Following the dismissal of Josh McKenzie just before the half-hour mark for a petulant kick on a Stourport defender which was missed by everybody but the eagle-eyed official, Khalsa were up against it. The scrappy opening exchanges gave way to a cagey and conservative affair after the dismissal, with Drew Canavan’s opportunity for the visitors just before the break the only real opening of note.
The second half saw Khalsa settle into something approaching a rhythm, despite the numerical disadvantage. Lewis Worsey surged forward from full-back, lashing a skidding shot which Stourport keeper Dominic Richards needed to push away.
Four minutes later, McGrady – on as a sub for first half casualty Mensah Kinch – pulled an effort just wide of the post and then Richards pulled off a good save to deny Lee Chilton which Tes Robinson just failed to capitalise on.
At the other end, Sam Arnold produced two great saves in succession to keep the visitors at bay on 64 minutes as the game continued to hang in the balance.
Chilton headed just over on 76 minutes from Worsey’s excellent pin-point cross and full-back Adnan Yussiff came close on 80 minutes with an acrobatic effort.
Then, with Khalsa probably sensing a point would be a good return from a challenging day, McGrady and Chilton linked up well down the left flank and the low grubbing effort by the winger squirmed through Richards and over the line for an unlikely but hard fought victory.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Adnan Yussif, Lewis Worsey, Matt Fulloway, Tes Robinson (captain), Mike Perks, Kieron Whittaker, Mensah Kinch (James McGrady), Liam Armstrong, Lee Chilton (Gaz Singh), Josh McKenzie. Subs not used: Rickardo Reid, Josh Thomas, Alex Woodhouse.