Hockey
Title in sight for Khalsa

22/02 Updated: 29/02 14:49

ANOTHER undefeated weekend for Khalsa leaves them just one win away from lifting the Midland League Premier Division championship.

Khalsa extended their 100 per cent record and made it 17 straight league victories following back-to-back away wins against Edgbaston and Rugby.

They will be crowned champions and achieve their dream of promotion to the National League if they beat neighbours Warwick at St Nicholas Park this Saturday.

Khalsa were forced to come from behind to triumph 5-3 at Edgbaston on Saturday.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges but the defence of Nick Mills, Aaron Nagra, Pummi Singh, Chris Darling and Scott Angliss held firm.

Khalsa weathered the storm and the inspirational Jas Singh superbly set up Gury Ghattuara who neatly finished. Khalsa dominated the remainde of the first half but somehow found themselves trailing as Edgbaston scored twice in quick succession just before the break.

Khalsa’s player/coach and ex-GB International Scott Cordon had a few harsh words to say to his players during the interval and he also led by example in the second half.

Within five minutes of the restart Cordon beat six players during a stunning 70 yard run which ended with a cool finish.

It inspired Khalsa and good work from Adie Betts, Sean Robinson saw Jas Singh free on the right and his reverse stick shot was well saved by the keeper only for Ghattuara to convert the rebound.

Ghattuara completed his hat-trick for the second successive week following good work from Surinder Saini.

Edgbaston reduced the arrears to set up a tense finale but Khalsa wrapped up the points with a late strike from Dharminder Hundal.

Khalsa followed up by producing, arguably, their best hockey of the season which was rewarded with a 4-0 success at Rugby on Sunday.

The visitors went ahead inside five minutes through Sean Robinson after good work by Jas Singh and Adie Betts.

Dharminder Hundal then released Jas Singh who rounded the keeper and flicked the ball into the roof of the net.

Khalsa strengthened their grip when hot-shot Gury Ghattuara scored his seventh goal in three games.

The visitors continued to create chances with some slick, free-flowing hockey but they managed only one more goal through Ghattuara after man of the match and midfield maestro Jay Nagra had done the spadework.

The 2nds, for who Sav Lall was outstanding, stormed to the top of the West Midlands League Premier Division table after beating neighbours Warwick 5-1.

Lall and Anit Cha both bagged doubles with Rev Hayer completing the impressive haul.

Khalsa 3rds were pipped 5-4 at Stone despite goals from Navdeep Singh Hayer, Harnaik Singh Hayer, Seetal Singh Sohal and Ravinder Singh Bharaj.

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