Khalsa completed a double over their Walsall neighbours Continental Star, albeit in far from convincing fashion.
It took a couple of slices of good fortune – wide midfielder Matt Martin the main beneficiary – to put distance between the visitors and a dogged Star outfit. Indeed, it was Star who took the lead, Daron Hamilton controlling a long ball on 17 minutes, holding off challenges from Joe Rogers and Lee Wherton and firing a swerving shot past the despairing grasp of James Pemberton.
It was a lead which was unexpected but was not to last long.
Two minutes later a shot by Martin from range was parried by Jordon Elliss – who produced what could only be described as a magnificent performance in spite of shipping four goals – but Brad Lawley was quick to the rebound and nudged home from close range.
Craig Bannister fired a shot agonisingly wide on 23 minutes after winning the ball well from a Star player and five minutes later the same player hit the bar with a header from a great flowing move of which the highlight was Lawley’s perfect touchline cross. On 32 minutes, Elliss made another fine save to deny Martin and three minutes later it was Bannister’s turn to be frustrated by the in-form keeper as he rushed out to deny the striker.
There was just time for Elliss to once again keep his side in the game, on 42 minutes a Mike Perks header from Martin’s corner was pushed away.
There was little Elliss could do just after the restart, a Rogers pass from the right within 20 seconds of the kick-off ended with the ball being deflected onto Martin and over the despairing keeper to give Khalsa the lead. Khalsa stepped on the gas, Lawley curled an effort just inches over on 53 minutes and then Bannister was once more denied by Elliss as he went charging through one-on-one.
Khalsa extended their lead on 65 minutes, a Rogers pass finding centre-half Tes Robinson unmarked in the middle and able to turn the ball home for his tenth of the season.
With the game seemingly won, Khalsa conspired to make their lives awkward, Perks dropping the clanger and allowing Darron Green to drift in and finish in style to make it 3-2. Any concerns were put to bed on 82 minutes, however, when the lead was restored as a wicked corner from Martin caused all sorts of problems for Elliss and ended up in the back of the net.
Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton; Joe Rogers, Callum Cooper, Mike Perks, Tes Robinson; Dave Meese, Matt Martin, Lee Wherton (Captain) (Simeon Townsend), Marvin Nisbett, Brad Lawley; Craig Bannister (Ben Hadley).