Sporting Khalsa FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Venue: Aspray Arena
Well hello one and all. After another pulsating game last week with a 2-1 victory against a very strong Shepshed Dynamo FC side, United today continue their league campaign with an away trip to play high flying Sporting Khalsa at the Aspray Arena. Now we all know that there are no easy games in this league and this one is definitely no different. Khalsa are once again proving to be a decent solid hard working outfit that obviously have title aspirations of their own. They are currently sitting in 3rd place in the league with 34pts from 16 games played only a point behind the leading two teams Bromsgrove and Coleshill respectively.
United manager Terry Anderson will be pleased with his teams improved performances of late and will no doubt be hoping that his team can carry that form on into this game. With a few players leaving and a couple coming in, United will hopefully try to quickly get the team settled and get to work on going on a bit of a good run to try and close the gap on the leading pack. This is going to be a really tough game today and United will have to be at their very best to get anything out of it so fingers crossed and here goes!!!!!
The referee gets the game under way and the tempo is high as both teams go looking for that early breakthrough. United are first to mount an attack and see United’s Tommy Glasscoe shoot high over the bar from the edge of the area in the 2nd minute.
It’s not long though before Khalsa are showing some intent themselves when a long through ball sees the No9 Kyle Brady beat the offside trap and race goal wards before coolly slotting the ball low into the corner of the net for the opening goal of the game in only the 3rd minute.
KHALSA 1 UNITED 0
So the early breakthrough goes to Khalsa and United find themselves a goal down early on and not for the first time this season. The game resumes and is being played at a good pace with both teams eager to get the ball forward.
Khalsa are seeing a bit more of the ball at the moment and create another good chance to increase their lead in the 14th minute. They press forward and a good cross is met by the No9 Kyle Brady and his angled low drive whistles past the post. They are then gifted another chance in the 18th minute after a United defensive lapse lets in the Khalsa No11 Craig Bannister who also sees his shot go wide of the target. With both teams working hard trying to break each other down, they spend the next 14 minutes cancelling each other out before Khalsa’s No5 Tesfa Robinson (captain) heads wide of the target from a Liam Holt free kick in the 32nd minute.
The first booking of the game comes in the 33rd minute when the Khalsa No7 Mensah Kinch is shown a yellow card for a late tackle on United’s Craig Reid. Another yellow card soon follows for Khalsa’s No4 Leon Miles for a hand ball in the 36th minute.
With no further chances being created by either team for the remainder of the first half, the referee soon blows up for half time.
KHALSA 1 UNITED 0
The second half gets under way with neither side making any half time changes. United start the half brightly and win a couple of early free kicks that neither threaten the Khalsa defence before United’s Craig Reid shoots straight at the keeper after a neat turn in the 52nd minute.
Khalsa decide to make a change when they take off the No7 Mensah Kinch and send on ex-United player Mykel Beckley in the 56th minute.
United have definitely seen more of the ball in this half and their best chance so far falls to Mitchell Piggon when he meets a great cross inside the area but from a seemingly certain goal for United, Piggon gets it all wrong and his header goes horribly wide of the target in the 58th minute.
Khalsa then respond with an immediate reply of their own when the No6 Liam Holt sends his shot wide of the target after some neat build up play in the 59th minute.
Then in the 60th minute United thought they had won a penalty when Craig Reid seemed to have been pushed over inside the area but the referee waved his appeals away and play continued.
This is a cracking game of football with both teams giving their all and chances being created at both ends. Khalsa break with pace in the 67th minute when the No8 David Meese is set free and through on goal. With just the keeper to beat he shoots straight at keeper Richard Morris for an easy gather when it looked easier to score. Both teams continue to waste half chances in this exciting end to end game that’s finely balanced.
The 75th minute sees Khalsa’s Mykel Beckley get himself booked for diving inside the area and then in the 76th minute his team mate No6 Liam Holt is booked for a tackle on United’s Tommy Glasscoe.
With the time remaining ebbing away, United decide to make a double change when they take off Gift Mussa and Bobby Moseley and send on Aaron Opoku and Joshua O’Grady in the 78th minute.
With the game now into the last 10 minutes, Khalsa are still looking to seal the pts with another goal. And that’s exactly what they do when they break with pace again after good work from Khalsa’s No6 Liam Holt. Holt’s deep cross is met by the No11 Craig Bannister who in turn steers the ball into the back of the net to give his team a two goal cushion in the 82nd minute.
KHALSA 2 UNITED 0
Now that’s a real kick in the teeth for United as they have worked tirelessly but in vain to get themselves back in the game. United make their final change in the 85th minute when they take off Tommy Glasscoe and send on Robert Prinzel.
The final few minutes are frantic with both sides still contesting this game with vigour before Khalsa’s Mykel Beckley raced clear through on goal but sent his shot well wide when should have perhaps done better in the 87th minute. In the same minute Khalsa make another change when they take off No9 Kyle Brady and send on the No15 Nathan Stone.
In the 88th minute United’s fate is finally sealed when after a Khalsa throw in the ball goes out to the No6 Liam Holt who in turn coolly steered the ball past the keeper Richard Morris for a third Khalsa goal.
KHALSA 3 UNITED 0
Well after that I can safely say that it’s game over for United. More drama was still to come though as while trying to keep up in writing my notes, the referee deemed it necessary to send United manager Terry Anderson off for what though I’m not too sure in the 89th minute.
Khalsa make their final change in the 90th minute when they take off the No11 Craig Bannister and send on the No17 Shawn Boothe. With the game now deep into added time, United’s captain Chris Cox gets himself booked for a late tackle in the 90+5th minute that turned out to be the last action of the game as the referee soon after blew up for full time.
KHALSA 3 UNITED 0
In summing up this game I would have to say TAKING YOUR CHANCES!!!!! Today’s game was a cracking game of football played out by two good sides. The first half was shaded by Khalsa and they got off to a great early start and defended manfully to keep their lead going into the break.
This game went from end to end throughout the whole game and both teams created some great chances to score. If I’m being honest though, I would say that Khalsa had more clear cut chances to score than United. Both teams also had at least one penalty shout each that on another day may have been given. United never gave up but two late goals at the end didn’t really reflect on the closeness of this game.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the No6 Liam Holt for Khalsa as he was involved in most of what Khalsa had to offer. He claimed an assist for the second goal and scored the third himself so well played to him.
For United, Kyle Barnett once again stood up well to a very lively Khalsa forward line who broke well with pace. He cleared many loose ball away and was good in the aerial challenge. For me though today I give my man of the match to Gift Mussa. Gift had to be at his best today to compete with a very tough and agile Khalsa midfield. Gift got stuck in in his usual fashion helping out his defence or supporting the forwards when going on the attack so well played Gift mussa.
Match Stats (United) (Khalsa)
On target (2) (5)
Off target (9) (8)
Corners (5) (1)
Free kicks (19) (13)
Yellow cards (1) (3)
Red cards (1) (0)
Offside (5) (9)