PREVIEW- First Line of Defence: Sporting Khalsa

Updated: Jan 7, 2020

Gresley return to the Moat Ground midweek as they take on high-flying Sporting Khalsa.

After their spirited 1-1 draw away at Boldmere St Michaels the Moatmen return to the Moat Ground with the hope that they can claim all three points against Sporting Khalsa. Gresley will be hoping that they can end a run of three games without a win here.

Khalsa currently sit in an impressive third in the table with 37 points from 19 games thus far this season. A win, presuming Flowserve do not beat Coventry Sphinx, will take Khalsa to the top of the division with Coventry United not playing on Tuesday night. Gresley, however, are looking at the other end of the table, a win taking them to within one point of 18th placed Lye Town.

A Look at the Opposition:

Sporting Khalsa have prospered in an excellent season for the club. Well in the mix for promotion contention, Khalsa made a statement in their last game - comfortably defeating Walsall Wood 3-0. This was an important result considering their last game had been a convincing 4-1 defeat at promotion rivals, Newark Flowserve.

It hasn’t been all plain sailing for the promotion contenders however, as their home form has been the centre of their success. Away from home it’s been a different story, their last victory coming on 28th September 2019 in a 2-0 win at Racing Club Warwick.

This will certainly give Gresley motivation that they can claim all three points as the Moatmen are unbeaten in their last two games at the Moat Ground - a 3-0 win over Walsall Wood being followed up by a 3-3 draw with Coventry Sphinx.

The two sides have not met so far this season with the return fixture being scheduled for the 28th March, later this year.

One to Watch: Gurjit Singh

Somebody the home side will have to be on their guard for is the threatening Gurjit Singh. Khalsa’s star man has scored seven goals in just 13 appearances in the league - highlighting his clinical edge in front of goal.

A Look at the Manager:

The manager of Sporting Khalsa at the moment is Ian Rowe. In fact Rowe is well into his sixth season at the helm of the club, and has his sights firmly set upon promotion.

Incredibly, apart from his first season, every campaign has been at this level, and it’s been a story of near misses for the manager. Four of the five seasons in the Midland Premier League has seen Khalsa finish in a very respectable 3rd position.

However, the trend has become tiresome for Rowe who wants to go one step further this time and earn promotion to the next level. Ironically, Gresley’s opponents for Tuesday currently sit third and if Khalsa want to prevent history from repeating itself, then a win at the Moat Ground will be seen as integral to their progression.

The match between Gresley and Sporting Khalsa takes place on Tuesday 7th January 2019 at the Moat Ground at 19:45.

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