Sporting Khalsa vs Abbey Hulton United

Staffordshire Senior Cup First Round


Sporting Khalsa


  • Mensah Kinch - 1 goal(s)
  • Marvin Nisbett - 1 goal(s)
  • Josh McKenzie - 1 goal(s)
  • Jay Holdcroft - 2 goal(s)

Abbey Hulton United


22nd October 2019 | 7:45 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena


Marvin Nisbett – a welcome return to the goal scoring list

A first goal for over two years for injury-ridden Khalsa striker Marvin Nisbett and a brace for Jay Holdcroft, his first goals of his second spell at the club, were the highlights in a routine victory over Abbey Hulton.

Any resistance from the visitors evaporated within six minutes as Khalsa took the lead through an own goal, a long ball down the middle hitting a defender and looping over Abbey keeper Joe Mellor.

Alex Perry almost doubled the lead on 12 minutes, lashing a shot that needed to be deflected wide.

But two minutes later the visitors were level, Regan Lymer capitalising on some hesitancy by keeper Sam Arnold to sneak past him and tuck home from a tight angle.

Khalsa were back in front on 19 minutes, a Sean Williams cross was flicked home by Mensah Kinch and seven minutes later excellent work by James McGrady put in Holdcroft to slot home and make it 3-1.

Williams almost made it four with a dipping shot from range on 36 minutes before a lengthy stoppage due to an unfortunate injury to Shaun Rhodes.

The second half saw Khalsa continue where they left off. Josh McKenzie made it 4-1 with a fine 40-yard effort on 51 minutes and six minutes later Holdcroft made it five with his second.

The appearance of Liam Holt, Nisbett and Jermaine Johnson from the bench after lengthy injury issues raised spirits. The spirits were raised even further on 70 minutes when Nisbett nipped in to smash home and make it 6-1, his first goal since a two-year lay off with injury.

The cherry on the cake would have been a goal for Holt who waltzed past several players on 83 minutes only for his shot to be saved well by Mellor.

And Holdcroft’s hat-trick was denied on 90 minutes thanks to a goal-line clearance.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, George Taylor, Mike Perks, Mark Smith, Tes Robinson (captain) (Liam Holt), Alex Perry, Mensah Kinch, Sean Williams (Jermaine Johnson), Jay Holdcroft, Josh McKenzie (Marvin Nisbett), James McGrady. Subs not used: Aman Gill, Harvey Cooper.

First team results 2019-20