Sporting Khalsa vs Newark Flowserve

Midland Football League


Sporting Khalsa



Newark Flowserve


22nd February 2020 | 3:00 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena


Sean Williams – opened the scoring

Khalsa kept up the pressure on leaders Coventry United, overcoming Newark in a ferocious and feircely-contested clash.

After scrappy early exchanges, the first effort of note came on 16 minutes, Khalsa’s Lewis Worsey launching a shot from range just wide of the target and three minutes later at the other end Tom Potts lashed a free kick past Sam Arnold’s post.

Sean Williams’ deep free kick on 27 minutes found the head of Mark Smith but was put wide and eight minutes later James McGrady was put clear but Newark keeper Alfie Smith-Eccles saved well with his legs.

With seconds to play before the half time whistle, Khalsa skipper Tes Robinson had to produce a great intervention to deny Joel Brownhill what would have been a relatively straightforward goal scoring opportunity.

Within minutes of the restart, Khalsa were ahead. A deep freekick from Alex Woodhouse skidded off the surface to Williams who twisted and turned inside, firing a low shot on goal which squirmed through Smith-Eccles and into the net.

Khalsa kept up the pressure, Worsey was put through by Smith on the break on 54 minutes and got a shot on target only for Smith-Eccles to produce a great double save.

At the other end the dangerous Zac Goodson surged in from the right flank past two defenders and forced Arnold into a great save to deny an equaliser.

Josh McKenzie, a huge presence up front for Khalsa, set up Liam Armstrong with a clever backheel and the midfielder rounded the keeper but was just unable to get the shot on target, hitting the side netting.

Brownhill was put through by Goodson as Newark pressed for an equaliser but his shot was fired straight at Arnold.

The game was wrapped up on 70 minutes, Armstrong firing a rocket past Smith-Eccles to double the lead.

Williams almost put Khalsa three up, showing determination and skill to carve himself a chance which he then put over the bar.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Lewis Worsey (Rune Corinaldi), Mark Smith, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Woodhouse, James McGrady, Mike Perks (Jake Gosling), Josh McKenzie (Jack Till), Liam Armstrong, Sean Williams. Subs not used: Kieron Whittaker, Liam Haynes.