LYE Town lost out to a fluke goal against Sporting Khalsa when the sides clashed on the Wolverhampton club’s 4G pitch.

Alex Perry plundered the only goal of the game when he converted a Carlos Franko cross.

But Lye boss Andy Wyton insisted: “It wouldn’t have gone in if we’d been playing on a grass pitch.

“Don’t get me wrong, it was a good cross to the far post where Alex Perry had got round the back, but his header has bounced down and then the ball has flown back up again and into the top corner of the net.

“We played OK, but it was nothing special. We just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

“It would be rude to say we should have won the game. We just couldn’t get the ball in the net.

“We have a new strike partnership in Geoff Hill and Tom Turton following the departure of Jack Till to Halesowen Town. They will score goals, but we need to create more chances for them”.

The defeat leaves Lye languishing fifteenth in the Total Motion Midland Premier Division and Wyton admitted: “We’ve under achieved this season. I thought we would be a top 10 side – and we could still be, providing we finish the season well.

“If we can beat Ilkeston Town both home and away, then we can beat anyone in this league."

Lye were due to face the Royal Air Force this week in the Walsall Senior Cup where Wyton was looking to feature players Ashley Parsons-Smith and Joe Lawley.

He was also hoping to give Ashanti Pryce an appearance, the former Bromsgrove Sporting player having more recently featured for Hednesford and Grantham Town.

Wyton revealed: “Ashanti texted me out of the blue. He’s a former Aston Villa youngster, so we will run the rule over him."

Lye entertain AFC Wulfrunians this Saturday. The game was re-arranged between the two clubs after both were originally left without a fixture this weekend.

Wyton added: “Credit to both secretaries for sorting the game out. I don’t know why the league didn’t do it."