Darlaston Town vs Sporting Khalsa



Darlaston Town



Sporting Khalsa


10th July 2018 | 8:00 pm
RSA Academy Tipton


Welcome back, Johnny Haynes!

Khalsa kicked off their preseason campaign with a 3-0 win over West Midlands Regional League Division One outfit Darlaston Town.

The twenty-plus players used by Khalsa assistant manager Ross Miller included a mixture of familiar faces, new signings and trialists on the artificial surface at Tipton’s RSA Academy.

Five of the new arrivals so far – Ryan Pratt, Rico Taylor, Garfield Robinson, Alex Perry and Tony Clarke in the game which was split into 30-minute thirds.

The first third was a high-tempo but goalless affair, Khalsa coming closest to taking the lead when the ball pinballed around the box before bouncing off the crossbar.

The arrival of fullback Johnny Haynes after a long-term injury lay-off gave Khalsa a lift in the second period and it was Haynes who set up the opener, doing the damage down the left flank to enable on of the trialists involved to slot home.

At the other end, 16-year-old goalkeeper Pratt atoned for a slightly rash lurch out of the penalty area by making up ground and blocking a goal-bound effort in unorthodox fashion.

It was in the final of the thirds that Khalsa really began to catch something approaching their stride with some high tempo passing causing Darlaston all sorts of trouble.

The trialist doubled his tally soon after the start of the third period before Clarke wrapped up the scoring shortly before the final whistle.

Khalsa now move on to Saturday’s home fixture, the official reopening of the Aspray Arena with Southern League Premier champions Hereford FC the guests (kick off 3pm).

Sporting Khalsa fixtures 2018-19