FOOTBALL: A NERVY win against Shepshed Dynamo couldn’t be followed up as Coventry United slipped to a heavy 3-0 loss to promotion candidates Sporting Khalsa.
The loss dents United’s hopes of promotion and puts them out of the top five having secured 24 points from 14 matches.
United were first to act on Saturday as Tommy Glasscoe saw his shot from inside the area go narrowly over the bar.
It wasn’t long until Khalsa started to show signs of intent though when Kyle Brady beat the offside trap to slot the ball low into the corner to open Khalsa’s account on three minutes.
The early breakthrough prompted the hosts to push forward, and soon they were in search of a second when Brady almost bagged a brace when his low drive whistled past the post.
Further chances for Craig Bannister and Tesfa Robinson went wide as United were forced to weather a heavy Khalsa storm.
The half ended 1-0, Khalsa very much on top at this moment.
Neither side made changes at half time as Craig Reid put the first meaningful chance on goal on 52 minutes.
Mitchell Piggon continued United’s ascending trend when he met a cross inside the area. But his header went horribly wide as Khalsa were granted a life.
Controversy came into play on 60 minutes when Craig Reid thought he had earned United a penalty after being pushed. But the referee waved play on.
Khalsa responded by breaking with pace on 67 minutes as David Meese was set free and through on goal, but his strike was sent straight at United keeper Richard Morris.
The hosts sealed the points with ten minutes to go, though, when Liam Holt’s deep cross was met by Bannister, who steered the ball into the back of the net to double his side’s lead.
It got worse for United six minutes later when Liam Holt beat Morris to bag Khalsa’s third goal.
United are next in action on Saturday against Quorn FC in the FA Vase.