Khalsa suffered defeat in the snow at Long Eaton, despite fighting back from two goals down. A sublime hat-trick by Long Eaton’s young striker Zak Goodson was effectively the cause of Khalsa’s downfall.
Goals by Goodson in the first half – first a low effort from range on 21 minutes and then a brilliant pieces of trickery to beat two defenders and curl home on 32 minutes – had Khalsa reeling in the first half.
Six minutes later and Khalsa were level, Liam Holt was pulled down in the box and up stepped Mykel Beckley to convert. On 59 minutes Beckley had a brilliant chance to put the visitors ahead but skied a good opportunity.
The loss of Thomas to injury hindered Khalsa’s momentum and two late goals for the home side in the last ten minutes sealed their fate. On 81 minutes Goodson produced a great finish to put the home side ahead once again and on 90 minutes substitute Jack Duffy wrapped up the win.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Luke Adams, Dan Lomas (Mensah Kinch), Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Woodhouse, Mykel Beckley, Dave Meese, Jak Jeys (Josh Thomas, Marvin Nisbett), Craig Bannister, Liam Holt. Subs not used: Levi Andoh, Kyle Brady.