Khalsa warmed up for Saturday’s massive FA Cup game against Spalding with a ninth consecutive win in all competitions. But Khalsa didn’t make it easy for themselves and Craig Bannister‘s late penalty was a something of a get out of jail card.
Khalsa dominated the first half and really should have been out of sight before the half time whistle.
Just after Bannister’s opener, Nelson slipped two markers in the box and flashed a shot just wide of the post and five minutes later Meese threaded a fine pass to Bannister who surged into the area and shot, only to be denied by a block by Ryan Thacker which fell to the feet of Carlo Franco who blazed wildly over from 12 yards.
Marvin Nisbett fed Meese on 25 minutes, the midfielder shooting narrowly wide of the near post from inside the box and then Meese turned provider, his cross on 31 minutes narrowly evading Tes Robinson who had pushed forward from centre-half.
Khalsa finally doubled their lead on 37 minutes, Nisbett finishing in style after Quorn failed to clear a routine Joe Rogers centre. But just before the break Jimmy Brooks pulled one back for the home side from a corner, providing a timely reminder to Quorn that they were very much in the game.
Sure enough, the second half saw Quorn swing momentum back their way as Khalsa struggled to match their tempo and drive.
James Pemberton produced a great save on 51 minutes to deny Callum Thompson as the home side pushed for an equaliser.
On 57 minutes a decent effort from Mike Perks was deflected wide from distance and, from the resulting corner, Nelson’s effort was saved well by Thacker.
It took until the 73rd minute before they got the equaliser, a stunning volley by Thompson from range flying past Pemberton.
But then Khalsa struck some good fortune, Nisbett feeding skipper Lee Wherton just two minutes later. Wherton was fouled and Bannister stepped up to score goal 21 of the season, his penalty hitting the keeper and flying up into the roof of the net.
Moments later, a moment Bannister will want to forget when Nisbett’s cross found him unmarked in the middle from close range but he somehow put the shot wide. A fine shot by substitute Ben Hadley on 87 minutes forced another great save by Thacker and Meese tapped in the rebound, only to be flagged offside. It was enough to earn Khalsa three points on an unconvincing performance.
Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton; Carlo Franco, Tim Jackson, Joe Rogers, Tes Robinson; Mike Perks, Dave Meese, Lee Wherton (captain), Marvin Nisbett (Nicky Campbell), Michael Nelson (Simeon Townsend); Craig Bannister (Ben Hadley).
Man of the match: Mike Perks.