Sporting Khalsa vs Sleaford Town

FA VASE THIRD ROUND

5

Sporting Khalsa

Draw

5

Sleaford Town

Draw

3rd December 2016 | 3:00 pm
Aspray Arena

Recap

Mensah Kinch - equalised for Khalsa just before half time.
Mensah Kinch – equalised for Khalsa just before half time.

Khalsa and Sleaford must do it all again on Wednesday night after a ten-goal thriller at the Aspray Arena in the FA Vase third round.

In a game where it’s fair to say neither defence came out with much credit, the visitors took the lead after five minutes, Ryan Oliver turning home after a reasonably routine set-piece into the box caused bedlam.

Debutant Fabrice Kasiama equalised for Khalsa on 16 minutes, lashing home from just inside the box after Brad Lawley’s shot had been blocked.

Sleaford regained their lead on 30 minutes, Joe Braithwaite heading home unmarked after a shot was deflected, but Khalsa went in level when Mensah Kinch slotted into the net just before the half-time whistle.

Yet more horror defending allowed Ryan Rushen to put Sleaford back ahead on 72 minutes with a good drive from outside the box which really ought not to have got to the position it did.

And Khalsa’s chances looked slim with ten minutes to go when Carlo Franco was dismissed for denying a goal scoring opportunity.

But deep into injury time, captain Tes Robinson popped up, lobbing the keeper while pushed forward and latching onto a Craig Bannister through ball.

The madness continued in extra time with Khalsa twice taking the lead, despite their numerical disadvantage, only to be pegged back.

First, Yusifu Ceesay, on as a substitute, fired his first goal for Khalsa from the angle, giving the home side the lead for the first time two minutes into extra time.

But Joe Smith then bundled home from a corner almost immediately to make it 4-4.

Just before the change around, Ceesay scored again to make it 5-4, only for Joe Smith to pop up with his second, turning home after a shot came crashing off the woodwork, to end a fascinating tie all-square.

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