KHALSA Hockey Club’s first XI claimed victory at the weekend, but the same could not be said of their second and third string sides – who all tasted defeat.
The club’s first team travelled to Leek in Staffordshire, and from the start looked the more threatening side.
Alex Idoine saw an effort from a penalty corner cleared off the line, with it becoming evident that Leek’s experienced side would be a tough task to navigate.
Khalsa were patient with their play, but saw another Idoine chance from a penalty corner denied.
Gurminder Ghattaura’s shot from close-range flashed wide of the target, but the deadlock was eventually broken when a Khalsa tackle in defence allowed Jack Durden to stride forward, bringing the Leek keeper out before teeing up Idoine to stroke into the net.
That was the last action of the first-half, and it allowed Khalsa to keep pressing for a second goal.
Leek began to commit more numbers forward, but their efforts were often fruitless as Khalsa proceeded to counter-attack them on a regular basis.
Elliot Rider had to remain switched on to make a diving save to deny Leek from a penalty corner, as the game became more stretched.
A move started by Joe Colantonio allowed the midfielder to pick out Sav Lall in the circle, who noticed the keeper was out of position and cleverly deflected the ball towards the net to double Khalsa’s lead.
Despite the best efforts of Leek to issue a response, they could not find a way past the Khalsa rearguard – who ensured victory, a clean sheet and all three points were claimed.
The first XI are back in action next week, when they face Barton.
Khalsa’s second string were on the end of a thrashing by Stone, despite going into the game full of confidence.
Stone eventually broke their rearguard and led 3-0 at half-time.
Even after fighting to get back into the contest, Stone continued to add to their score.
To Khalsa’s credit though, they netted twice from Alex Murdoch’s drag flick and Nav Hayer’s tap-in to narrow the deficit.
Stone then added two more to their tally to end any hope of a comeback and end the scoring.
Meanwhile, Khalsa 3rds lost 6-0 to Atherstone Adders 2nds, a defeat which was made more respectable thanks to some great stops by goalkeeper Keith Distin.
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