FOOTBALL: GOALKEEPER Brendon Bunn was the hero for Highgate as he produced a string of outstanding saves to earn his side a point following a goalless stalemate at home to Loughborough University.
Highgate had headed into Saturday’s game high in confidence on the back of a five-game unbeaten run, but they were a shadow of the team that beat Alvechurch in mid-week and were outplayed for much of the game.
Both sides were desperate for three points in their fight for safety in the Midland League Premier Division on what was an immaculate surface, with conditions spoilt only by a strong gusting wind.
Loughborough started brightly and created the first chance after just two minutes when full back Alex Dinsmore’s cross fell invitingly to Jake Taylor in front of goal, but his hurried shot was competently dealt with by Bunn.
Lei Brown sent a lobbed effort over off target but it was the Students who were proving the more dangerous.
Highgate did have the ball in the back of the net but Brown’s effort was chalked off for an offside infringement and soon after Orrin Pendley headed wide from a corner.
The hosts created their first serious effort on goal five minutes before the break but after being picked out by Adaggio, Manning curled his effort high over the bar.
Bunn came to Highgate’s rescue by producing an outstanding save to deny Alex Johnson at close range and the deadlock remained unopened at half-time.
Adaggio tested visiting keeper King early in the second half before a quickly taken free kick ended with Crookes firing the ball into the side netting.
Jacob Taylor’s spectacular bicycle kick grazed the top of the crossbar while at the other end Turner was off target with a header.
A mistake at the back let in Crookes only for Bunn to make yet another fine save before right back Luke Trotman cut into the box to strike the outside of the upright with an angled drive.
Bunn made yet another outstanding save by diving to his left to touch a Trotman power driver round the post and when Turner headed home an Adaggio in-swinging corner the goal was ruled out because of an adjudged shove in the box.
A late scramble in the box proved fruitless with Trotman and fellow defenders blocking and scrambling clear what were to prove desperate late chances.
On Saturday Highgate travel to play Walsall Wood before Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough Stadium is the venue next Wednesday when Gate face Division One leaders Bromsgrove Sporting in the final of the Worcestershire Senior Urn.