October 22nd, 2016

Big victory for Leamington Khalsa at North Stafford

Khalsa travelled to North Stafford on Saturday in cold conditions and an early start and the visitors started well with some early pressure on the hosts.

But they were hit on the counter attack that allowed North Stafford to win a penalty corner and an unfortunate effort to save the ball on the line from Sean Robinson was penalised with a penalty stroke, which was converted.

The visitors seemed unphased despite going a goal down and they replied in appropriate fashion with an Alex Idoine cross finding Steve Davison who was able to strike the ball home with a reverse shot to level the scores.

A quick second goal courtesy of a rebound from an Aaron Nagra short corner found Jas Singh who was able to nutmeg the goalkeeper and give Khalsa the lead for the first time in the match.

Khalsa continued to press forward but clear cut chances were becoming scarce. Idoine’s reverse shot effort was kept out coolly by the Stafford keeper, while at the other end Elliot Rider in the Khalsa goal denied North Stafford a chance to equalise with several successive saves.

Just before the break Ben Scott sent a shot towards goal which was agonisingly close from the top of the circle but it grazed the wrong side of the post.

After the break, Khalsa pressed more aggressively and were rewarded with a thunderous reverse stick strike into the top corner from Stuart Gooderham.

Now with a two-goal cushion, the visitors gained momentum and Amritpal Atwal came close but a last ditch tackle from the Stafford defence sent his shot wayward.

A fourth goal eventually came when Alex Idoine converted from a direct flick from the short corner stop and this was soon followed by a slick move between Ben Scott and Chris Darling, with the latter deflecting the ball into the roof of the net.

David Harris added to the tally with a tidy finish into the bottom corner followed by Steve Davison doubling his tally with another sublime touch to deflect the ball into the goal.

Now cruising, Khalsa demonstrated some expansive hockey with Gurminder Ghattaura being denied by the post but there was still time for Idoine to double his tally and David Harris got on the score to round-up a comfortable win.

This Saturday Khalsa face Harborne.