Sporting Khalsa vs Tividale

JW Hunt Cup Semi Final


Sporting Khalsa


  • Mensah Kinch - 1 goal(s)
  • Mykel Beckley - 1 goal(s)



30th April 2019 | 7:45 pm
Castlecroft Stadium


Mensah Kinch – give him an inch, give him an inch, give him an inch, give him an inch

Khalsa’s season will finish with a cup final at the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers after a 2-1 win against West Midlands Regional League champions Tividale.

The scoreline was the same as when the sides met in the FA Cup earlier in the season as goals from Mensah Kinch and Mykel Beckley earned Khalsa the win.

Dan Smith almost engineered the first opening of the game for Tividale on three minutes after being fed by Liam Wilkinson, only for Leon Miles to make the important intervention.

Khalsa’s Jay Holdcroft lashed an effort over the bar on 19 minutes after excellent work by the impressive Liam Armstrong who drifted past two players before laying on the pass.

Three minutes later Sam Arnold produced a great save at the feet of Demitri Brown after the dangerman sprung the offside trap.

Khalsa took the lead on 27 minutes, Beckley’s excellent run down the left ended with a cross to Kinch who took the opportunity in style to make it one-nil.

Darragh Bustin had a decent opportunity for Tividale just before half-time, his effort going straight into the arms of Arnold after he had manage to wriggle through the defence.

Tividale continued their quest for an equaliser after the break, Chris Cocking looking to latch onto a long, bouncing ball which fell to him in the box but he couldn’t quite control.

On the hour, Armstrong’s shot for Khalsa was rifled just wide after good work by Kinch and Holdcroft.

But three minutes later Khalsa’s lead was doubled, Carlo Franco’s excellent work down the left ending with the ball reaching Beckley in the six yard box, the striker making no mistake in slotting past Niall Maher.

Sean Williams narrowly missed the target to make it three two minutes later and on 77 minutes his freekick was pushed onto the bar by Maher.

Bustin had another opportunity on one of his excursions forward on 84 minutes but again couldn’t test Arnold.

With the game moving into injury time, another good save by Maher denied Armstrong who again drifted past players before getting his shot away.

With seconds to play, Smith pulled one back for Tividale, capitalising on some hesitancy in the Khalsa ranks to roll the ball into the goal.

Khalsa will face fellow Midland Football League side Highgate United in the final at Molineux on Monday May 13.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Alex Woodhouse, Leon Miles, Tes Robinson (captain), Liam Armstrong, Mensah Kinch (Remi Birch), Dave Meese, Jay Holdcroft (Josh Thomas), Mykel Beckley (Gaz Singh), Sean Williams. Subs: Alex Perry, Kieron Whittaker.

First team results 2018-19