For the second Saturday running, a last minute free-kick special earned Ian Rowe’s men three points from a tight game.
Although the home side’s slick passing and possession football was something to admire, they had very few tangible efforts on Sam Arnold’s goal while Khalsa looked like they would rue a string of missed opportunities. Mykel Beckley – who would be the hero for Khalsa in the closing stages – missed a reasonably routine chance on 11 minutes, heading a probing cross by Alex Woodhouse over.
On 24 minutes he had another golden opening, home keeper Jake King producing a good save to charge down Beckley’s effort when put clear through.
At the other end, Alex Read had a similar opening but Arnold produced a good save to keep the stalemate. Beckley completed a hat-trick of wasted opportunities on 29 minutes, a delightful centre by Mensah Kinch somehow bundled over the bar with the goal gapping.
It was the woodwork which denied Khalsa on 40 minutes, a Woodhouse corner swirling into the goalmouth and eluding everybody, only to bounce back off the post to safety.
The second half saw much of the same, Ben Last having a great opportunity on 58 minutes as his mazy run looked like an opportunity to pull the trigger only for the ball to get tangled in his feet. Khalsa went down to ten men on 77 minutes, Woodhouse seeing red for a high foot which was punished with a second yellow card.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Khalsa continued to push with substitute Danico Johnson’s arrival signalling a change in the approach up front. In the dying moments, Shawn Boothe helped Khalsa win a free kick just outside the box which Beckley stepped up to take.
The effort flew past King and into the net to give Khalsa what had looked an unlikely victory.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Leon Miles, Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Woodhouse, Dave Meese, Josh Thomas (Dan Lomas), Jack Jeys (Luke Adams), Mykel Beckley, Mensah Kinch (Danico Johnson)