Khalsa came up short against Evo Stick West Division outfit Newcastle Town to exit the Staffordshire Senior Cup despite the home side playing 50 minutes of the game with ten men.
Any game plan to try and overcome the three division gap went out the window quickly. Town were quickly out of the blocks and a fine cross from Alex Morris was headed home at the far post by Sam Wilson after just five minutes.
The visitors had a goal by Alex Melbourne shortly afterwards ruled out for offside before Aaron Bott fired wide for Castle at the other end.
Khalsa’s efforts were finally rewarded when David Meese fired home on 28 mins.
However, the fightback wasn’t to last long. The home side got back in front when a corner from James Lee was deftly flicked home by skipper James Askey. Town extended their lead five minutes later when Aaron Bott latched on to a through ball and flicked it over the defender before smashing the ball across the keeper into the far corner.
Newcastle were reduced to ten men just before the break when centre forward Matt Thomas was perhaps harshly dismissed for the use of an elbow.
Khalsa endeavoured to get back into the game after the break and capitalise on their numerical advantage but Castle’s defence held firm with keeper Raajan Gill saving well on two occasions to deny Kyle Brady and Rikardo Reid while, on the break, Sam Wilson and Will Bailey went close at the other end.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Mark Branch, Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Dave Meese, Alex Melbourne, Marvin Nisbett, Mykel Beckley, Rikardo Reid, Kyle Brady. Subs not used: Dequon Ebanks, Liam Holt, Leon Miles.