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Shenstone Pathfinder FC 2 Sporting Khalsa FC 3

Shenstone Pathfinder slipped to defeat against unbeaten Sporting Khalsa despite taking the lead in the game.

Jay Dinham

Jay Dinham

A free kick from Steve White after 20 minutes was pounced upon by Jay Dinham who slipped past the oncoming Khalsa keeper.

But Shenstone’s habit of giving away leads came back to haunt them soon after and on the half hour mark a scramble in the box wasn’t dealt with and the ball was stabbed home from close range.

Five minutes later a poor clearance by keeper Dan Clenton saw a needless foul given away on the edge of the box. The resulting free kick was expertly curled in off the far post leaving Clenton helpless.

To round off a mad five minutes Pathfinder went 3-1 down after some good interchange play by the Khalsa forwards saw a shot fly into the bottom corner.

With centre forward Dinham going off injured just before half time, manager Chris Whitehouse introduced 16-year-old Seb Finkle and his impact was immediate as his pace caused Khalsa problems and his through ball was finished well by Mike Mayo to end a thrilling first half 2-3.

The second half saw Pathfinder pushing for an equaliser and Finkle’s pace was at the forefront of their attacks. He was unlucky not to equalise when he had a shot cleared off the line early on and looked a constant threat.

Khalsa had their own attacks and were unlucky not to make it 4-2 when a header hit the post late on, but the score remained 2-3 at the final whistle.

Pathfinder travel to another high-flying side in Penncroft next Saturday (September 25) at Aldersley Stadium, kick off 3pm.

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