Khalsa’s unblemished start to the season continued as Dan Westwood’s hat-trick helped pave the way for a five-star showing against Sphinx.
It took until the 14th minute before Westwood opened the scoring, stooping low to head home Sean Williams’ probing right wing cross. But Khalsa had turned the screws from the start and had already tested Sphinx keeper Tom Cross who had denied Williams after some excellent work by Carlo Franco.
The second arrived on 21 minutes, Liam Armstrong putting it on a plate for Westwood to tap home his second.
Khalsa were rampant, Gaz Singh surging from the centre circle, twisting and turning past player before shooting just wide of Cross’ far post. At the other end, Sam Arnold had to tip over Callum Woodward’s header as the visitors reminded Khalsa of their threat.
But the game was pretty much wrapped up on 43 minutes when Singh expertly unlocked the Sphinx defence and slotted home to make it 3-0 at half time.
The second half saw Iysden Christie pop a tempting effort over from the flank which almost caught Arnold unawares.
But on 72 minutes it was Khalsa who went further ahead, substitute James McGrady surging down the left and picking out Westwood who will have few easier goals to wrap up a hat-trick.
And McGrady wrapped up the scoring on 84 minutes, fed by Tes Robinson, the winger finished in style past Cross to bag his first for the club.
A miserable afternoon could have worse still had Cross not stopped two great efforts by Kieron Whittaker and McGrady’s effort on the break in combination with Westwood not slipped agonisingly past the post.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Lewis Worsey, George Taylor, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Woodhouse (Mike Perks), Liam Armstrong (James McGrady), Kieron Whittaker, Gaz Singh, Sean Williams (Mensah Kinch), Dan Westwood. Subs not used: Mark Smith, Alex Perry.