Hockey
Khalsa are crowned champions

29/02 Updated: 29/02 14:49

Khalsa 3 Warwick 0

THE champagne corks were popping as Khalsa duly clinched the Midland League Premier Division title by beating neighbours Warwick at St Nicholas Park on Saturday.

Khalsa, who have won 18 straight league games, are worthy champions and they will be relishing the opportunity to compete in the National League next season.

The unbeaten table-toppers were quickly into their stride with in-form striker Gurminder Ghattaura firing an early effort agonisingly wide.

The Khalsa defence of Jay Nagra, Will Kenny-Herbert, Chris Darling and Scot Angliss proved solid, while Aaron Nagra almost broke the deadlock with a shot from a short corner which struck the post.

Warwick had their chances with Jon Byrd going close with an audacious lob, while Ant Baxter twice shot wide and Dave Bryce failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

Khalsa, inspired by ex GB international Scott Cordon plus fellow midfielders Adie Betts and Sean Robinson, eventually made the breakthrough two minutes before the interval.

Jas Singh’s slick stick work in combination with Dharminder Singh’s vision created a short corner from which Aaron Nagra fired home.

Khalsa continued to dominate after the break with Pummi Singh prominent.

Surinder Saini and Mickey Hayer linked up well to care out a chance for Ghattaura who sliced his shot wide.

Khalsa doubled their advantage, and took another step towards being crowned champions when Nagra converted another short corner.

Jay Nagra’s aerial balls continued to pose problems for the visitors and victory was sealed when a sublime move involving Jas Singh, Ghattaura and Hayer ended with the latter rounding the keeper and slotting home.

Khalsa visit Burton this Saturday.

The 2nds triumphed 4-2 at Aldridge & Walsall on Saturday thanks to strikes from man of the match Navdeep Singh Hayer, Sav Lall, Anit Chudasama and Ray Hung.

The 2nds followed up with a 2-1 success at Kings Heath Pickwick via Savan Lall and Ray Hung. Tireless midfielder Andrew Pell took the man of the match award.

Khalsa 3rds went down 3-1 to Old Halesonians despite taking an early lead through Ravinder Singh Bharaj and a man of the match display from Bhupinder Singh Sanghera.

FREE-scoring Warwick 5ths cruised to an emphatic 12-0 victory over rock-bottom Melton 5ths on Saturday.

Man of the match Andy Griffin continued his brilliant season by scoring six goals to which Julian Chronicle 3, Jake Lota 2 and Tom Bickerton added.

Warwick Ladies 2nds came from behind to beat Nuneaton 2-1 thanks to goals from Agatha Poole and Rebecca Howe.

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