Another exciting and action-packed season reaches a conclusion on Monday May 13 at the home of the West Midlands’ top-ranked football club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Sporting Khalsa and Highgate United do battle in the final of the JW Hunt Cup (kick off 7.30pm).
While Khalsa finished in third place in the Midland Football League and Highgate 14th – positions both clubs will feel a sense of disappointment with – their two meetings in the league produced very different results.
Way back in early August, Highgate came to the Aspray Arena and gave what many felt was a statement of intent, playing the home side off the park in an impressive 2-0 victory. But by the time March’s return game rolled round, Highgate’s season had taken a turn for the worse and Khalsa enjoyed a 3-0 win thanks to goals by Mykel Beckley, Mensah Kinch and Dave Meese in a bizarre game that saw four Highgate players dismissed.
Both sides have players in the top scorers charts. Lei Brown, always troubling the end-of-season lists, has grabbed 23 for Highgate while Khalsa had three players in the top 15, Dan Westwood (22), Jay Holdcroft (17) and Lee Chilton (17).
Khalsa are one-time winners of the JW Hunt Cup, beating Wolverhampton Sporting Community at the Molineux 3-2 back in May 2016.
Notably, Highgate have reached the final of the competition scoring a single goal in open play. In two of their games (against Old Wulfrunians and Atherstone) they have won on penalties after goalless draws. Only Jordan Calum Goddard’s 88th minute winner at Wellington Amateurs can be classed as an actual goal.
Khalsa, meanwhile, have had the good fortune of three home ties before the semi-final on neutral territory. They had to get past Wren’s Nest (10-1), Lichfield City (2-0), and AFC Wulfrunians (1-1 and 7-6 on penalties) before overcoming Tividale in the semi-final 2-1 last week at Castlecroft.
Route to the final:
HIGHGATE: Old Wulfrunians (a) 0-0 (won 6-7 on penalties); Wellington Amateurs (a) 0-1; Atherstone 0-0 (4-3 on penalties.
KHALSA: Wrens Nest (h) 10-1; Lichfield City (h) 2-0, AFC Wulfrunians 1-1 (won 7-6 on penalties); Tividale 2-1.
Admission is £5 for adults, £3 concessions and the official match day programme, provided by the brilliant 353 Photography is just £1. I’m sure you don’t need directions to the Molineux, but here they are just in case.