Dave Meese‘s late winner won the JW Hunt Cup for Khalsa and ensured the season ended on a high. On the Molineux’ flat and wide pitch, both teams slugged it out in a fast paced and attacking game with chances at both ends.
With Khalsa’s tails up, Nisbett and Meese both had chances, both saved by Luke Stevens before Robinson had another good opportunity which went begging.
Khalsa would be rueing these chances on 38 minutes when Westwood curled home a sublime freekick from 25 yards to put Wolves Sporting ahead. And just before the break, Wolves Sporting almost went into the dressing rooms with a two goal lead, Sarmento brilliantly surging down the right only to pull his effort agonisingly wide.
Khalsa boss Ian Rowe rang the changes at half time, bringing on Mike Perks for Brad Lawley. Pemberton produced a good save to deny Sarmento on 56 minutes after more excellent link-up play by Westwood while at the other end Meese’s shot from range was well saved by Luke Stevens.
Substitute Simeon Townsend almost made an immediate impact, hacked down in the box only for the ref to wave play on. But three minutes later, it was all square as Robinson fired home on the turn after Wolves Sporting were unable to clear a corner.
Sarento – that man again – fired just wide after creating a great opportunity for himself on 72 minutes, almost putting Wolves Sporting ahead for a third time.
But that was to be the last real danger from the West Midlands League side as legs began to get heavy. Carlo Franco should have scored with a golden opportunity on 77 minutes and six minutes later an effort from Kinch was chalked off for offside.
But the pressure finally told on 89 minutes, Meese finishing in pinpoint fashion to put Khalsa ahead for the first time.
Townsend almost grabbed another on 92 minutes, bulldozing his way through the defence before firing just wide. Although Wolves Sporting continued to press right up to the whistle in search of yet another twist in the tale, Khalsa held on and captain Lee Wherton went up to lift the JW Hunt Cup for the 90th time in the competition’s history.
Sporting Khalsa: James Pemberton; Carlo Franco, Joe Rogers, Kristian Green, Tes Robinson; Brad Lawley (Mike Perks), Dave Meese, Lee Wherton (Simeon Townsend), Craig Bannister, Marvin Nisbett, Mensah Kinch (Tim Jackson).