A first-half Craig Bannister brace helped Khalsa to a relatively routine win at Brocton ahead of the big FA Cup game against FC United of Manchester.
Bannister gave Khalsa the lead in their first attack on four minutes, Marvin Nisbett‘s brilliant run down the left ending in a centre to the predatory striker who turned in his 22nd of the season.
Celebrations were short-lived when Paul McMahon deflected Berks’s shot on nine minutes – we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and agree he meant it! – with the ball looping the ball over James Pemberton and into the net.
But Bannister’s 23rd of the season didn’t take long to arrive and on the 16th minute Mike Perks‘s pass did the damage and the striker finished the job, putting the ball through the legs of Calum Barrett.
Bannister certainly had his chances to grab another Khalsa hat-trick, his lob when clear through had just too much on it and ended up clearing the crossbar before Barrett produced a great save after a superb through ball by Perks.
And it was Perks himself who eventually got the third, a jackhammer of an effort from the edge of the area crashing in off the crossbar, offering Barrett no chance whatsoever and giving the midfielder his third goal of the campaign.
The game was all but wrapped up ten minutes into the second half, excellent work by Nisbett again setting clear Michael Nelson who latched onto the through ball and finished in style for his first goal in Khalsa colours.
From there it was a reasonably stagnant affair, substitute Simeon Townsend‘s header forcing a routine save from Barrett on 75 minutes and, in the dying stages, Tes Robinson denying Berks in a crowded goalmouth.
The win means Sporting Khalsa have now won their last six games in the league and are unbeaten in their last 13 in all competitions.
Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton; Carlo Franco, Nicky Campbell (captain), Joe Rogers, Tes Robinson; Mike Perks, Brad Lawley (Simeon Townsend), Dave Meese, Marvin Nisbett (Ben Hadley), Michael Nelson (Tim Jackson); Craig Bannister.
Man-of-the-match: Marvin Nisbett.