Sporting Khalsa vs Bilston Town



Sporting Khalsa


  • Craig Bannister - 2 goal(s)
  • Marvin Nisbett - 1 goal(s)

Bilston Town


23rd January 2015 | 3:00 pm
Aspray Arena


Craig Bannister – brilliant brace for Banner.

A brilliant brace by Craig Bannister helped Sporting Khalsa strengthen their hold on third place in the league against neighbours Bilston.

It took until the final moments before Bilston mustered their first effort on the Sporting Khalsa goal, with James Pemberton denying Isaac Megoe what would have been a harsh consolation.

Bilston succeeded in shutting up shop in the first half, aided by some wasteful Khalsa finishing in front of goal.

Bannister might have opened the scoring on six minutes, a quick Lee Wherton free-kick setting the striker free in the penalty area and allowing him to fire a shot just wide from a challenging angle.

Marvin Nisbett had a much easier opportunity four minutes later, man of the match Mike Perks winning a vital interception and setting the striker free, only for him to fluff his lines in front of goal and miss his one-on-one.

On the half hour both Paul Henley and Nisbett had chances to convert during a scramble caused by Wherton’s probing corner and three minutes later Henley hit the post as he pushed forward for a free kick.

Having been unable to break down Bilston in the first half, Khalsa came out even more determined in the second half. In the first couple of minutes Nisbett and Bannister both put efforts into the side netting when they might have done better and two minutes later Perks hit a scorching long-range effort that Bilston keeper James Guttings had to claw to safety.

Bannister finally got the breakthrough on 55 minutes, hitting a scorching unstoppable volley from the edge of the penalty area past the driving grasp of Guttings. Five minutes later, Nisbett doubled the lead, lobbing the keeper after muscling his way clear of the defense.

The match was effectively over as a contest on 68 minutes when Bannister curled a freekick low past the wall and into the bottom corner. The final stages were livened up when 43-year-old Pete Wood left his position coaching in the dug-out to make his comeback at centre-half as a substitute for Carlo Franco for the last 15 minutes.