SHIRLEY club Highgate United got their second season in the Midland Football Alliance off to a bad start this week.
Gate lost at home in their opening fixture on Saturday, then got thrashed on Tuesday night by Boldmere St Michael.
In their opening game against Coalville, Gate did more than enough to gain at least a point, but poor finishing cost them.
Bad luck also blighted Gate, as they had a goal disallowed, one shot hit the cross bar and another was cleared off the line.
Carl Adams punished them in the 70th minute, with Coalville’s and the game’s only goal.
On Tuesday, Highgate travelled to promotion favourites Boldmere and got off to an awful start. Ricky Baker put them two goals behind after just 10 minutes and although Steve Darlington went close to reducing the arrears on the stroke of half time, his side conceded a third to Jermail Fuller just two minutes into the second.
Gate continued to make a fight of it with Lee Hatfield, Tom Thacker and Darlington all going close to what would have proved a consolation goal.
But the visitors left themselves exposed at the back with Simeon Tulloch and Jack Brown both scoring late on to make it 5-0.