TEN-man Worcester City crashed to a 4-0 defeat at high-flying Sporting Khalsa in the Midland Football League Premier Division.

Footballer-turned-boxer Craig Jones celebrated a double success with City on the pitch and in the ring last weekend but today he was sent off in the first half.

Defender Jones was red carded for a foul in the penalty area on 38 minutes at Aspray Arena, Willenhall.

Keeper Dan Jezeph saved the initial spot-kick but Khalsa's Liam Armstrong fired home the 40th-minute rebound to put the home side ahead.


Previously, City had gone close with Josh Willis having a shot gathered while Jordan Harrison and Chris Withington sent efforts off target.

Khalsa missed with a close-range header and defender Sam Hall blocked another shot.


City tried to attack with 10 men in the second period but conceded a second penalty and Josh Mckenzie beat Jezeph from the spot on 53 minutes.

A strong header at the far post from Mckenzie made it 3-0 on the hour mark.

Liam Lockett and Dimitri Brown tried to hit back for City but Khalsa held off the visitors.

Another header for the hosts from George Taylor completed the scoring eight minutes from time.

Khalsa are second in the table, two points behind leaders Walsall Wood with a game in hand.

City are 12th in the 20-team division with three wins, three defeats and a draw from the first seven fixtures, scoring 11 and conceding 13 on the way.

Worcester, who had been unbeaten in four games with three wins and a draw before today, visit FA Cup conquerors Heather St John's next Saturday (3pm).

City: Jezeph, Caines, Okojie (C Smith 16), Jones, Hall, Withington, Lockett, Birch, Harrison (Ruddock 79), Brown, Willis. Subs not used: English, Bajrami, Mewies.

Attendance: 130.