Khalsa hang on to deny high-flying Belper

Khalsa’s National League winless streak was extended to five on Saturday, but the Conference North new boys will have taken plenty of comfort from holding high-flying Belper.

The hosts were immediately on the back foot, with Belper opening the scoring in the third minute courtesy James Blackwell’s drag-flick from a penalty corner.

The goal strirred Khalsa into life and they went on to dominate the next 15 minutes, with Jas Singh pulling the strings in midfield.

Alex Idoine finally got Khalsa back on level terms, with his shot from an acute angle ricocheting off the post and keeper before finding its way into the net.

Belper still looked dangerous on the counter-attack and it was from one such break that they restored their advantage, Tom Sherratt slotting home after the initial shot had been saved by keeper Chris Hurst.

Khalsa pressed for an equaliser after the break but Micky Hayer could only hit the keeper after being put clean through.

The second equaliser came when Idoine’s reverse-stick shot proved too hot for the Belper keeper to handle and Anit Chudasama pounced at the far post to turn home the loose ball.

Khalsa had to play out the final five minutes of the match with nine men after two consecutive yellow cards, but brave tackling and composed play from Amritpal Atwal enabled them to hold on for a point.

William Kenney-Herbert scored the Khalsa goal as the 2nds were held to a 1-1 draw by Stourport in Midlands One, while goals from Sanj Hayer (4) and Raghbir Singh Hayer earned the 3rds a 5-3 win at Streetly.

Warwick men’s 1sts are still searching for their first victory of the season after going down to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Burton in Midlands One.

Warwick were unable to convert any of their 15 short corners, with Harrison Bryce and Ollie Walmsley spurning the best of their chances, and were made to pay when Burton twice scored against the run of play.

As they chased the game, Warwick took off their keeper and had two players dismissed, allowing Burton to add a third with minutes remaining.

Two first-half goals set Warwick 2nds on their way to a 2-1 success over a tough Bournville side.

John MacDonald finished off a smart short-corner move to open the scoring before captain Claudio Cardellino added the second from close range.

Bournville halved the deficit shortly before the break, but Warwick held on to claim victory.

Warwick 5ths moved to the top of South-West Two with a hard-earned 2-0 win over Stratford 5ths.

Stratford failed to record a shot on goal, but a stout defensive effort restricted Warwick to just two goals, scored by Andy Griffin and Steve McCarty.

Warwick Ladies 1sts are being kept off the bottom of Midlands Feeder West by goal difference after a third defeat in four, this time at the hands of visitors Uttoxeter.

Warwick started brightly but found themselves a goal down at the break and suffered further misery in the second half, with Uttoxeter adding a second against the run of play after the home side had thrown on an extra attacker in search of an equaliser.

Warwick’s ladies’ 2nds saw their lead evaporate three times on their way to a 4-3 defeat against Stratford Ladies. Liz Holding, Vicky Alison and captain Marije Tunnicliffe all gave Warwick the advantage, but Stratford hit back to equalise every time before conjuring up a late winner.

The ladies’ 4ths were also the victims of a late winner, with Edgbaston 5ths scoring from a short corner with 30 second remaining to claim a 2-1 win.

Ellie Salmon had earlier put Warwick in front before the break.

A last-minute penalty-corner strike from Becky Lascelles salvaged Leamington Ladies 1sts a 1-1 draw at Burton.

Leamington had looked to be heading for defeat after conceding a break-away goal just before the break.

However, Lascalles’ late intervention ensured the points were shared.

Leamington’s ladies 2nds also hit back to earn a 1-1 draw, with a thunderous Faye Weston-Howkins strike earning them a point at Stratford.

The thirds continued their winning streak in Warwickshire Division Three, with Mhairi Dunn scoring twice in their 6-0 success over Coventry City & University.

Liz Solomon, Jo Bevan, Kerry Jones and Debbie Burton completed the scoring.

Leamington men’s 2nds, meanwhile conceded two goals on the break on the way to a 2-1 defeat against Kidderminster.

Debutant Oliver Hopley was on the mark for Leamington.

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