A last minute goal by Lewis Taylor-Boyce earned Khalsa all three points against Tividale in a five-goal thriller at the Beeches.
The visitors made the early running against a Tividale side that started slowly but after about ten minutes it was the home side who started to wrestle back control of the game. Dale had the first chance when after 16 minutes, Lewis McPike forced Khalsa keeper Tom Turner into a brilliant save to deny him from a free kick.
A minute later Turner again had to be alert to turn another McPike shot around the post. Tividale then had a spell of three corners were they had Khalsa under all sorts of pressure, the last of them ending with Karl Gardner hitting the crossbar from a hook from the edge of the box.
Khalsa took the lead slightly against the run of play on 20 minutes as Bradley Lawley sneaked in ahead of Tividale keeper Luke Kriskinans and headed home. Five minutes later Tividale could have been two nil down when Tim Jackson found David Meese with a free kick and his snap shot came back off the base of the post.
Tividale made the most of the let off and on 26 minutes a Darragh Bustin shot took a deflection and cleared Turner’s bar. Four minutes later and Tividale were level thanks to a fine McPike free kick.
Four minutes into the second half and Smith did well to slip his marker but again he was denied by Turner. Then Nathan Jones whipped in a left wing cross that Smith just failed to get on the end of.
Just as Tividale looked the more likely scorers up popped Khalsa’s Deqwon Ebanks on the hour to fire the visitors back in front.
Dale hit back when on the first attack after the goal a cross from Jones on the left was met by Smith with an acrobatic volley that flashed past Turner and into the net.
Again Tividale looked to be finishing the stronger and the likely winners if their was to be one and were unlucky when a Jones cross shot crashed against the frame of Turners goal. But right at the death it was Sporting who snatched the points when substitute Taylor-Boyce fired home after Tividale failed to clear.
Sporting Khalsa: Tom Turner, Carlo Franco, Tim Jackson, Tes Robinson (captain), Joe Rogers (Khori Foster), Dave Meese, Brad Lawley, Mensah Kinch (Yousifu Ceesay), Marvin Nisbett, Craig Bannister (Lewis Taylor-Boyce), Deqwon Ebanks.