A superb save half way through the second half by Khalsa’s substitute goalkeeper Mihai Gherasim effectively won the game for the visitors as they pursue third spot in the Midland Football League.
In a match played on an impressive surface but with significant winds affecting play, it was Khalsa who created the best chances in the game. But it took Gherasim’s save after the keeper had come off the bench following an injury to James Pemberton to prevent a Long Eaton equaliser on 70 minutes.
United keeper Scott Low saved from Dave Meese on ten minutes, his first of several important interventions during the game. Bannister blazed over on 24 minutes, his arrival on the scene slightly awry after some brilliant wing-work down the right by Mensah Kinch.
But Bannister put the record straight just ten minutes later, heading home a corner from Tim Jackson,his milestone goal proving decisive in breaking the deadlock.
Pemberton exited shortly afterwards, stretchered off after rolling his ankle as he landed awkwardly as he raced out of his area to collect a wind-assisted longball.
With the wind at their backs, Khalsa were more dominant after the break.
Brad Lawley should have done better with a header on 57 minutes and a couple of minutes later a clearance on the line by a United defender using his hand was waved away by the ref despite appeals from the Khalsa players.
Low produced a good save on 67 minutes to deny Bannister who shot from the edge of the area and shortly afterwards, United had a goal chalked off for offside by the linesman.
Gherasim’s brilliant stop from Jarrod Westcarr came at a time when United were enjoying something of a renaissance. But substitute Gardner eased the worries, first forcing a good save from Low on 80 minutes and then heading home on 83 to wrap up the match.
Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton (Mihai Gherasim); Carlo Franco, Tim Jackson, Joe Rogers (captain), John Hill; Dave Meese, Brad Lawley, Matt Martin, Marvin Nisbett, Mensah Kinch; Craig Bannister (Matty Gardner).