Aggressive tactics haunt Khalsa against Stourport - The Leamington Observer

Aggressive tactics haunt Khalsa against Stourport

Leamington Editorial 28th Nov, 2017   0

HOCKEY: AN attacking mindset came back to haunt Khalsa as Stourport hit a late goal to claim all three league points.

A good opening spell for Khalsa created a short corner, but David Harris was unable to convert as the home side’s keeper made a strong save.

Solid defensive work from Stuart Colegate, Chris Darling, Ben Stephenson, and Scott Angliss kept the opposition forwards at bay.

Stourport were able to counter attack though when a loose pass in the midfield allowed them to press down the right flank.

A penalty stroke was awarded when Stourport’s forward was brought down, and they made no mistake in converting to take the lead as Elliot Rider was helpless in keeping the ball out.

Khalsa maintained a high amount of ball possession but were unable to create any clear cut chances in the remainder of the half.

After the interval, a re-vitalised Khalsa started the second half well – winning a penalty corner early on.

But the visitors were frustrated further when Alex Idoine’s effort was cleared off the line.

Desperate measures led to Stourport countering again, and they made no mistake in converting a simple back door tap-in to claim all three points.

Khalsa face Worcester next week.

2nd XI

Khalsa’s second team lost 5-1 at home to a strong Loughborough University side, who moved up to second in the league.

Poor passing and decision making in the first half by the home team was punished by the visiting students.

Khalsa were 4-0 down at the break, though played better hockey in the second half as they pegged a goal back through Alex Murdoch.

But the damage had already been done as Khalsa lost 5-1.

The youngsters travel to face Loughborough Town this weekend.

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