Nagra holds his nerve to net a hat-trick of short corners

Khalsa celebrate another Aaron Nagra short corner goal on their way to victory over Bournville. Picture: Jass Lall
Khalsa celebrate another Aaron Nagra short corner goal on their way to victory over Bournville. Picture: Jass Lall

An Aaron Nagra hat-trick fired Khalsa to a 4-2 victory over a determined Bournville side in the Midlands Premier.

Bournville were first to threaten, with an early penalty corner well saved by Elliot Rider.

The visitors opened the scoring after a scrappy clearance fell to an unmarked player who tapped the ball into the far corner.

Khalsa responded with excellent link-up play between Jas Singh and David Harris almost fashioning a chance for the latter.

Bournville were growing in confidence and created several short corners which were well dealt with by the Khalsa defence.

The visitors almost doubled their tally but a smart deflection by Sean Robinson steered the ball on to the post and away from danger.

After a poor first half, Khalsa, inspired by Gurminder Ghattaura, began the second period with better intensity.

They reaped the reward when Nagra stepped up to convert a short corner to bring them level.

A piercing run from Stuart Gooderham was then ended illegally, with Nagra putting the resultant short corner into the opposite corner.

Spurred on by this shift in momentum, Mandeep Sandhar and Amritpal Atwal linked up to set up David Harris at the top of the circle for Khalsa’s third.

A slip from Sean Robinson allowed Bournville to reduce the deficit against the run of play and it needed a stunning save from Rider to deny the visitors an equaliser.

With the game now on a knife edge, clever play from Sav Lall forced another short corner, with Nagra slotting home to complete his hat-trick