Sporting Khalsa vs Coventry Sphinx

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Sporting Khalsa



Coventry Sphinx


27th March 2018 | 7:45 pm
Castlecroft Stadium


Kyle Brady – had opportunities to win it for Khalsa

Khalsa ended their alarming run of defeats with a draw against Coventry Sphinx in a scrappy and untidy game which, in the end they should really have won.

Very powerful penalty shouts in each half for either side which sparked huge protests were waved away by the referee and underlined the disjointed nature of the clash which, until the dying stages, was largely devoid of action.

Indeed until Aaron Donaldson appeared to be brought down in the box after 25 minutes, only for the appeals to be dismissed, very little of note occurred.

Sphinx keeper Jack Tregartha – who performed admirably to keep Khalsa at bay – saved an effort by Dave Meese on the half hour and Shawn Boothe’s header was wasteful from the following corner.

Four minutes later, Sam Arnold produced a great point-blank save to deny Charlie Faulkner who had carved a great opportunity for himself.

The second half was an improvement, eventually sparking into life about half way through.

On 54 minutes Liam Holt rampaged into the box down the left flank and fired a shot that beat Tregartha but was cleared off the line by Rhys Deehan. Moments later, an Alex Melbourne looping header appeared goal-bound until Tregartha produced a fine stop.

Breaking at the other end, Aaron Donaldson fired a shot just wide before the second of the two contentious decisions was waved away when substitute Callum Cooper was felled in the box.

With ten minutes to go, Kyle Brady lashed an effort off the Coventry crossbar from an angle, the closest the deadlock came to be being broken.

Tregartha made another important save to deny Leon Miles, saving his header from a corner.

In the final stages, Brady had two good opportunities to seal the win for Khalsa. First he broke free and managed to get his shot away, only to be denied by yet another good block by Tregartha.

And then a minute later, a Cooper shot was well saved by Tregartha but rebounded to the unprepared Brady who was unable to divert the ball goalwards and instead putting it over the crossbar.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Alex Melbourne, Dan Lomas, Shawn Boothe, Leon Miles, Dave Meese, Liam Holt, Alex Woodhouse, Marvin Nisbett (Callum Cooper), Danico Johnson (Jak Jayes), Kyle Brady. Sub not used: Mike Perks

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