Long Eaton United vs Sporting Khalsa

MIDLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE

1

Long Eaton United

Draw

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Sporting Khalsa

Draw

  • Lee Chilton - 1 goal(s)
4th August 2018 | 3:00 pm
Grange Park (Long Eaton)

Recap

Sam Arnold – heroics earned Khalsa a point

Sam Arnold was the hero for Khalsa as his second half penalty save earned a hard-fought point on the road.

After being beaten by Long Eaton twice last season, Khalsa knew they were in for a battle on the opening day and so it proved.

Khalsa had the better of the opening exchanges, Alex Perry rattling the crossbar from range on 17 minutes and five minutes later Dave Meese forcing the home defence to block two separate shots.

The home side began to swing the momentum back, Long Eaton hitman David Kolodynski having a golden chance on 26 minutes.

Twelves minutes later, Long Eaton took the lead, Tom Gamblen firing an effort from outside the box past the Arnold and into the bottom right-hand corner.

Khalsa immediately set about setting the record straight, Josh Thomas almost wrapping up a good move on 43 minutes. But just before the half-time whistle, summer signing Lee Chilton grabbed his first for Khalsa, smashing a brilliant 25-yard free kick past Scott Low

The second half started with Khalsa carving a number of changes, the best of which saw Tony Clarke acrobatically put a corner wide of the post followed by a Tes Robinson header which bounced back off the woodwork.

Long Eaton’s chance to retake the lead came on 58 minutes when Robinson was judged to have fouled in the box and Zak Goodson, scorer of a hat-trick in the last meeting between the sides, hit a tame spot kick which Arnold kept out.

Ruben Higgins-Thomas had a great chance to head Long Eaton ahead with quarter of an hour to go but couldn’t get his header on target despite having plenty of time.

Despite some huffing and puffing in the final phases, neither side really caused much work for the keepers and a point seemed a fair result for both teams.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Vidal Hendrickson, Jonathan Haynes, Leon Miles, Tesfa Robinson (captain), Alex Perry, David Meese, Alex Woodhouse (Carlo Franco), Tony Clarke (Jay Holdcroft), Josh Thomas (Lee Butler), Lee Chilton. Subs not used: Dale Reaney, Garfield Robinson.

Man-of-the-match: Lee Chilton.

Sporting Khalsa fixtures 2018-19