Khalsa’s nine-match unbeaten start to the league season came to a juddering halt with a disappointing performance at second-placed Long Eaton.
The home side were undeniably good value for the win but Khalsa will look at a handful of key moments when the opportunity knocked to turn the tide of the match but were not seized.
Long Eaton took the lead on seven minutes, Kameron Campbell latching onto a fine through ball down the right wing and placing the ball inside the near post.
The first moment of opportunity came two minutes later, a brilliant cross by Liam Armstrong into the box found Tes Robinson still forward from a corner and what is normally routine stuff for him was fluffed and the header put wide.
Jake Gosling put a shot just wide on 19 minutes and six minutes later curled a corner directly onto the crossbar.
On 31 minutes a brilliant Sam Arnold save kept the score-line at 1-0, Campbell’s cross finding James Taylor whose goal-bound effort was deflected over by the Khalsa keeper’s gloved hand.
Long Eaton almost doubled their lead just after the break, Kieran Walker’s long throw in caused mayhem in the box before falling to Romaine Graham who put his shot just wide. The home side continued to turn the screw, Jamie Walker hitting a shot into the side netting on 54 minutes.
With the home side making a good fist of stifling Khalsa’s attacking intent, the visitors moved to a more attacking formation in search of the equaliser.
On 85 minutes Walker won a flick from Askew’s goal kick, sending Taylor surging on goal but makeshift centre half Mike Perks kept pace and forced the player to fire wide.
Two minutes into stoppage time, substitute Mitchell Robinson found himself in space in the box and collected a Campbell pass to fire home to make it 2-0.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Sean Williams, Lewis Worsey (Josh Thomas), Tes Robinson (captain), Matt Fulloway, Mike Perks, Kieron Whittaker (Gaz Singh), Liam Armstrong, Jake Gosling, James McGrady, Rikardo Reid (Lee Chilton). Subs not used: Adnan Yusiff, Dan Okojie.