MANAGER Russell Dodd was left with no complaints after Highgate United’s revival continued in an impressive 2-0 victory over Sporting Khalsa.
Goals either side of the break from Isaac Jagroop and Stuart Hendrie saw off the high-flying visitors, who were second prior to kick off, in an emphatic display at The Coppice.
The win pushes the Gate up to 13th in the Midland Football League Premier Division and extends their unbeaten run in the competition to three matches.
Dodd was particularly pleased with a first clean sheet in the league since a 1-0 away win at Heather St John’s at the start of November and hailed the all-round superiority enjoyed by his team at the weekend.
“There was not a weak link in sight,” he said.
“We showed great teamwork, quality football of the highest order, a determination to defend a lead that we’ve not seen recently, a clean sheet and a hatful of chances created against a high-riding side made to look distinctly average.
“The much-needed three points gives us some breathing space as we consolidate our spot in thirteenth place, but with some big games coming up – not least our visit to Worcester City on Saturday – I now need to bring the players down to earth.
A fast start from the hosts meant that the bulk of the opening chances fell the way of Highgate, with Hendrie coming within inches of meeting Ryan Conlon’s tantalising cross, before then being denied in a one-on-one with Khalsa stopper Sam Arnold.
It seemed Hendrie was not to be successful in his quest to open the scoring as he was denied yet again by the gloves of Arnold, while James McGrady reminded Highgate of his threat down the other end by clattering a shot against James Beeson’s goalframe.
With two minutes before the break, Jagroop finally gave Highgate a deserved lead when powering home a header from Hendrie’s corner.
The midfielder turned from provider to scorer moments after the restart when finally registering the goal his efforts warranted, picking out the corner with a clinical finish.
Substitutes Cameron Collins and Seegu Sebbeh Njie both threatened to add to the scoreline, though their misses did not prove costly as Dodd’s men coasted home to all three points.
A trip to Worcester City’s current residence at Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground awaits on Saturday (3pm).