Sporting Khalsa vs Rocester

Midland Football League


Sporting Khalsa


  • Mike Perks - 1 goal(s)
  • Dave Meese - 2 goal(s)
  • Mensah Kinch - 1 goal(s)



21st November 2015 | 3:00 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena


Dave Meese - his brace moves him into double figures for the season
Dave Meese – his brace moves him into double figures for the season

Two first-half goals by Dave Meese helped Khalsa to a ninth successive league win as they extracted a measure of revenge against Rocester after a recent Staffordshire Senior Cup defeat.

The home side didn’t have to wait long to take the lead, Meese scoring after just six minutes when he attempted to hook back a ball after good work from Tim Jackson and Craig Bannister which ended up going in off the crossbar.

Two minutes later a combination of comedy finishing, excellent goalkeeping and the woodwork ended up denying Marvin Nisbett, Meese and finally Bannister during an epic goalmouth scramble.

Worse was to come moments later when Joe Rogers headed wide from three yards out and then Tes Robinson forced a good save from Richard Froggatt.

The game settled down after Khalsa’s frantic start with only occasional Rocester excursions forward.

Matt Martin fired over from range on 25 minutes after fine work down the right from Mensah Kinch and six minutes later Nisbett found himself in acres of space in the penalty area but was unable to put his shot on target.

Meese doubled the lead just before half time, bravely challenging Froggatt to get a shot in and then scrambling to his feet before the keeper after the shot was blocked and turning it home for his tenth of the campaign.

Rocester enjoyed a bright spell at the start of the second half, taking the game to Khalsa before the momentum gradually swung back to the home side.

Liam Sowter hit a decent effort just over the bar on 50 minutes before Dan Brown dragged a shot well wide of Charlie Price’s goal after carving himself an opportunity five minutes later.

At the other end, a fine piece of skill by Kinch saw him leave Tom Fogg standing and whip in a right wing cross which reached Bannister whose acrobatic volley was well saved by Froggatt.

On 66 minutes Price produced a great save from Oliver Roome as Rocester fought to try and get back into the game.

But on 71 minutes the game was effectively killed off when Mike Perks finished cooly from close range after Tim Jackson’s corner was deflected into his path.

And then two minutes later Bannister’s magical defence splitting pass to Kinch saw the winger fire a shot past Froggatt and in at the near post for Kinch’s first league goal of the season.

Substitute Ben Hadley put in a great probing cross which just eluded Bannister on 86 minutes and in the dying moments Price ensured he kept his second clean sheet since his arrival with a great save from Callum Riddell deep into stoppage time.

Sporting Khalsa: Charlie Price; Carlo Franco, Tim Jackson, Joe Rogers (captain), Tes Robinson; Mike Perks (Michael Nelson), Dave Meese, Matt Martin, Marvin Nisbett (Ben Hadley), Mensah Kinch (Simeon Townsend); Craig Bannister.

Man of the match: Mike Perks

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