Two of the Midland Football League’s heavyweights fought out an enthralling contest in the FA Vase with Bromsgrove keeper Reece Francis proving the hero with a late penalty save to earn his side passage to the next round.
This was a pulsating and high energy contest, albeit one with few genuine goalscoring opportunities.
And then Craig Bannister rifled into the side netting on 20 minutes after Beckley broke clear and then held up the ball before teeing up his strike partner.
Bromsgrove had a huge penalty shout on 31 minutes, Holt appearing to block the ball in the area with his arm, only for the referee to wave play on.
With moments to go before the half time whistle, a Beckley cross from the right agonisingly flashed across goal, eluding all Khalsa players’ attempts to connect. Holt tried what would surely have been the goal of the season within moments of the restart, a volley from all of 40 yards almost catching Francis unawares.
Bannister rattled the crossbar with a freekick on the hour for the home side but Bromsgrove broke the deadlock on 70 minutes, a great piece of build up play ending with a fine back post header by Jack Wilson.
Almost immediately Khalsa might have been back in it, Marvin Nisbett connecting with a deep Holt cross but unable to put on target.
Then with ten minutes on the clock came the defining moment, Nisbett was hacked down in the box and up stepped Khalsa top scorer Dave Meese to take the penalty. Francis guessed right and parried the effort away for what was Khalsa’s final real opportunity to get back into the match.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Luke Adams (Rikardo Reid), Leon Miles, Tes Robinson (captain), Mike Perks, Liam Holt, Dave Meese, Mykel Beckley (Lewis McPike), Marvin Nisbett, Craig Bannister (Shawn Boothe). Subs not used: Johnnie Haynes, Christian Henry.