious to avoid defeat in what was considered to be a crucial ‘six pointer.’
Gate were unlucky when on the quarter hour mark Slevin headed Dan Povey’s cross against the woodwork, but five minutes later and after enjoying the better of play Gate found themselves behind when Adam Almond worked his way across the edge of the box to fire a fifteen yard drive beyond Hoccum’s reach.
Povey set up Gate’s equaliser bursting into the box to find Hayden who hit low into the bottom corner of the net.
Five minutes from the end came what was to prove the winning goal, Hayden setting up Bennett for a drive hit hard and low into the far corner of the net from the tightest of angles.
Highgate kept up their good form with an 4-3 away win at Rugby Town in the quarter-finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night thanks to a last minute header from substitute Liam Florey.
On Saturday Highgate travel to play Alvechurch, kick off 3pm.
Sutton Utd 6
Shirley Athletic 1
Premier League Champions, and current runaway leaders Sutton Utd took full advantage of a depleted, yet collectively lack-lustre Shirley side.
From the start, Sutton’s confidence and fitness provided early warning signs of what the afternoon held for Shirley.
Sutton’s first goal was a result of their good play, helped by Shirley’s static defending, when allowing the Sutton midfielder to head onto the crossbar from six yards out, and then watching as he reacted to the rebound quicker to put Sutton 1-0 up.
Sutton’s second came when an apparently dangerous tackle was overlooked by the referee, and as most of Shirley stopped, Sutton carried on, and exploited Shirley’s lack of concentration to go 2-0 up.
After a disastrous first half, Shirley found themselves 5-0 down.
Sutton took their foot of the peddle a little, but were able to bag their sixth midway through the second period.
Shirley did bag a good consolation though. Joe Cole’s pace enabled him to go one-on-one with the Sutton keeper, and he nicely finished.
Shirley were taught a lesson in fitness, hunger, desire and collective concentration by a very impressive Sutton side.
Shirley entertain AFC Somers at The Glades this Saturday, kick off 2pm.