FULL MATCH REPORT
The blackest day result wise for a hopelessly outclassed Lockmen side. Willenhall were first to attack on their second visit to their former home when Eddie Wilson was fed the ball 25 yards out but his effort on three minutes flew wide. Play switched to the other end and Marvin Nisbett, brother of former Lockman favourite Justin, flicked on effort wide from close in after four minutes. The ball was retrieved and recycled, with the cross having to be headed clear by Jamel Fuller. Mensah Kinch was next to show for the home side when he placed an effort wide on seven minutes. The Lockmen attacked again, but their former keeper James Pemberton easily cut out the 16th minute cross into the box. A minute later and Khalsa had a free-kick a yard outside the penalty arc. However, the attempt was wayward. Khalsa won a corner on 23 minutes and from it Tesfa Robinson, a recent signing from Chasetown, headed home unmarked. Mikey Clark then freed Harry Rickus on 34 minutes, but unfortunately his effort was deflected back to the Sporting keeper. Khalsa then won another corner a minute later and the ball was allowed to run all along the area to the far post where Simeon Townsend had no problem thumping the ball home unmarked with nine minutes until the break. Khalsa then appeared to have sewn the game up on 37 minutes when another corner from home skipper Lee Wherton was not dealt with and Nisbet duly knocked in from almost on the line after a poor attempt at clearing had been returned into the six yard area. Pemberton was then quick off his line a minute later as Wilson was played free by a clever ball between centre-half and full-back, he smothered bravely at the midfielder’s feet.
HT SPORTING KHALSA 3-0 WILLENHALL TOWN
The first action after the break saw the home side win a free-kick 15 yards from goal on the right of the area, but Paul Holden dealt with the ball in comfortably. The Lockmen’s world fell apart from the 52nd minute when they charged forward on the attack, only to lose the ball and not chase back. As the home side quickly broke, a foul by a Khalsa player was ignored and the ball was played into the box from wide on the left from Brad Lawley found Craig Bannister, and, unmarked, he finished easily. Number five arrived on 65 minutes when a cross in from sub Chris Rabone found Kinch who somehow back-heel volleyed the ball into the top left hand corner of Ben Holden’s goal. On 67 minutes substitute Ben Hadley fired at Holden, who hit his clearance against the unfortunate Andre Calder for an own-goal. The seventh duly arrived on 74 minutes when Bannister was again left unmarked and tapped into an empty net after Rabone’s cross had evaded the defence after another quick break from a Willenhall attack. On 76 minutes Bannister got his hat-trick when he robbed skipper Paul Holden of the ball after namesake Ben had rolled the ball to him. He then easily rounded the keeper to roll the ball home. On 79 minutes it was nine when Ben Hadley hit an absolute screamer from the tightest of angles. Hadley then doubled his tally and made it double figures when another break from another failed charge up the field from the visitors saw Hadley played through to fire past the keeper. A minute into stoppage time and Rabone hit a screamer from outside the box that flew in via a post after yet another break from a failed Lockmen attack.
FT SPORTING KHALSA 11-0 WILLENHALL TOWN
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By Chris Burton – Match Secretary
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