The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE FOURTH ROUND - By Tim Joes­bury-Clarke

DAVID MEESE kept his cool to fire Sport­ing Khalsa into the last 16 of the FA Vase for the first time in their his­tory.

The mid­fielder held his nerve as he con­verted a de­ci­sive spot kick 12 min­utes from time to see off the plucky chal­lenge of ten­man Tring Ath­letic.

A re­play had looked on the cards for most of the game as both sides strug­gled to cre­ate chances dur­ing an of­ten scrappy en­counter at the Aspray Arena.

Wil­len­hall-based Khalsa started brightly with Brad Law­ley head­ing a cor­ner nar­rowly over, but the vis­i­tors be­gan to look more threat­en­ing as the game ap­proached half-time.

Ath­letic’s Luke Dun­stan drilled a shot nar­rowly wide and Chris Vardy just failed to con­nect with Lee Sto­bbs’ dan­ger­ous cross as Tring grew in con­fi­dence.

Vardy came ag­o­nis­ingly close to con­vert­ing a teas­ing Tommy Twelves cross shortly af­ter the restart, but it was the hosts who broke through on 78 min­utes.

For­ward Luke Shearer was clum­sily fouled in the box, giv­ing Meese the chance to thump home an un­stop­pable spot kick.

Tring’s frus­tra­tion was compounded deep into in­jury time when David O’Con­nor was shown a straight red card for a late lung­ing chal­lenge. STAR MAN: Tes Robin­son (Sport­ing Khalsa) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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