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LIVE: Sporting Khalsa v Worcester City

By Andy Mitchell

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    FT: Khalsa 1 (Beckley 47) City 2 (Lockett 53, Brown 86)
  • DEMETRI Brown’s controversial late winner saw City through to the last 16 of the Midland Football League Cup with a 2-1 success at Sporting Khalsa.
  • Liam Lockett’s clever short corner found substitute Chris Withington on the corner of the box with Brown getting a telling touch in front of the line.
  • Home skipper Carlo Franco handled on the line but Khalsa vehemently claimed it had already struck the City’s striker’s arm.
  • It completed a comeback from behind in a fast-paced, hammer-and-tongs contest between two changed teams.
  • Mykel Beckley put Khalsa in front within two minutes of the second half starting only for Lockett, who provided more effervescent work, to level six minutes after that.
  • Marco Adaggio, bright and full of running throughout, had an early chance having sprung the offside trap and lobbed just wide of the post with keeper Sam Arnold in no man’s land.
  • Ex-City defender Mark Smith was at the heart of Khalsa’s backline and skimmed the post with a free header across goal, while Marvin Nisbett should have converted an inviting free-kick at the far post 10 minutes before the interval.
  • Beckley worked some space and lashed high across the exposed Dan Jezeph to put the hosts one up.
  • City found some fluency straightaway and had overran Khalsa in the build up to the second, Lockett having a goal-bound shot hacked off the line by Franco only for Joel Caines to recycle and Jordan Harrison to cut back from the right of the box for Lockett to slam high into the net at the near post.
  • The persistent Adaggio got a nudge on to play Harrison in behind but he lacked belief while winning the footrace with Arnold and allowed the stopper to cut out the danger.
  • Adaggio then had a glorious chance of his own, threaded through on the break by Lockett’s precision pass only to lob across goal and just over the stranded Arnold.
  • Khalsa had close calls at the other end, firing in crosses that Sam Hall read to perfection time and time again, although a breakthrough at one end or the other felt likely.
  • And the decisive moment duly arrived with Brown’s goal preventing the need for the penalty shootout.

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