Khalsa fought to a disjointed but welcome victory over Coventry Sphinx to move back up to fourth in the Midland Football League.
With Sphinx playing their midweek home games on Mondays, there were some weary legs all over the pitch.
Despite this, the early phases of the game in particular were played at a high tempo, with Chad Birch forcing the Sphinx keeper Steve Brook into action on two minutes before James Pemberton had to be on guard at the other end three minutes later to deny Mitch Thomson.
Craig Bannister put Khalsa ahead on 14 minutes, his decision to let someone else take a free kick from 20 yards receiving loud protests from manager Ian Rowe in the dugout meaning Bannister returned to take the set piece and duly curled it past Brook.
The second half saw Sphinx up the ante and press for an equaliser but it was only a 65th minute effort by Thomson – that he should really have done better with – that really troubled the keeper.
Bannister – who himself had good chances in the second half – finally put the game to bed on 73 minutes, bundling home after great work by substitute Simeon Townsend down the right.
And five minutes later Townsend grabbed a goal himself, keeper Brook slipping while taking a goal kick leaving the striker the easiest of tasks to fire home from the one-on-one and wrap the game up.
Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton, Tim Jackson (Carlo Franco), John Hill, Joe Rogers, Tes Robinson, Matt Martin, Dave Meese, Lee Wherton, Marvin Nisbett (Mikey Nelson), Chad Birch, Craig Bannister (Simeon Townsend). Subs not used: Brad Lawley, Nicky Campbell.