Khalsa’s women crash out of cup

Julie Stirrup - had a great game for Khalsa
Julie Stirrup – had a great game for Khalsa

Sporting Khalsa Women’s First Team were thrashed by Huddersfield Town Ladies last weekend to end yet another cup campaign.

After losing three weeks previous in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup to Chester-le-Street Ladies, the girls were then entered into the FA Women’s Premier League Plate.

Drawn against the Northern Division’s Huddersfield Town Ladies everyone at the club knew they were in for a tough fixture. Sporting Khalsa went behind from yet another early goal after Town’s Emily Heckler turned her defender with neat control, to then slotted past Toni Parkes in the Khalsa net.

Poor defending combined with tidy passing play from the visitors means Heckler was in on goal again, but she failed to convert her effort, dragging just past the Khalsa goal.

Khalsa were sluggish to start the first half and yet more neat interchangeable passing from the Yorkshire side meant Town’s number 20, Isabel Thomas, could sneak past the home teams back line to control and then slot past Parkes.

As the first half progressed Khalsa grew in confidence. After a great intercepting challenge from Julie Stirrup, a nice cross field ball was played to Lyndsey Glover who produced a nice cros

Toni Parkes - voted opposition player of the match after a series of good saves
Toni Parkes – voted opposition player of the match after a series of good saves

s, which then allowed Toran Kelly to poke the ball home from close range under Lauren Santoro in the Huddersfield net. After a nice attack by Khalsa, the ball broke down and found the energetic Katie Mallin who then beat her defender, produced the cross, which appeared the strike the hand of Isabel Thomas. Khalsa didn’t play to the whistle and Town struck again with Heckler, while Khalsa were stood waiting for a foul that never came.

As the second half got underway, Khalsa were yet again slow out of the blocks. Loose passing lead to Huddersfield stealing the ball, to then play a powerful ball to Katie Mallin who just managed to sneak the ball past Toni Parkes after she got a hand to the initial shot.

As heads started to go down in the Sporting camp, Mallin was yet again involved in the visitors fifth goal, playing a great cross which caused confusion in the Khalsa defence, allowing Emily Heckler to grab her second of the game from inside the six-yard box.

After getting injured while challenging for the ball for Khalsa’s first goal, Toran Kelly then struggled to get back into the game. However, this didn’t stop her powering through and then eventually being able to pounce on the end of a nice move between Becky Knight and Julie Stirrup. Kelly managed to control the ball which took a slight bobble right in front of her feet to cooly slot past the Huddersfield Town Keeper.

As legs started to tire, Katie Halligan ran past three Khalsa defenders and was taken down just outside of the box. As both teams failed to play to the whistle, Mallin seized an opportunity to slide the ball past Toni Parkes again for the visitors sixth and final goal.

After a slow start, Khalsa did show quality at times, but true power and classiness of the higher ranked opposition showed in the end as they progressed into the next round of the FA Women’s Premier League Plate.

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After a poor result for the senior Khalsa Women, the Youth Team’s had a much better start to their seasons.

The under 18’s winning their opening fixture 5-0 at home to Coundon Court Girls, and the under 16’s winning their first two games 3-1 and 4-0 against Derby County Ladies and Leicester City Development respectively. Both the reserves and first team have a busy calendar for the coming weeks.

The senior reserves are hosting Derby County Ladies this weekend, followed by an away trip to Leicester City Ladies and then Stoke City Ladies the following week.

Meanwhile, the first team will play five games in the next three weeks, notably away at the league’s second placed team, Wolverhampton Wanders on the 23rd of October. With such an ample amount of games both teams will be drawing on support from the local community to spur them on.

Khalsa’s reserves are still looking for an assistant manager and coach. Our games are on Sunday afternoons and our training sessions on Tuesday evenings. The candidate should be/have; a minimum of FA Level 2 in Coaching Football or working towards with experience, be committed and enthusiastic about developing the players
within the club and helping them to progress and succeed at this level, Ideally have experience within Women’s Football and a clean DBS Check.