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United suffer double league defeat

TWO defeats in three days saw Highgate make the worst possible start to life in the Aspire Midland Football Alliance.

TWO defeats in three days saw Highgate make the worst possible start to life in the Aspire Midland Football Alliance.

On Tuesday they were beaten 2-0 by a strong Boldmere St Michaels side, a second cuccessive victory for them.

And it followed a disappointing 4-2 defeat ini their opener at Rocester on Saturday.

Both games saw Highgate concede early on to put them immediately on the back foot.

Shaun Derry fired in a 25-yard free-kick to put visitors Boldmere again in the second minute while, at the other end, two efforts from Tom Thacker and a glorious opportunity for Liam O'Shea went begging.

After the break O'Shea missed another good chance but the defeat could have been heavier had John Williams converted a penalty mid-way through the half.

The Boldmere striker made amends on 70 minutes though as he wrapped up the win with an overhead kick.

Last Saturday, four goals from Rory Maxwell guided Rocester to victory on the opening day.

Maxwell scored a first half hat-trick after debutant Dave Timmins has prematurely levelled the scores after five minutes.

With time running out, O'Shea gave the away side a lifeline as he finished off a silky passing move.

The referee then booked a Rocester player for the second time yet failed to realise despite the linesman pointing out his error.

And to rub salt in the wound Maxwell had the last say as he capped off a fine performance with his fourth goal just before the final whistle.

Highgate manager Peter Frain remained in a positive mood but was cursing the referee's 'bizarre' decision making.

"I can take a lot of positives from the game, and apart from a bit of naïve defending, we didn't look out of place," he admitted.

 

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