Sporting Khalsa vs Ilkeston Town

Midland Football League


Sporting Khalsa


  • Daniel Westwood - 1 goal(s)

Ilkeston Town


8th September 2018 | 3:00 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena


Rico Taylor – one of many fantastic performances and by far his best showing to date

Khalsa produced their best performance in a long time to beat league leaders Ilkeston thanks to a first-half poacher’s effort by Dan Westwood.

There were huge performances all around the park, with Leon Miles at the heart of the defence an absolute giant and loanee keeper Reece Francis (a huge thanks to Bromsgrove Sporting for the help in our hour of need) keeping a clean sheet being of particular note.

The visitors – who have won seven of their eight games in the league this season and whose new manager Martin McIntosh was taking the reins for the first time – were in no mood to return to Derbyshire with anything but three points and were at it from the start.

They gave Khalsa no room to breathe right from the kick off, Malachi Lavelle-Moore drilling an effort just wide of Francis’s post within two minutes. Two minutes later, Liam Mitchell produced two brilliant saves, both to deny Miles who had pushed forward for a corner.

And from another corner on 24 minutes, whipped in deep by Lee Chilton, skipper Tes Robinson headed back across goal and the ball rebounded off the far post to safety.

Shortly afterwards, Alex Melbourne failed to deal with a long ball over the top, the ball dropping to Elliott Reeves whose chip from range just cleared the crossbar.

What would be the winning goal came on 31 minutes, Miles involved again to nod down a Chilton corner to the predatory Westwood to finish well and make it 1-0.

The second half saw the game continue in much the same vein, Rico Taylor – in far and away his best showing in a Khalsa shirt to date – was set free down the right by Josh Thomas and his peach of a cross just narrowly eluded Chilton.

On 65 minutes, Chilton turned provider, setting up Dave Meese whose effort from the edge of the box whistled just wide and the same player had a goal-bound effort on the rebound from a corner blocked by Ryan Wheatley.

As the game entered the final stages, things opened up significantly with chances at both ends. For Khalsa, on 82 minutes, Thomas did well to create some space but his effort was curled pretty much straight at Mitchell who then saved really well from substitute Jay Holdcroft after great combination work from Vidal Hendrickson and Alex Perry.

Going into injury time, Ben Morris lashed an effort wide from a deep free kick and three minutes past the 90, Tim Hopkinson gave Khalsa some last minute jitters, heading into the side netting from a corner.

Sporting Khalsa: Reece Francis, Carlo Franco, Alex Melbourne, Leon Miles, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Perry, Josh Thomas (Vidal Hendrickson), Dave Meese, Dan Westwood (Jay Holdcroft), Lee Chilton, Rico Taylor. Subs not used: Johnnie Haynes, Shawn Boothe, Alex Woodhouse.

First team fixtures 2018-19