Two second half goals by Shane Benjamin and Joe Adams after falling behind sent Highgate back to the top of the Midland Football Alliance League table on Saturday.
Despite coming into the game on the back of stuttering form, with his team recording a draw and defeat in their last two games, manager Lee Adams stayed faithful to the same players who had most recently shared six goals with Heath Hayes, just one change being made on the bench with the return from suspension of Nathan Edgington.
Gate had failed to cover themselves in glory with a far from inspiring first half performances; their one chance falling to Adams whose well struck eighth minute free kick was well saved by keeper Elliott Shilliam.
The visitors came out after the break in a far more determined and positive fashion but found themselves behind after 56 minutes when Phillips had the easiest of tasks turning in Jamie Allen’s firmly hit cross at close range, a goal cancelled out within sixty seconds when Benjamin powered a low unstoppable fifteen yard drive beyond Shilliam’s reach.
Karl King and Trevor Edwards, who had been prominent in the build up to the equaliser, combined again on the hour mark ;setting up Adams for yet another immaculate strike arrowed high into the top corner leaving Shilliam rooted to the spot.
Gate were by now looking good value for their lead, and thanks to some solid defending from Craig Hall and his fellow defenders, and with Edwards twice saving well to deny Nathan McIntosh and Nathan Jones, a late Kirby rally was repelled, with Gate going close to extending their advantage when a solo effort from Edgington struck the woodwork, Edgington, Lei Brown and substitute Reece Lynch having late attempts cleared off the line.
Tomorrow Highgate are away to Coleshill Town (3.00pm).