Make no mistake, this was a long, long way from a Christmas cracker. In fact, this was as dull as dull can possibly be with two sluggish sides battling out a goalless draw. With Khalsa technically the home side at Castecroft, this one did very little to shake off any hangovers.
Sam Arnold was responsible for stopping probably the closest thing to a goal on 15 minutes, a goalmouth scramble ended with ex-Khalsa striker Nick Turton getting a last touch and forcing a decent save. At the other end Mike Perks forced Wulfrunians keeper John Bateman into a smart save on 24 minutes after Dave Meese and Mensah Kinch had caused bother for the visitors.
Kyle Brady and Nathan Waite both had opportunities before the game ran out of what little steam it had after just half an hour.
From there, it was very turgid stuff. Brady was, for the most part, the extent of the threat on either side, his opportunity on 48 minutes virtually the only notable action of the second half. Even this potential threat died out on the hour when Brady was sent off for calling the referee a naughty name.
Very much one to forget.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Alex Melbourne, Luke Adams, Shawn Boothe (captain), Leon Miles, Dave Meese, Mensah Kinch, Marvin Nisbett (Josh Thomas), Nathan Waite (Mykel Beckley), Kyle Brady. Subs not used: Mark Branch, Craig Bannister, Dan Lomas.