Misfiring Khalsa dropped two points as they slogged to an unsatisfactory draw with Coventry Sphinx.
In the fourth meetings between the two sides this season, it took a first league goal of the season from centre-half Shawn Boothe to get Khalsa on level terms after Charlie Faulkner had given Sphinx a first-half lead.
Both sides were fast out of the traps. A Gaz Singh cross on two minutes found Boothe in the centre and his header looped narrowly over and two minutes taker Faulkner spring the offside trap and guided the ball past the on rushing Sam Arnold in the Khalsa goal but pushed it wide and ended up crossing the ball back into the keeper’s hands.
On 14 minutes, Sphinx had two good opportunities, both denied by Arnold. First, Arnold saved well to deny Faulkner and from the resulting corner had to be on his toes to stop Michael Quirk’s long-range effort.
Mensah Kinch’s cross on 25 minutes into the danger zone across the box eluded everybody after a period of sustained pressure from Khalsa.
Sphinx took the lead on 38 minutes, ex-Khalsa striker Matty Gardner breaking down the right and putting an inch-perfect cross to Faulkner to turn home in style.
The second half saw Sphinx make a pretty decent fist of breaking up any momentum Khalsa might have mustered and frustrate efforts for an equaliser.
Singh’s shot on 52 minutes flashed wide of the post and five minutes later Josh O’Grady cut inside at the other end and looked likely to score but for the intervention of Khalsa skipper Tes Robinson.
The equaliser, when it came, came from an unlikely source. Boothe, forward for a corner, used his strength to hold off the attentions of his marker, turned and stabbed a shot past Tom Cross.
Although Khalsa arguably had the upper hand after the equaliser, chances to grab the winner were few and far between, the best opportunity coming in the dying moments when Liam Armstrong’s corner finding Boothe in the six yard box but unable to direct his header on target.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Remi Birch, Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Dave Meese, Liam Armstrong, Josh Thomas (Mykel Beckley), Jay Holdcroft (Dan Westwood), Gaz Singh (Alex Perry), Mensah Kinch. Subs not used: Kieron Whittaker, Adam Osbourne.