Belper Hockey Club's perfect home record ruined by Khalsa
BELPER have lost their unbeaten home record – and, according to captain Sam Hawkes, the Nailers were guilty of playing lazy hockey against Conference North newcomers Khalsa.
Two goals in the space of 35 minutes put Khalsa 2-0 up before veteran forward Nick Morris pulled a goal back for Belper.
And despite having the majority of possession, the Nailers couldn't convert their chances, meaning their unbeaten home run in 2013 came to a shuddering halt.
Hawkes said: "We didn't deserve to beat Khalsa.
Orders taken over £2000 , will receive £100 off and the option to take 2 years interest free credit
Terms: £100 off only on orders over £2000 with the option to take 2 years interest free credit , this offer ends bank holiday Monday 27th may 4 pm , this voucher must be printed and presented on ordering .
Contact: 01332 419898
Valid until: Monday, May 27 2013
"We were unable to make the most of the chances we generated and were guilty of playing lazy hockey at times.
"We need to up our game and preparation ahead of this weekend's trip to Wakefield."
Khalsa had caused Belper problems earlier in the season, holding them to a 2-2 draw with the Nailers feeling aggrieved not to have taken all three points, considering the amount of possession they had.
They set out to ensure there would be no repeat of this and with coach Duncan Woods having a full squad available for the first time this year, the former England international was able to choose his preferred starting line-up.
However, his plan came unstuck as early as the fourth minute when Khalsa took the lead.
Khalsa's ex-GB international Scott Corden set up Alex Idoine, who was beaten to the ball by Hawkes.
The umpire awarded a Khalsa free hit as Hawkes hadn't given the receiving player five yards and it was from this that Idoine beat three players, before unleashing a fierce shot past Neill Slane from 12 yards.
Clearly not expecting this, Belper reacted by going straight on the attack.
They pressed forward in numbers when in control of the ball but far too many of their players were caught out by flat stick tackles.
They did, though, manage a couple of efforts on goal with Morris and Steve Batten testing the visiting keeper on a couple of occasions.
With Khalsa reduced to relieving the pressure through long balls and aerial attacks, the Belper defence felt little pressure.
However, just before half-time the inevitable happened as a hopeful long ball found the lively Idoine.
The ball then brushed against a Belper defender's foot in the circle and Khalsa were awarded a penalty corner. It was from this that Aaron Nagra scored Khalsa's second of the afternoon.
The Nailers were frustrated at being two goals down at half-time and started the second half on the attack, with Batten causing Khalsa problems.
It wasn't until the 53rd minute, though, that Belper finally unlocked the Khalsa defence with Morris tapping home from close range.
With the Nailers back in the game, they reverted to pushing forward too much in search of an equaliser. Khalsa, keen to hang on to their slender lead, defended three Belper penalty corners in quick succession and the game petered out with the Nailers unable to convert any clean-cut opportunities for the forward line.
Coach Woods said: "Khalsa came with a game plan to defend and they succeeded in doing this.
"However, we should have more than enough quality and experience to be able to read this and adapt accordingly."