Preview: South Normanton v Sporting Khalsa

September’s 4-2 win by Khalsa over South Normanton Athletic thanks to a Dan Westwood hat-trick was important in two ways. First, at the third time of asking, it saw Khalsa record a win over the Derbyshire side. But it also saw South Normanton, at that stage of the season pointless and rock bottom, begin a journey that has seen them recover significantly to a much healthier 18th place with a number of impressive results.

South Normanton have, admittedly, struggled with consistency. An eyebrow raising Boxing Day 3-0 win against leaders Ilkeston Town was followed by a 3-0 win against fellow strugglers Dunkirk. But since then it’s been a 1-1 draw with AFC Wulfrunians and three successive defeats against Dunkirk (in a quick return), Worcester City and Quorn.

Goals have not been easy for South Normanton to come by. Top scorer Dylan Grant has six followed by John King with five.

Previous meetings


Sporting Khalsa 2 South Normanton 2 (Dave Meese, Craig Bannister)

South Normanton 4 Sporting Khalsa 2 (Dave Meese, Jay Holdcroft)

Away support on the long trip is, as ever, appreciated, especially ahead of the huge cup fixture with Sholing on Saturday in the FA Vase. Lees Lane is a rather picturesque spot and the ground wonderfully old-fashioned and friendly. To find out more about South Normanton visit their website or use the map below.

First team fixtures 2018-19