A FULL strength Khalsa side thumped North Stafford 9-2 in the Midland Hockey League Premier Division to move three points away from the top three.
Khalsa enjoyed a blistering start, winning an early short corner in the opening minutes which Aaron Nagra dispatched into the top corner to open the scoring.
Gurminder Ghattaura scored a quick second goal with a superb reverse stick strike into the bottom corner and this was followed by a well worked move involving Alex Iodine and Jas Singh who combined to set up Anit Chudasama for the third.
Three goals inside the opening ten minutes allowed the hosts to enter cruise control and they were punished accordingly by conceding a soft goal which was soon followed by a second to make it 3-2.
Keeper Elliot Rider had to produce an outstanding save to deny North Stafford an equaliser which alerted Khalsa and Iodine gave his side some breathing space by scoring a fourth after a neat one-two with Sean Robinson.
Ghattaura doubled his tally from the penalty spot with a precise flick into the side netting and Chudasama also doubled his tally after an initial shot from Jas Singh was saved but Chudasama slotted home with a cool finish.
Ben Stephenson and Scott Angliss denied North Stafford any opportunity in the opening seconds of the second half and the visitors allowed Stephenson and Robinson to creep further forward as the half progressed.
Chris Darling’s introduction into defence allowed a more direct threat to Stafford eventually allowing Chudasama to complete his hat-trick with a well executed shot at goal.
Savhan Lall’s intelligent movement between the defenders allowed a perfectly weighted pass from Scott Angliss for a shot at goal into the corner to get him on the score sheet.
But the pick of the goals came from a solo effort from Stuart Gooderham who produced a 60 yard sprint with the ball to leave his markers for dead and a dummy run by Robinson allowed Gooderham to round the keeper and slot the ball home for Khalsa’s ninth and final goal of the game
Khalsa are next in action when they travel to Northampton Saints this Saturday.