HOCKEY: KHALSA dropped to second in the Midlands Premier Division after losing to Staffordshire side Leek.
Leek, currently mid-table, stopped any hopes of Khalsa’s maintaining their lead at the top of the league as a depleted Khalsa squad struggled to make any impression on the hosts.
Though missing players, Khalsa made the brighter start when a pin point pass from Sean Robinson found Amritpal Atwal in the circle, but a poor touch saw Khalsa’s first chance of the game go begging.
Leek responded with a chance of their own from a break, but keeper Elliot Rider did well to save the chance.
The hosts broke the deadlock on 15 minutes when a penalty corner found its way into the bottom corner.
Scott Angliss was called into action when he cleared a ball off the goalline moments after Leek’s opening marker.
Gurminder Ghattaura then failed to take advantage of some strong build up play from Joe Colantonio and Jack Wells as his close range effort went wide.
But pressure eventually told when Khalsa equalised ten minutes following the break when a corner was converted by Nagra.
The goal provided Khalsa with a boost as several further chances presented themselves to the visiting side, none of which were taken.
Leek soon punished Khalsa as a penalty corner ten minutes from time was initially stopped on the line, before the follow up effort was lifted into the top of the net.
A late effort from Ghattaura was stopped as Leek forced a late minute challenge on Khalsa’s forward as the game ended 2-1.
Khalsa play Loughborough Town next week.
Khalsa’s second team suffered a similar loss to the first team as they faced Nottingham University.
The goal-fest game will be one Khalsa left frustrated by as University opened up an early two-goal lead following defensive errors.
Nottingham’s two-goal lead soon turned to four goals, but a change of formation prompted Khalsa to half the deficit when Adam Pulman struck twice in a short space of time.
Pulman sealed his hat-trick before half time as Khalsa trailed 3-4.
Efforts to find an equalising goal were stopped when Nottingham struck for a fifth time before Josh Pennington’s strike made it 4-5.
A reverse shot saw Nottingham make it six. But – still chasing the game – Khalsa came within a goal once more when Pulman’s strike took a deflection.
That was to be the last laugh Khalsa had though as the game ended 5-6.