28th Oct, 2016

Leamington Khalsa remain top after taking four points from six

Steve Carpenter 24th Feb, 2016 Updated: 13 hours ago

KHALSA remain top of the Midland Premier Division after collecting four points from a possible six after back-to-back home matches against fellow title challengers Belper and Nottingham University.

The weekend began with a difficult home clash against Belper but it was the home side who came out on top 2-0 on Saturday.

Keeper Elliot Rider had to be alert to deny the visitors an early sight at goal before a well worked move set up Stuart Gooderham but his effort went wide of goal.

The breakthrough came courtesy of a short corner which was converted into the back of the net by Aaron Nagra and Khalsa continued to create chances with Gurminder Ghattaura testing the visiting goalkeeper and David Harris sliced an effort wide of goal.

In the second half Khalsa continued to attack aggressively and were rewarded with an early short corner but Chris Darling was unable to steer the ball on target.

At the other Rider had to be alert to deny Belper a goal on the break but Khalsa responded well and a neat move led to a short corner from which Aaron Nagra stepped up to hit a shot at goal but his effort was stopped illegally on the line.

The referee awarded Khalsa a penalty stroke and Ben Scott kept his cool to double Khalsa’s lead and the hosts defended well to claim three much-needed points.

On Sunday Khalsa were back in action again and this time they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Nottingham University.

Despite the visitors dominating possession early on, it was Khalsa who created the first chance with Gooderham striking a reverse stick effort wide of goal.

Rider produced a superb one-handed save to keep Nottingham at bay and Jay Nagra caused problems after coming on for Ben Scott but it remained goalless at the break.

Both teams pushed for the opening goal after the re-start and it came after Gooderham was denied a shooting opportunity inside the area and David Harris stepped up to fire home the resultant penalty stroke.

A deflected goal got Nottingham back on level terms and the goal spurred the visitors on to score a second from a counter attack as they took the lead for the first time in the match.

Khalsa were awarded another penalty stroke which this time Harris hit against the upright however after shifting to a more attacking formation, Gooderham did well to cross into the area and Harris was on-hand to fire home the equaliser.

This Saturday Khalsa are back in action when they face Barford Tigers.