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.