23rd Jul, 2019

Sorry Town suffer hammering in FA Cup

Malvern Editorial 19th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN Town crashed out of the FA Cup as Sporting Khalsa ran out emphatic winners at the HDanywhere Community Stadium.

The home fans were left stunned as Khalsa ran riot with goals from Craig Bannister, David Meese and Mensah Kinch to move 3-0 in front.

Tesfa Robinson added a fourth after the break before Bannister

completed the rout in the extra preliminary round.

Having suffered a 6-0 defeat to the reigning West Midlands Regional League champions last season, Town were expecting a tough afternoon.

And so it proved as Khalsa fired in a low free kick which Malvern cleared off the line before a 35-yard shot from Bannister forced a stunning stop from Chas Weaver.

Bannister’s strike came just two minutes after coming on as a replacement for captain Lee Wherton and he continued his immediate impact with the opener.

With half an hour gone, Bannister curled the ball into the top corner of the net to give his side the lead.

This then opened the floodgates as Meese netted from close range before Kinch turned and placed the ball neatly into the bottom corner.

The second half did not look like getting any better for Les Jones’ side as Robinson headed home from a corner.

Despite facing a 4-0 deficit, Malvern continued to plug away and in the 70th minute produced their best move of the match.

Louis Loader, Jack Cullity and Anthony Smith combined before the latter’s shot was saved by James Pemberton.

Another chance fell to Matt Turner, but he was unable to beat Pemberton and with ten minutes to go Khalsa sealed their place in the next round.

After Malvern’s defence gave the ball away, Bannister chipped Weaver and planted the ball into the net.

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