A perfect Sunday for Khalsa’s women

Lauren Walker - a goal in each half.
Lauren Walker – a goal in each half.

Both the first team and development squad at Sporting Khalsa Women picked up maximum points with impressive victories.

Over at the Aspray Arena, the first team were looking to get their first points of the season on the board.

A good start from the away team, Radcliffe Olympic Ladies, lead to a fantastic save from Toni Parkes.

Khalsa were sloppy with possession which meant Radcliffe could quickly break away, with a chipped effort being tipped onto the crossbar and over by the Khalsa ‘keeper.

After Parkes’ heroics, a corner ensued. Poor defending lead to an early headed goal for the visitors.

It did not take Khalsa long to respond. After winning back possession after a loose Radcliffe ball, Lauren Walker carried the ball twenty yards to shoot from the edge of the D, producing a lovely curling effort that sneaked passed the oppositions goalkeeper.

Now on level terms, Khalsa weren’t letting this one out of their grasp. After neat build up play in the oppositions half Sporting won a corner. A great delivery from the left hand side by Kyrie Ball allowed Megan Wilton to rise highest and produce a powerful header that the Radcliffe goalkeeper could not keep out.

Kyrie Ball - produced great crosses throughout the game
Kyrie Ball – produced great crosses throughout the game

An energetic first half from both teams ended with Khalsa 2-1 to the good.

Khalsa opened the second half brightly, looking to kill the game off with multiple attacks, but none coming to fruition. Eagle eyed refereeing spotted shirt tugging in the box on Jodie Lewis and Khalsa were awarded a penalty.

After Lewis missed her penalty away at Loughborough Foxes on the opening day, up stepped Becky Knight. However, her spot kick was also missed, slamming against the bar. Luckily for Khalsa, Julie Stirrup was on hand to convert the rebound. Her shot also slammed against the bar, then just over the line and back into play which was contested by the away team, but can clearly be seen over the line in video replays.

Radcliffe were now resorting to long-range efforts and another fine save from Toni Parkes kept them out. After a quick Khalsa free kick, the ball was passed to Lauren Walker who produced a carbon copy of her first half goal, sliding past one defender to then calmly placing the ball over the oppositions keeper.

As Olympic finished the second half strongly, Khalsa’s back three stood firm, only allowing them only to produce un-troubling shots from range.

Watch highlights here.

Khalsa Women’s Reserve team also bagged three points on Sunday. Against strong opposition in West Bromwich Albion Ladies Reserves, Khalsa proved their resilience winning 3-0.

The reserves now rise up to third in the table, only behind Leicester City Ladies and Derby County Ladies on goal difference. The reserves now have a week off to recover and hopefully carry on their winning streak away at sixth placed Stoke City Ladies.

The first team don’t have the luxury of time off, and have a lengthy trip away at Ellsmere based The New Saints this Thursday, then away at Rotherham United ladies on Saturday 18 September.

In other Khalsa Women news, the under 16 and under 18’s squads are still looking for another couple of additions to bolster their numbers. Central Warwickshire Girls and Women Premier Divisions.

The new season kicks off on the weekend of September 17 against Derby County Ladies and Coundon Court Ladies respectively. The reserves team are also still looking for an assistant manager/coach for the 2015-16 season.

For more information about both subjects, please contact Kelly on 07456763236.