Khalsa’s week of woe continued with a disappointing defeat at home to mid-table Long Eaton which was tainted further by another dismissal, this time for Jak Jeys.
In truth, Khalsa’s unfamiliar line-up was second in every department throughout the game and the score line could easily have been more brutal.
The visitors took the lead with the first chance of the game, some particularly slipshod defending giving the lively Zak Goodson the opportunity to spring the offside trap and slot home past Sam Arnold.
Danico Johnson set up Jeys for a decent opportunity on a rare excursion forward on 24 minutes which the striker could only scuff wide of the post and on 39 minutes Dan Lomas fired over from the edge of the area after a long free kick was only partially cleared.
The defining moment came with seconds left on the clock in the first half when Jeys was dismissed for a second bookable offense, kicking out at a Long Eaton player after the ball had gone.
The ten-men of Khalsa admittedly came out looking brighter in the second half.
Dave Meese had two opportunities, one a header and the other a shot just ten minutes apart, both forcing brilliant saves from keeper Scott Low and which, in another universe, might have changed the game. Khalsa would rue those missed opportunities on 69 minutes when a well-worked free kick routine benefitted from a slightly fortuitous deflection and enabled Rackeem Reid to double the visitors’ lead.
Long Eaton created more opportunities – substitute Ryan Head shot over the bar after dispossessing Luke Adams and Charlie Scanlon’s shot which forced a good save from Arnold being the most notable.
A 92nd minute consolation goal by substitute Kyle Brady for Khalsa was, actually, little consolation as a second defeat in four days was signalled moments later by the referee’s whistle.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Luke Adams, Alex Melbourne (Josh Thomas), Leon Miles, Carlo Franco (captain), Mike Perks, Mensah Kinch, Dave Meese, Jak Jeys, Danico Johnson (Kyle Brady), Dan Lomas.