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Khalsa pressing for top three finish

Leamington Editorial 18th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

KHALSA still have their eyes set on finishing second in the Midland Hockey League Premier Division thanks to a comfortable 4-1 away victory which consigned Northampton Saints to relegation.

Despite sitting fourth from bottom it was the home side who started most aggressively and they forced Elliot Rider into a smart save from a short corner.

Saints worked hard not to allow Khalsa to build any momentum and continued to threaten but with no success.

They were given a helping hand when Khalsa were reduced to ten men for the remainder of the game 15 minutes into the first half after a poorly timed challenge from Alex Iodine.

But they still managed to go in front shortly before the break thanks to Aaron Nagra who dispatched a shot into the top corner of the net after Stuart Gooderham had won a short corner.

Northampton Saints enjoyed good spells of possession after the re-start however they were limited to threatening the goal with some solid defending from Ben Stephenson, Scott Angliss and Sean Robinson.

Instead it was Khalsa who doubled their advantage. Gooderham did well to deliver and inch-perfect ball to the far post which was slotted home by Joe Colantonio.

Colantonio turned provider soon after with possibly the best pass of the match just over the half way line which put Gurminder Singh Ghattaura clean through on goal and he beat the oncoming goalkeeper to make it 3-0 to Khalsa.

Anit Chudasama linked well with Wells in the circle to win a short corner that was put into the opposite corner of the roof of the net from Nagra with five minutes remaining.

And the hosts scored a what proved to be little more than a consolation goal late on as Khalsa secured back-to-back wins.

Up next is a home clash against Nottingham University.

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