10th Dec, 2019

Khalsa's narrow victory over Lichfield secures third spot

Craig Gibbons 30th Mar, 2018

KHALSA secured third spot in the Midlands Premier Division with a narrow 4-3 success at Lichfield.

The visitors created an early chance from a penalty corner but David Harris’ effort was well saved.

Lichfield were the first to draw blood from a penalty corner which was expertly dispatched into the bottom corner leaving keeper Kiran Kular no chance.

A piercing run from defence by captain Aaron Nagra allowed Savhan Lall space to continue carrying the ball after a clever pass from the former.

Lall then crossed the ball into the circle for Harris to slide in and deflect the ball into the roof of the net to equalise.

Khalsa then enjoyed some good passage of play, spreading the ball well between Stuart Colegate, Scott Angliss and Sean Robinson.

However, Lichfield capitalised on a misplaced pass to restore their lead.

Alex Idoine’s scintillating stick skills were too much for the Lichfield defence and unselfishly passed the ball to Harris for a calm finish past the keeper to take both teams into the break level.

After the break Khalsa continued pressing forward, being rewarded with a number of chances but an in-form Lichfield keeper denied efforts from Lall, Gurminder Ghattaura and Anit Chudasama.

A well worked penalty corner routine for Khalsa took them in front for the first time in the game when Harris turned provider for Ghattaura to tap in at the back post.

Lichfield continued pressing forward in search of an equaliser and were rewarded after a crash ball into the Khalsa circle found an unmarked man at the back post for a simple tap in.

Chudasama, Jack Wells and Joe Colantonio worked tirelessly in the midfield line creating a number of forward runs overloading the Lichfield defence.

Chudasama’s composure and vision in the middle of the park found Lall unmarked in the circle.

A clever touch from Lall committed the keeper only for the ball to find Wells to smash the ball into the net to make it 4-3 and secure all three points for Khalsa.

Khalsa 2s entertained Cannock 2s on the last day of the season knowing a win would ensure safety in the Warwick Printing Midlands Premier Second Team League for another season.

Khalsa started strongly against a youthful Cannock side and were dominant throughout the game with the backline of the keeper Keith Distin, defenders Joe Bostock, old man Adie Betts, Ben Burton and Ray Hung restricting the visitors to no chances at goal.

Adam Pulman scored a hat-trick with one each Jas Singh, Jonno Sparkes and Amrit to give a final score of 6-0.

Khalsa 3s thumped Coventry & North Warwickshire 10-0 while the 4s enjoyed an 8-2 victory over Bromsgrove 5s.

Meanwhile, Khalsa’s over-40s bowed out of the England Hockey Trophy at the semi-final stage after being edged out 1-0 by Cantebury.

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