Khalsa’s win over Lye two days previously proved not to be the start of a new chapter as they had hoped as they tamely collapsed under the drilled, high-tempo pressure of neighbours Walsall Wood.
Two goals from Lou Harris in the first half of a game which was a scrappy and turgid affair for the most part, enabled the visitors to take the points.
Nick Wright fired the first warning shot for Wood on six minutes, skewing a shot just wide of Tom Turner‘s near post.
At the other end, Mensah Kinch‘s goal after some excellent work by Luke Shearer and Dave Meese was one of the easier offside decisions an official will have to make, while Meese himself almost scored on 17 minutes.
Harris opened the scoring on 33 minutes, an outrageous break from a Khalsa attack ending with the ball rolling into the net via the post.
At the other end, Johnny Haynes almost equalised quickly, flashing a shot just wide after some great work by Mike Perks.
But Harris doubled the lead just before the break, deftly looping a shot over Turner during another break. Ian Rowe rang the changes at half-time, bringing Danny Ashton and Marvin Nisbett into the fray for Mensah Kinch and Joe Rogers.
Lewis Taylor-Boyce forced an early save from Turner with a low shot and, on 53 minutes, captain Harry Harris scuffed a shot wide during a dangerous break by Wood.
Khalsa’s best chance of the game came on 62 minutes, Shearer twisting and turning his way into the box and firing a shot that forced a good save from Curtis Pond in the Wood goal.
Taylor-Boyce almost got a third for the visitors on 85 minutes, his shot hitting the post before being cleared, and at the other end in the dying moments, Shearer’s shot was well saved by Pond.
Sporting Khalsa: Tom Turner, Joe Rogers (Danny Ashton), Jonny Haynes, Carlo Franco, Tes Robinson (Captain), Mike Perks, Elliot Turner, Dave Meese, Craig Bannister (Nick Turton), Luke Shearer, Mensah Kinch (Marvin Nisbett).