Sporting Khalsa vs Coleshill Town



Sporting Khalsa


  • Dave Meese - 1 goal(s)

Coleshill Town


10th September 2016 | 3:00 pm
Aspray Arena


Dave Meese - another goal,
Dave Meese – another goal, making him joint top-scorer with Craig Bannister on six.

A point was probably the right result all round as two well-matched teams slugged it out in wet, awkward conditions at the Aspray Arena.

A first-half Dave Meese penalty was cancelled out by a predatory finish by Simeon Coburne just after the interval, but Coleshill had keeper Paul Hathaway to thank for their point, a fine save denying Simeon Townsend late on.

The early exchanges saw Khalsa dominate, Carlo Franco heading into the side netting from a short corner routine involving Johnny Haynes and Craig Bannister, before Luke Barlowe sliced over his own crossbar trying to clear a corner.

On 11 minutes, Tes Robinson’s effort was cleared off the line from a corner and on 16 minutes Meese curled a shot just the wrong side of the post after good work by Marvin Nisbett.

Khalsa took the lead on 21 minutes, Luke Shearer was brought down by Liam Francis and up stepped Meese to roll the spot kick past Hathaway.

The visitors then wrestled themselves back into the game quickly and should have equalised on 26 minutes when Francis had a good opportunity to head home Josh Quaynor’s wickedly delivered corner kick.

Although there were no real chances, the visitors had well and truly regained the momentum by the half time whistle. And their upsurge continued in the second period, rewarded on 49 minutes when Coburne tapped home at the far post after brilliant work by Aaron Garvey to carve out the opportunity.

The visitors began to turn the screw, Reece Leek breaking down the left and almost giving Coleshill the lead, only to be denied by Tom Turner.

Simeon Townsend - almost won it for Khalsa at the end.
Simeon Townsend – almost won it for Khalsa at the end.

And immediately afterwards the ongoing chaos in the Khalsa defensive ranks continued with Sam Adkins launching an effort over the bar after an attack in which there was a strong shout for a penalty after Garvey went tumbling in the area.

In the final phases, it was Khalsa who looked slightly more likely to grab the points. On 75 minutes, substitute Townsend was just unable to react quickly enough to put a shot on target from Brad Lawley’s knock down from Mensah Kinch’s cross.

And on 42 minutes, Hathaway produced a top drawer save, acrobatically pushing away Townsend’s header from Haynes’ inch-perfect cross.

Deep into stoppage time, a vicious free-kick by Thomas Weale curled just wide of the post, giving the home supporters an anxious moment as it looked goal-bound.

Sporting Khalsa: Tom Turner, Joe Rogers, Johnny Haynes, Carlo Franco, Tes Robinson (captain), Dave Meese, Marvin Nisbett, Brad Lawley, Luke Shearer (Alex Perry), Craig Bannister (Simeon Townsend), Mensah Kinch (Bekir Halil).

Man-of-the-match: Alex Perry

See first team results and fixtures 2016-17