October 25th, 2016

Khalsa move up to fourth after back-to-back wins

Updated: 4:09 pm, Oct 15, 2015

BACK-to-back victories over a busy weekend have helped push Khalsa up to fourth in the Midland Premier League table.

On Saturday they came away from West Bridgford with a point following an entertaining 3-3 draw and the following day they claimed local bragging rights after defeating Rugby & East Warwickshire.

The weekend could not have got off to the worst possible start for Khalsa after they went two goals behind at West Bridgford.

The first came following a poor pass back from Aaron Nagra and the second came courtesy of a well-worked short corner routine.

Khalsa reacted well with a string of short and sharp passes as they grew into the game and the visitors eventually pulled a goal back through Ben Scott’s first goal for the club.

After the break Jay Nagra and Sean Robinson worked hard in the defence along with Ben Stephenson who helped shut out West Bridgford’s counter attacks.

Sav Lall levelled the scoreline with a cool finish from a rebound shot from Dave Harris and from then on there was only going to be one outcome.

Khalsa were now on top but they fell behind for the second time of the match when Elliot Rider was helpless to concede a third foal.

However with five minutes remaining Stuart Gooderham combined well with Jas Singh and he set up Gurminder Ghattaura to tap home from close range and earn Khalsa a share of the spoils.

Khalsa were back in action on Sunday when they hosts rivals Rugby in the first local derby of the season.

Rugby had lost their previous four matches and the warning signs were there early on but Dave Harris was denied by the post.

The deadlock was broken however soon after. Aaron Nagra had already had an earlier attempt disallowed but he managed to get on the scoresheet with a long range effort.

With a goal under their belt, Khalsa started to work the ball well with Jo Colantonio, Jack Wells and Ben Scott linking well to make the opposition midfield work hard.

Mandeep Sandhar doubled Khalsa’s league just before the break after being picked out by Jas Singh who drew off the attention of the defender and slipped the ball to Sandhar who coolly passed the ball past the keeper.

Rugby’s first chance of the game fell mid-way through the second half but keeper Rider made an excellent save to initiate a counter that was put agonisingly wide by Amritpal Atwal.

Stuart Gooderham came close after rounding the keeper, only for him to be fouled before putting the ball in the net.

Khalsa finally sealed the match and all three points from another well worked short corner routine finding Gurminder Ghattaura open and smashing the ball into the net.

Khalsa are next in action this weekend when they play host to Leek (12.30pm).