Khalsa strengthened their position in fourth spot in the Midland Football League with a 4-2 win against Romulus in an action packed and high-tempo match.
Although the visitors arrived at the Aspray Arena in tenth spot, their frontline has been scoring for fun and were always going to be a challenging proposition for a Khalsa side seeking a seventh league win on the bounce.
Six minutes later and the lead was doubled, Rico Taylor drifting in from the flank and pinging a low shot from the edge of the area to make it 2-0.
And Westwood thought he had made it three less than a minute later, a great cross by Alex Melbourne turned home only for the linesman to flag for offside.
Yet Romulus, even to the last kick of the game, continued to push and press. Khalsa keeper Tes Robinson had to clear off the line on 17 minutes after Dimitri Dunkley broke through.
At the other end, Robinson might have done better with a free header from Mensah Kinch’s right wing cross on 21 minutes. Three minutes later it was 3-0, a gorgeous Melbourne cross from the left turned home by Westwood, the sixth successive game he has scored in for Khalsa.
The three-goal margin didn’t last long, Josh Willis looping a good header past Sam Arnold on 30 minutes to make it 3-1 and give the visitors a sniff of an opportunity.
On 43 minutes Belford again denied Westwood one-on-one and as the half came to a close, the visitors laid siege to the Khalsa goal in search of the goal that would well and truly put the wind in their sails. It was, however, to no avail.
The second half saw Westwood, predatory and a constant menace to the Romulus defensive ranks, lash an effort across goal on 54 minutes while three minutes later at the other end league top scorer Mitch Piggon cut in and found shooting space, only to fire over the bar.
On 57 minutes Romulus had two chances, first a last ditch intervention by Robinson denied Brandon Hague and easy opportunity and then from the resulting corner the same player took a stinger in the face from a Willis volley, leaving him requiring medical attention.
Khalsa gave themselves a bit more breathing space on 66 minutes, Westwood once again finishing in style after more brilliant work by Melbourne who had been set free down the left by Chilton, making it 4-1. Romulus kept plugging away, Hague forcing a good save from Arnold on 68 minutes and then, on 75 minutes, pulling it back to 4-2 with another great looping header by Willis that left Arnold grasping at air.
It was with some relief that Piggon’s bundled home effort on 76 minutes was flagged for offside as the visitors sensed a comeback was on the cards and when Arnold came and failed to reach a cross on 78 minutes, a clearance off the line by substitute Luke Adams could have been decisive.
But Khalsa held firm, Westwood might have opted to pass when he twisted and turned into the area with Chilton free and unmarked, but chose to shoot wastefully over. And with just minutes to go, Piggon’s far post head flashed just wide.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Leon Miles, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Melbourne, Alex Woodhouse (Luke Adams), Rico Taylor, Dave Meese, Dan Westwood, Mensah Kinch (Liam Armstrong), Lee Chilton. Subs not used: Jay Holdcroft, Shawn Boothe, Vidal Hendrickson.