Hockey
Khalsa enjoy first National victory

Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 01/11 08:52

Khalsa 3 Wakefield 1

KHALSA celebrated their first National League Conference North victory with a fully deserved success over fellow newly-promoted Wakefield at St Nicholas Park on Saturday.

Both sides were introduced to Warwick district council chairman councillor Michael Kinson before the game and Khalsa, who had drawn their previous four matches, started brightly with an early chance falling to Gurminder Ghattaura whose shot was easily saved.

Jasminder Singh continued to link up well with Ghattaura to pose plenty of problems for the Wakefield defence.

Khalsa’s forward line of Anit Chudasama and Amritpal Atwal worked well, especially when winning the first short corner from which Aaron Nagra was denied by a fantastic save.

Khalsa enjoyed plenty of good possession through the efforts of Jay Nagra, Sean Robinson and Chris Darling, while Ben Stephenson’s tireless running in midfield created space for the likes of Scott Cordon and Jo Colantonio.

Khals deservedly opened the scoring througgh Colantonio who was on hand to tap in at the far post after a powerful shot from Ghattaura was parried by the keeper.

Khalsa stepped up the tempo and the lead was quickly doubled from a short corner with Aaron Nagra placing his shot into the roof of the net.

Wakefield came more into the game after the break but Chris Hurst, who was a virtual spectator in the first half, was alert to the danger while short corners were well defended by Scott Angliss.

Khalsa strengthened their grip with a neat finish from Amritpal Atwal.

Shortly after Wakefield were reduced to ten men but Khalsa were unable to exploit the advantage.

Indeed, Wakefield kept plugging away and were rewarded with a well struck consolation effort from the top of the circle but Khalsa comfortably held on to claim an historic Men’s National League success.

Khalsa have no game this weekend but they return to action with a home match against Preston on Sunday, November 11.

The 2nds made hard work of edging out rock-bottom Warwick University 4-3.

A hat-trick of penalty corners from Parvinder Singh Sangha gave Khalsa a 3-1 interval lead but the University hit back to level in the second half.

Victory was clinched in the closing stages when skipper Andrew Pell popped up to convert a well worked short corner.

Table-topping Khalsa 3rds maintained their 100 per cent record with an impressive 5-1 victory at Old Wulfrunians.

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