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Boldmere St. Michaels
Highgate United
Sat 7 Dec 15:00 - The Midland Football Alliance - Division 1 Full time Attendance 98

The Mikes 2-2 Highgate United

The Mikes missed the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top of the table after a stirring comeback left the league leaders hanging on for a point.

The Mikes seemed to be suffering a hangover following two consecutive league defeats as the visitors raced into a two goal lead, but launched an excellent comeback that left them wondering how they failed to claim three points in the end.

Looking somewhat strange taking the field in unfamiliar white socks due to the visitors bringing a kit that clashed, The Mikes looked a shadow of their usual selves in the opening half an hour.

The Mikes started positively, but without unduly troubling the Gate defence. James Beeson did well to claim an awkward corner under his bar, before another flag kick was to be The Mikes undoing on 18 minutes.

The Mikes 2-2 Highgate United by Steve Walker
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The initial kick was knocked down by King and Richie Robinson became the latest former Mikes player to score against them as he headed home from close range.

The home side wasted a couple of opportunities to deliver free kicks into the box, before conceding from another corner just before the half hour. Edgington was somewhat fortunate to win the flag kick, as the ball seemed to bounce back off his chest as his cross was blocked. Rolfe's excellent delivery found Curtis, and the centre half headed powerfully into the corner despite The Mikes having men on the line.

As the game settled into a midfield battle, both sides had half chances without unduly troubling the keepers, before the home side were handed a lifeline on the stroke of half time. Simeon Maye was quickest to the loose ball on the edge of the box and was felled by a crude lunge. Ross Clarke stepped up to curl a delightful effort over the wall and beyond Jay into the corner.

HT: The Mikes 1 v 2 Highgate United.

With their manager's words ringing in their ears, the home side came out with altogether more vigour as they set about finding an equaliser.

Lee Osborne and Ross Clarke wasted chances, before the equaliser came just before the hour mark. There was a sense of inevitability that it would come from a corner, and Simeon Maye arrived unchallenged to bury Ross Clarke's superbly flighted delivery.

It was all Boldmere now as they sensed the win that had looked so unlikely half an hour earlier. Jason Holmes fired wide from range, before The Mikes came mighty close to the lead. Andy Lewis launched a rapid counter attack and Holmes centred for Ryan Edmunds, whose half volley smashed back off the bar before Jay could move. The Mikes picked up the loose ball and Holmes side-stepped his man before unleashing a left footed strike from 20 yards which hit almost the identical spot on the woodwork.

Beeson saved comfortably from King in Gate's best attack of the half, before The Mikes had the visitors firmly back on the rack.

Curtis made a last ditch challenge on the slide to deny sub Kirk Smith, before the offside flag spared skipper Adam Wood's blushes as he side footed wide with the goal gaping.

There was still time for one last chance and the Gate defence had an almighty escape in the closing seconds. Lee Osborne found space to twist and turn deep in the area and he fired across the helpless Jay, but a covering defender had shown the presence if mind to retreat onto the goal line, making his own luck as the ball somehow flew off his shin and over the bar. Gate dug deep to defend the resultant flurry of corners to claim the draw.

Despite the visitors riding their luck in the face of The Mikes' impressive second half onslaught, a share of the spoils was probably fair reward overall as the league leaders became the first team to claim a point at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground this season.

The Mikes: James Beeson; Peter Gould; Ricky Baker; Chris Neilson; Adam Wood; Ross Clarke; Simon Maye; Andrew Lewis; Jason Holmes Ryan Edmunds; Lee Osborne.
Subs: Alex Forde; Jonathan Brown; Kirk Smith; Will Perkins; Mark Rose.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Tividale 42 95
2. Boldmere St. Michaels 42 83
3. Highgate United 42 79
4. Coleshill Town 42 78
5. Quorn 42 77
6. Walsall Wood 42 71
7. Coventry Sphinx 42 67

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