High hopes as Albion chase promotion spot
21 February, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Winger Anthoney Dalton celebrates his opening goal with team-mates John McNamara (left) and Alan Callaghan
HAT-TRICK hero Anthoney Dalton kept promotion-chasing Highgate Albion in the driving seat at the weekend by leading his team to a well-earned victory away at Brotherhood FC in Division Three of the Barnet Sunday League.
The winger wasted little time finding the back of the net at Southgate School in Enfield as he slotted home from close range following good work from team-mate Alan Callaghan.
Dalton then doubled his tally when he beat the keeper at his near post after racing on to John McNamara’s inch-perfect through-ball, before completing his hat-trick by getting his head on the end of Craig Gorrie’s dangerous inswinging free-kick.
Technology – or more accurately the lack of it – in Sunday football also helped Highgate in their 4-2 win with manager John Eager admitting that their third goal “may not have counted had VAR been available”. Gaku Sato was credited with the goal but there were question marks as to whether or not the ball had crossed the line.
The win leaves Highgate second in the table, seven points behind leaders Zenit St. Whetstone with nine games left to play. With the top two winning promotion they are, perhaps more importantly, nine points ahead of third-placed Enfield Albion, who have two games in hand.
“It’s unlikely that Zenit, who haven’t been beaten this season, are going to drop seven points,” added John.
“At the start of the season we weren’t even dreaming about promotion, but now it’s a real possibility. All we can do is keep winning our games.”