Sporting Khalsa vs Shepshed Dynamo

Total Motion Midland Football League

2

Sporting Khalsa

Win

  • Brad Lawley - 1 goal(s)
  • Marvin Nisbett - 1 goal(s)
1

Shepshed Dynamo

Loss

20th February 2016 | 3:00 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena

Recap

Marvin Nisbett - opened the scoring with a cool finish
Marvin Nisbett – opened the scoring with a cool finish

Ian Rowe’s men got back to winning ways after a disappointing slump in form, to leapfrog the visitors into fourth place in the Midland Football League.

A significant shake-up of the starting line up saw Mihai Gherasim and John Hill making their debuts for Khalsa, while Simeon Townsend, Mensah Kinch, Matt Martin and Brad Lawley all made their way into the starting eleven.

The opening 45 minutes were the best from Khalsa in many weeks.

Simeon Townsend – a bustling and physical presence up front – was almost the architect of an opener on six minutes, bursting down the left and feeding Lawley, only for Dynamo’s defence to join forces and charge the shot down.

Lawley forced Dynamo keeper Jack Dury into action a few minutes later as Khalsa continued their bright start.

On 23 minutes, Michael Reeves fired a warning shot against the run of play, bursting through onto a perfectly weighted through ball and pulling a shot just wide of Gherasim’s far post.

Five minutes later a dangerous effort by Marvin Nisbett at the other end was charged down and from the resulting corner Townsend was just unable to provide the necessary touch to score from close ranger.

Khalsa broke the deadlock on 37 minutes, Nisbett charging through onto a long pass and finishing in style.

The lead was doubled two minutes later, Lawley lashing home after Nisbett’s right-wing cross was only partially cleared. Just before the break, Gherasim made a fine save to deny Matt Langham who had twisted and turned in the area to carve himself a shooting opportunity.

Shepshed were a different side in the second half, buoyed on by their ever exuberant and passionate following. Carlo Franco did well on 49 minutes to deny the impressive Liam Read what would have been a very dangerous opportunity as Dynamo stepped up their game.

On 52 minutes they pulled one back, an absolute piledriver of an effort from range by Sam Craven flying into the top corner, the excellence of the strike perhaps covering up some sloppy defending by Khalsa.

Nisbett had the chance to relieve some pressure on 63 minutes, bursting through, avoiding a tackle that would surely have been a red card had he gone down, only to have his shot saved by Dury.

On 73 minutes, a deliberate handball to stop a goalbound effort by Dave Meese resulted in a penalty, only for Dury to pull off a quite excellent stop to keep out Meese’s effort.

From there, it was a case of Khalsa holding firm, despite the best efforts of Shepshed.

Read was a constant menace down the left and Franco had to be on his guard, particularly with a superb break on 83 minutes which saw Read dance through three players before the break petered out.

Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton; Carlo Franco, Tim Jackson, John Hill, Tes Robinson (Captain); Brad Lawley (Nicky Campbell), Matt Martin, Dave Meese (Lee Wherton), Mensah Kinch; Marvin Nisbett, Simeon Townsend (Marvin Robinson).

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