Khalsa got back to winning ways in the league, coming from behind to secure a 3-1 victory over South Normanton. But this was a disjointed and rain-lashed performance which looked to have been stifled by the hard working visitors until the later stages.
On a day when only the artificial surfaces of the West Midlands stood up to an almighty downpour, playing football was far from easy for either side.
The visitors had the first notable chance on 15 minutes, Richard Hanslow – who would be guilty of a number of key misses – scuffing an effort when clear on goal against Sam Arnold.
Six minutes later at the other end Sean Williams rattled the crossbar from range after one of his trademark mazy runs, Curtis Hall in the visitor goal beaten all ends up as the ball bounced to safety. A minute later and the keeper had to be on his toes to parry away a free kick from the same player.
It would prove costly almost immediately at the other end, Hanslow finishing well to give the visitors the lead. Hanslow almost created the opening for a second, setting up Ken Wayton three minutes, only for his partner to slice wide.
Just before the break Leon Miles had a good opportunity to bring his side level, failing to connect properly with an Alex Woodhouse corner.
The second half saw Khalsa continue their search for an equaliser. Gaz Singh‘s effort was well saved by Hall on 49 minutes but at the other end Arnold had to save well from Jack Tyson.
McKenzie had a golden opportunity to equalise on 63 minutes, put clear through only for Hall to save well. Four minutes later Dylan Barnett fired a half volley just over Arnold’s crossbar.
On 71 minutes Hanslow had the chance to kill the game, put clear through he took the ball wide and shot against the upright before Arnold smothered the ball.
Khalsa equalised on 75 minutes, Miles heading home from a tight angle from Liam Armstrong‘s corner to set the home side in pursuit of the three points.
It took another eight minutes, but substitute Jay Holdcroft’s finish from fellow sub James McGrady’s excellent pass put Khalsa ahead.
But the visitors we’re dead and buried. Marc Strzyzewski fired an effort just wide after rampaging forward from centre-half on 90 minutes and shortly afterwards Martyn Smith had a really good chance to equalise but fluffed his lines.
Deep into injury time and Singh made sure of the points, capitalising on some lax defending to finish in some style.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Shaq Lee, Leon Miles, Tes Robinson (captain), Liam Armstrong, Mensah Kinch (James McGrady), Alex Woodhouse (Mike Perks), Josh McKenzie (Jay Holdcroft), Gaz Singh, Sean Williams. Subs not used: Alex Perry, George Taylor.