Khalsa overcame a mighty hurdle to get their name into the fourth round draw of the FA Vase, overcoming Heanor Town in a typically hard-fought encounters.
Also the two sides no longer play in the same league, the clubs have a history of exciting clashes from years gone by.
This was to prove no exception on a misty day on a pitch which had been battered by a week of Derbyshire elements.
The home side came within a whisker of an opener in the first thirty seconds, Kyle Daley fired over the bar and then shortly afterwards Max Thornberry volleyed Daley’s right-wing corner against the crossbar.
Khalsa shook themselves out of their slumber sharpish, Sean Williams forcing Heanor keeper Jordan Pierrepont into a good save on 15 minutes. And seconds later Khalsa were ahead, Josh McKenzie flicking on to set free Gaz Singh who made no mistake to slot home first time.
The bewildering decision proved decisive. Hearnor equalised within minutes as Kieran Debrouwer, who seems to always score against Khalsa, smashed home a fine effort from the edge of the box after a Daley corner was cleared to him.
After working to establish their dominance, Khalsa were disappointed to go into the break under the cosh and without a scoreline advantage.
They came out determined to put that right. And it was Singh once again who stepped up, lashing home an effort on 49 minutes to off the body of Pierrepont.
Six minutes later and Khalsa were 3-1 up, skipper Tes Robinson heading home after brilliant work by Singh to keep a lost cause alive and tee up Williams for the perfect delivery.
The game looked pretty much won with Khalsa comfortably keeping their opposition at arm’s length for the next 20 minutes or so until a double substitution by Heanor shifted the balance yet again. With his second touch after arriving as sub Jon Jebbison took advantage of some sloppy defending to lob Sam Arnold and make it 3-2 on 67 minutes.
With the game back in the ‘all to play for’ mode, McKenzie produced a shot which Pierrepont saved well with his legs and seconds later McGrady swerved a shot wide. At the other end, Arnold produced a smart save to deny Jebbison as the crowd got behind their players in search of another equaliser.
McKenzie struck the post on 83 minutes, the rebound falling to substitute Mykel Beckley who was unable to convert. And Beckley had another chance seconds later which was also wasted. In stoppage time, the result was put beyond doubt, McGrady rounding Pierrepont and slotting home from an impossibly tight angle to spark huge celebrations in the visitors’ dug out and send Khalsa into Monday’s draw.