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Local derby finishes up honours even all round

Studley 1 Highgate United 1

Studley 1 Highgate United 1

Monday’s low key local derby finished honours even, but after a forgettable first-half Highgate upped their game after the break, levelling the score through debutant Carl King and going on to enjoy the majority of play, but failing to secure the win that their second- half display deserved.

Gate were looking to end a disappointing losing run in their quest to move out of the relegation places, the point secured leaving them in 18th place above the bottom four teams.

Opportunities proved rare in a dull opening half enlivened only by Studley’s deft lob of keeper Shawn Edwards in the 33rd minute.

Gate looked livelier in the second-half, playing a neat and stylish brand of football, with Reynolds settling down on his return to the club, and starting to pull the strings in midfield.

Continuous pressure at last told, when in the 69th minute when King bundled Ian Mitchell’s cross over the line with what was his first touch just 30 seconds after coming on as substitute, the equaliser just reward for the visitor’s total dominance of the second-half.

On the Saturday before Gate lost 1-0 to Gresley in an ill-tempered affair that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

On Saturday Highgate visit Tipton Town in the FA Cup first qualifying round.

On September 10 Highgate entertain Bewdley Town in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

 

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