Four goals by debutant Jak Jeys were the highlight in a remarkable encounter between two of the heavyweights in the Midland Football League.
What was a crazy game of football almost started on the craziest of notes as Sam Arnold’s goal kick up the famous Bromsgrove slope on two minutes took an awkward bounce and needed his opposite number Nathan Vaughan to tip it onto his own crossbar to deny the goal.
Arnold produced a good save to deny Jamie Smith after a good surge from the midfield before it was Vaugh’s turn to kept the stalemate, saving well from Jeys. But from the resulting corner, Jeys opened his Khalsa account after 16 minutes, lashing home after hesitation in the six yard box.
Mark Danks almost equalised four minutes later, latching onto a route one pass and firing narrowly wide of the post. Khalsa skipper Tes Robinson doubled the lead on 34 minutes, heading unchallenged from a corner.
And four minutes later, the goal of the day as Jeys curled a world-class long-range effort into the top right-hand corner with Vaughan left waving the ball in. Things went from bad to worse for the home side in the second half, Jeys wrapping up his hat-trick when he picked up the ball in the centre circle and was allowed to dribble his way without a hint of a tackle and fire past Vaughan.
But then the tide turned, and turned decisively. First, Dave Reynolds tapped home a rebound after Arnold couldn’t hold onto a shot which squirmed through a crowd to make it 4-1.
At the other end Khalsa kept harvesting chances, Jeys forcing another good save from Vaughan and then Craig Bannister firing a swerving effort just wide of the upright. Khalsa nerves started to jangle on 61 minutes, Alex Tomkinson making it 4-2 with a smart finish.
And when Jamie Smith made it 4-3 on 74 minutes with an effort from the edge of the box, Worcester appeared unstoppable and it looked like there would only be one winner.
But on 77 minutes, Jeys popped up again with an almost carbon copy of his third goal, Worcester defenders standing off and allowing him to run into the box and hit a tame shot which somehow squirmed through Vaughan and over the line. The goal took the wind out of Worcester’s resurgence and Khalsa were able to hold on for three valuable points.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Luke Adams, Alex Melbourne, Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Woodhouse (Dan Lomas), Dave Meese, Mike Perks, Craig Bannister, Jak Jeys (Mykel Beckley), Mensah Kinch (Josh Thomas). Subs not used: Mark Branch, Rickardo Reid.