Khalsa must do it all again on Tuesday in the FA Cup after squandering a two-goal lead against fellow Midland Football League outfit Stourport Swifts.
Khalsa were quickest out of the blocks, Leon Miles forcing a good save by Dominic Richards on two minutes and then Marvin Nisbett’s effort was blocked by the keeper. At the other end Miles came to Khalsa’s rescue, blocking a Matt Fulloway shot before it was the turn of keeper Tom Turner to deny the same player.
On 30 minutes, the pressure finally paid off, Simeon Townsend rounding the keeper to open the scoring following some neat build-up play.
Turner was called into action to deny Ben Maund shortly afterwards but then Khalsa doubled their lead on 42 minutes, Bannister firing home a free-kick in off the crossbar.
It was Khalsa with the pressure in the early stages of the second half, Perks and Townsend both having decent opportunities.
But the tide began to turn after Khalsa lost Mykel Beckley to a hamstring injury and struggled to change shape. Swifts hit the woodwork in quick succession before Fulloway pulled a goal back on 76 minutes.
A minute from time, Jim Hanson pounced to earn an unlikely result for the visitors and what was a dreadful day for Ian Rowe’s men could have turned into a disaster when Sam Beasley fired wide in the dying moments when it was probably easier to score.
Sporting Khalsa: Tom Turner, Carlo Franco, Jonathan Haynes, Tes Robinson (captain), Brad Lawley (Keenan Meakin-Richards), Marvin Nisbett, Craig Bannister, Simeon Townsend, Mykel Beckley (Fabrice Kasiama), Mike Perks. Subs not used: Shawn Boothe, Calum Cooper, Lewis McPike, Christian Henry, Mihai Gherasim.