Sporting Khalsa 3 AFCW 2 (FA Cup)

A second half hat-trick from substitute Craig Bannister consigned AFC Wulfrunians to a 3-2 FA Cup first qualifying round defeat at the hands of fellow Midland League side Sporting Khalsa.


The home side flew out of the blocks and could have been awarded a penalty in the opening minute when Marvin Nisbett went down under challenge from keeper Danny Tipton.


Khalsa continued to threaten but it was Wulfs who took the lead in the 28th minute when Jake Sedgemore’s free kick was powerfully headed home by Ben Jevons.


The goal changed the dynamics of the game and Khalsa struggled to break down a resolute Wulfs defence but all that changed with a double substitution in the 62nd minute with Bannister and Mikey Nelson joining the fray.


Just seven minutes later Nelson set off on a mazy run before setting up Bannister to fire home from just outside the area.


Ten minutes later the pair linked up again with Bannister again the beneficiary to fire Khalsa ahead.


Victory was assured in the first minute of injury time when Nelson put another substitute, Simeon Townsend in the clear. He was brought down as he rounded keeper Tipton, who was dismissed, and Bannister fired home from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick and take his tally to 7 goals from the opening 3 FA Cup ties.


Kyle Brady headed home a late consolation for Wulfs but it’s Khalsa who can look forward to Monday’s second qualifying round draw.


AFC Wulfrunians line up: Tipton, Sedgemore, Bridgen, Ganderton (Chatterjee 81), Waterhouse, Hunt, Gregg (Brady 81), Palmer, Anslow, Webb (Stewart 74), Jevons.


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