Khalsa’s recent run of good form continued with a routine victory over Loughborough University, helping to strengthen their position in the top four
The game was really won in the first ten minutes as the visitors were unable to halt Khalsa’s early momentum. Keeper George Hobbs parried away a Kyle Brady effort after just three minutes, the first of a number of smart saves the University keeper would make.
But he was unable to stop Dave Meese putting Khalsa ahead on six minutes after Brady had done all the damage down the right. Hobbs then somehow kept out a Liam Holt shot just seconds later, pushing the effort onto the crossbar.
But from the resulting corner, Shawn Boothe powered home with a header to double the lead.
Brady and captain Tes Robinson then spurned good chances to put the game out of reach as Loughborough clung on for dear life against wave after wave of attack. Craig Bannister made it three on 28 minutes, planting a header past Hobbs after some brilliant wing work by Marvin Nisbett down the right flank.
The second half saw Khalsa turn continue their dominance but their luck in front of goal dried up somewhat.
The fourth goal came from the penalty spot, Meese grabbing his second after a handball in the box on 55 minutes.
Hobbs saved well to deny Robinson, his acrobatic effort pushed past the post on 64 minutes. And then, with ten minutes to go, Meese was denied his hat-trick when an effort from just inside the area crashed against the crossbar.
With moments left on the clock, a rare incursion into the Khalsa final third by the visitors saw Alex Dinsmore pull an effort just wide of the far post as he surged down the right, ensuring Khalsa’s clean sheet remained intact.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Jonathan Haynes, Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Mike Perks, Kyle Brady, Dave Meese, Craig Bannister (Rikardo Reid), Marvin Nisbett (Kristian Henry), Liam Holt (Nathan Stone). Subs not used: Brad Lawley, Luke Adams.