28th Oct, 2016

In-form Leamington Khalsa remain on target for promotion

Steve Carpenter 26th Jan, 2016 Updated: 3 hours ago

FOUR points from a double header against Khalsa and Rugby & East Warwickshire has pushed Leamington Khalsa up to second in the Midland Premier Division.

A busy weekend started with a trip to league leaders Leek on Saturday where Khalsa were denied all three points after being held to a 2-2 draw.

Alex Idoine came agonisingly close for the visitors with an early shot at goal which sailed wide of the post but Khalsa did go ahead from a converted short corner soon after.

Elliot Rider denied Leek a chance to pull back on level terms with a smart save before some excellent team play allowed Gurminder Ghattaura through on goal but his touch was wide of the mark.

Khalsa soaked up some heavy Leek pressure after the break but a soft short corner allowed the hosts to equalise.

An attacking period followed for the visitors with Steve Davision hitting the side netting before Ghattaura was brought down for a penalty corner which Ben Scott put away to put his side in front again.

But with five minutes remaining and with Leek going all out attack, the league leaders salvaged a point with a penalty corner flick into the roof of the net to deny Khalsa all three points.

The following day Khalsa looked to gain ground on Leek when they travelled to rivals Rugby and came close to opening the scoring but a last ditch tackle denied Jas Singh a clear shot on goal.

Khalsa were caught on the break soon after which allowed Rugby to go 1-0 in front but the visitors seemed unphased by the goal and a short corner strike by Ben Scott resulted in the equalising goal.

They went on to take the lead soon after when Gurminder Ghattaura’s quick thinking from a free hit allowed hm to cross for Jo Colantonio to tap home past the Rugby keeper.

Khalsa added a third goal thanks to a slick routine from a short corner which allowed Jack Wells to put the ball away into the bottom corner.

After the break Khalsa continued where they left off with Amritpal Atwal forcing the Rugby keeper into a fine save and a late tackle denied Gooderham the chance to score a fourth goal but there was no further breakthrough as Khalsa claimed all three points.

There was also good new for the second team who came from behind to beat Leek 3-1 thanks to goals from Adrian Betts (2) and Ben Burton.

It proved to be a busy weekend for the third team who drew 1-1 against Leicester Westleigh before thumping Nottingham 6-0.

And the fourth team recorded an emphatic 8-0 win over Bromsgrove with both Parminder and Harpreet Singh bagged a brace each.