It was the archetypal game of two halves at Lye Meadow as two of the Midland Football League’s heavyweights slugged it out.
In a frantic and intense affair, Khalsa dragged themselves back from two goals down to a position where, but for the dismissal of Craig Bannister with 25 minutes to go, they would have felt confident of going on to win.
The first sniff of a chance came as early as the second minute, the intervention of Andy Parsons denying Bannister as he looked set to pounce on a Tim Jackson cross, while Luke Shearer volleyed an effort wide from the resulting corner.
But almost immediately Alvechurch earned themselves a penalty, soft as it may have been, when Joe Rogers was deemed to have brought down Dan Dubidat, enabling Josh March to step up and smash home in style.
And things went from bad to worse for Khalsa on 11 minutes when March converted after some impressive strength by Dubidat to hold off Tes Robinson and set up his strike partner.
March almost grabbed his hat-trick on 23 minutes, his shot from a corner blocked as he launched an effort at a crowded penalty area before Brad Lawley was needed to deny Orrin Pendley.
But the visitors made an unlikely bit of ground back on their hosts just before the break when Dave Meese and Shearer exchanged passes in the box, allowing Shearer to complete a great move with a goal.
After 16 frenetic minutes of second half action, Khalsa equalised when Meese headed home a Jackson free kick.
At this point it looked for all the world as if Khalsa would kick on to win the game, only for Bannister to be sent off on 65 minutes for a second bookable offence after clattering March.
This meant Khalsa had to go on the defensive as Church boss Ian Long switched to an attacking formation in the hope of securing the three points, only for the visitors to defend robustly.
As the game entered the dying stages, it was the home side that almost secured the win – first a great bit of work by the livewire Josh Samento down the left saw him put in a cross which would surely have been converted but for Carlo Franco’s intervention.
And then from the resulting corner Turner produced a great save as Parsons made contact with the ball amidst a crowd of flailing limbs, his save providing the final action of the game for a score line that of the two sides, Khalsa will probably feel happier with.
Khalsa are back in action next Saturday for their first ever game against St Andrew’s at the Aspray Arena (kick off 3pm).
Sporting Khalsa: Tom Turner, Joe Rogers, Tim Jackson, Carlo Franco, Tes Robinson (captain), Dave Meese, Mensah Kinch (Marvin Nisbett), Brad Lawley, Luke Shearer (Nick Turton), Craig Bannister, Danny Ashton.