Sporting Khalsa vs Lye Town

Total Motion Midland Football League


Sporting Khalsa



Lye Town


10th February 2018 | 3:00 pm
Castlecroft Stadium


Mykel Beckley – started the fightback from the penalty spot.

A world-class last-minute free-kick winner by Jak Jeys proved an unlikely end to a match which, for the most part, was a forgettable affair. The free-kick which crashed in off the crossbar was almost the last kick of a game which was scrappy and lacking in anything resembling quality.

The first half in particular was turgid stuff, almost nothing of note around either goalmouth with the honourable exception of a Brandon Hague effort which forced a good save from Khalsa keeper Sam Arnold.

The second half continued in much the same way, a rare Khalsa effort on goal by Alex Woodhouse after good work down the left by Josh Thomas after three minutes of the second half proving a bit of a false dawn.

Perhaps the best example of the game to that stage came on 59 minutes when a fruitless handball shout in the box saw Lye able to begin a seven on two break which seemed destined for a goal, only for Simon Williams to woefully misplace his pass straight through to the keeper with Khalsa exposed.

But all was forgiven seconds later, Hague firing Lye ahead with a smart finish from outside the area after a break down the left. Dave Meese almost equalised for Khalsa moments later, connecting with a Craig Bannister cross but putting the ball just the wrong side of the post. It was looking like a surprise win for the visitors until the 80th minute when Jeys burst into the box and his goalbound effort was blocked by a Lye hand.

Mykel Beckley stepped up and fired the penalty home to draw the home side level.

Meese almost grabbed the winner just inside injury time, curling a shot from the edge of the area and forcing a fine save from Turner to tip it wide of the post.

With the referee looking at his watch, Khalsa earned a freekick just outside the box.

Up stepped Jeys, still buoyant from his four-goal debut against Worcester City, who placed the free-kick in the top right-hand corner in off the woodwork to earn Ian Rowe’s men the three points in a tight top six at the top of the table.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Luke Adams (Mykel Beckley), Alex Melbourne, Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Woodhouse, Dave Meese, Mike Perks (Josh Thomas), Craig Bannister (Danico Johnson), Jak Jeys, Mensah Kinch.

First team results 2017-18