Injury-ravaged Khalsa crashed out disappointingly at the quarter final stages of the FA Vase, putting up a timid performance in front of a bumper crowd at Pack Meadow against fellow Midland Football League outfit Coleshill.
Khalsa actually started well, Craig Bannister signalled a bit of intent on five minutes with an effort from range that flew over the crossbar and a handful of telling crosses from the flanks caused some concern to the home side.
But the first nail went into the coffin on eight minutes, Luke Shearer surrendering possession in a dangerous position, Coleshill broke and Dean Rathbone – so often Khalsa’s tormentor – finished to make it 1-0.
Coleshill held firm, happy to control possession and keep the sting out of the tie. Yusifu Ceesay had the ball in the net on 40 minutes but was flagged for offside.
The game really ended on 42 minutes as a contest, emergency defender Brad Lawley turning a tormenting Reece Leek cross into his own net to shatter Khalsa and force a swift rewriting of the half-time team talk.
The second half was an open affair, Ceesay forcing Coleshill keeper Paul Hathaway to hold a shot on the turn seven minutes at the restart before Jordan Nadat fired a good opportunity straight at Tom Turner at the other end almost immediately afterwards.
Ceesay continued to be a menace, cutting in on 68 minutes and firing a shot just over and ten minutes later Nadat had an absolutely golden opportunity to put the game beyond reach, blazing over a Rathbone cross when it seemed easy to score.
Ceesay and Meese both had chances as Khalsa continued to push but it was to no avail. Turner kept Nadat at bay again in the dying moments before the final whistle blew to huge celebrations amongst the home fans as they progressed into the semis, just two games from Wembley.
Sportin Khalsa: Tom Turner, Tim Jackson, Joe Rogers, Brad Lawley, Tes Robinson (captain), Dave Meese (Matt Martin), Mike Perks, Marvin Nisbett, Luke Shearer (Fabrice Kasiama), Craig Bannister (Simeon Townsend), Yusifu Ceesay. Subs not used: Mihai Gherasim, Johnny Haynes.