Sporting Khalsa vs AFC Wulfrunians

Midland Football League


Sporting Khalsa


  • Mensah Kinch - 1 goal(s)
  • James McGrady - 2 goal(s)

AFC Wulfrunians


14th December 2019 | 3:00 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena


Carlo Franco – the architect of much of the damage to Wulfrunians

Khalsa got back to winning ways against local rivals AFC Wulfrunians with James McGrady and Carlo Franco the architects of much of the damage.

Wulfrunians started brightly, Aaron Bishop forcing a good save from Sam Arnold on five minutes after springing the offside trap and the same player being on the receiving end of another great opportunity but blazed over the bar on 20 minutes.

Khalsa took the lead three minutes later, Mensah Kinch bundling the ball into the net from a right flank cross by Franco.

Seven minutes later and Tes Robinson might have doubled the lead, a probing Sean Williams cross finding the Khalsa captain untroubled by a marker but the header missed the target.

Chris Knight was the saviour for Wulfs on 31 minutes, ex-Khalsa keeper Tom Turner clearing to Gaz Singh whose long range effort was on target but intercepted by the retreating defender.

Josh McKenzie thought he had doubled the lead on 33 minutes, his curling effort controversially chalked off following a linesman’s flag.

But the goal did come on 35 minute, McGrady nodding home after another Franco cross from the right. And the same combination did a repeat four minutes later, McGrady’s header from Franco’s cross making it 3-0.

Wulfrunians weren’t prepared to spend the second half in damage limitation mode. On 52 minutes, Arnold flapped at a corner and Alex Perry had to clear off the line.

On 58 minutes McKenzie was put through, forcing an emergency intervention from Turner whose clearance landed with McGrady who spotted the chance for his hat-trick but from range was just unable to hit the target.

McKenzie came agonisingly close to making it four on 69 minutes, another incisive jaunt down the left by McGrady ending with a great cross from the flank which the striker was just unable to connect with.

Wulfrunians pulled one back on 84 minute, substitute Joel Owusu curling a good effort from the edge of the box to make it 3-1.

In injury time, Knight needed to make a nifty intervention to deny Perry who was lurking looking to take advantage of substitute Mykel Beckley’s cross.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Leon Miles, Tes Robinson (captain), Liam Armstrong, Sean Williams, Mensah Kinch (Mykel Beckley), Josh McKenzie (Jay Holdcroft), Gaz Singh (Jack Till), James McGrady. Subs not used: Marvin Nisbett, Kieron Whittaker.

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