By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 19:01
Tipton Town 5 Highgate United 3
HIGHGATE'S wait for a win at Tipton Town continues after they surrendered a 2-0 lead and missed a late penalty there on Saturday.
They trailed 4-3 when thrown a late lifeline for a foul on DJ Pitt but Jake Brown's effort was saved by replacement keeper Jack Hayfield and Tipton went on to rub salt into the wounds by adding a fifth through Nathan Waite.
Boss Keith Checketts rested Jake Brown and Elroy Bennett as the visitors attempted to add to their three game unbeaten run, Neil Kitching and Pitt were both recalled to the starting line-up.
Tipton created the game's first opening but Tom Tonks was well off target with a 12-yard volley whilst the best chance of the opening stages came at the other end when Liam Florey intercepted Paul Henley's poorly headed back pass but proved unable to round keeper Jake Woodhouse who gratefully snatched the ball off the toes of the midfielder.
Playing with a strong wind on their backs and somewhat against the run of play, Gate took a 24th minute lead when full back Andy Fraher ghosted in at the far post to head Ollie Casey's deeply struck free kick past the stationary keeper.
The lead was doubled within a minute as Pitt picked up Trevor Edwards' through ball to keep his cool and beat Woodhouse at the foot of his right hand post.
Gate allowed their good work to be undone somewhat five minutes before half time though when Tonks controlled the ball ten-yards out and fired past Shaun Edwards and the scores were level five minutes into the second half thanks to Reuban Wilson's driven strike.
Things were to get even worse for the visitors a minute later when, after Shaun Edwards had saved well from Karl Edwards, Nigel Penney stroked home the loose ball to put the hosts ahead for the first time in the match.
Gate responded quickly as Tipton's defence struggled to deal with Fraher's long throw and the ball found its way to Pitt to fire home in the 54th minute.
A controversial fourth goal gave Tipton the advantage again with ten minutes left. Two balls on the pitch at the same time caused confusion as to which was in play but Tipton carried on regardless and Tonks headed home to give his side the lead before the late drama followed.
Highgate travel to Hereford to face Westfields on Saturday before entertaining Rocester on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
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