FA Vase Second qualifying Round
HIGHGATE were undone by a Lee Chilton first half hat-trick and consequently went crashing out of this season’s FA Vase.
Although playing at a lower level to Gate, Tividale were not to be taken lightly having put eight goals past fellow Midland Alliance side Oadby Town in the previous round, and were therefore worthy of much respect.
Gate’s prospects weren’t helped with manager Mark Burge having to make wholesale changes which included playing rookie goalkeeper Shaun Hoccum in place of the injured Luke Harling while experienced recent signing Ian Mitchell was brought in as well.
Former AFC Telford player Chilton was soon into his stride scoring in the 10th, 11th and 20th minutes, although Hoccum couldn’t be blamed for any of the goals.
Gate gave a better account of themselves in the second half after Burge made three substitutions and pushed Mitchell into a more forward role.
They pulled a goal back on 80 minutes when Lawrence Rawlings rifled home after combining with Tom Stone.
Tividale’s Todd Warner then wrapped matters up with a fourth goal for the West Midlands League side.
Highgate go in search of some much needed Midland Alliance points this Saturday in the league when they visit high-flying Heath Hayes.