Khalsa eased to a perhaps surprisingly routine victory against Dunkirk with St Kitts and Nevis international Tes Robinson bagging a brace from centre-half.
Just weeks after being beaten 3-1 at Dunkirk, Khalsa came out looking for revenge and drew blood after five minutes when Robinson had the easiest of tasks to fire home from two yards out after Dave Meese flicked on Tim Jackson‘s corner.
James Pemberton produced a fine save to deny Eugene Bopp on 33 minutes, the Khalsa keeper tipping the midfielder’s header over the bar after good build up play by Billy Bennett and Russell Peel. Shortly afterwards, Craig Bannister‘s header was cleared off the line after a fine cross by Meese.
Early in the second half, Bannister again came close, his effort crashing off the bar after a great cross by Kinch. On 55 minutes, Robinson got his second after a great Joe Rogers free kick picked out Nisbett whose header found the centre-half who turned home.
And the scoring was complete on 64 minutes when Bannister’s persistence and some sloppy defending enabled him to round keeper Jake Want and tap into an empty net. But just minutes later, a moment Bannister will want to forget when Kinch again set up a chance in front of goal but Khalsa’s top scorer put wide from close range.
Carlo Franco preserved the clean sheet on 81 minutes, clearing Green’s header from Coutt’s corner before substitute Ben Hadley set up fellow sub Brad Lawley with a great reverse pass well saved by Want.
And in the dying stages, Hadley was denied by Matthew Dawson, his goalbound effort cleared well off the line.
Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton; Carlo Franco, Tim Jackson, Joe Rogers, Tes Robinson; Mike Perks (Simeon Townsend), Dave Meese, Lee Wherton (captain), Marvin Nisbett, Mensah Kinch (Ben Hadley); Craig Bannister (Brad Lawley).