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Youth v Whyteleafe 1-4
Firsts v Bedfont Sports 2-4
Firsts v Sutton Common Rrs 1-0
Firsts v Banstead Athletic 2-0
Firsts v Horley Town 1-5
Firsts v Godalming Town 1-1
Firsts v Spelthorne Sports 1-3
Firsts v NPL 3-1
Firsts v Cobham 6-1
Firsts v Croydon 1-4
Firsts v Virginia Water 0-2
Firsts v Ramsgate 0-5
Firsts v Corinthian Casuals 1-3
Firsts v Tooting Bec 0-0

 


 

MATCH REPORTS

FA YOUTH CUP
Wednesday September 6th Youth v Whyteleafe 1-4

The Balham Under 18 Youth team’s first game of the season was their first ever appearance in the FA Youth Cup, away to Ryman League side, Whyteleafe FC. Although the team arrived in confident mood, with a number of key players missing it was always going to be a big ask to come away victorious. Despite the final scoreline suggesting otherwise though this was a very tight game which Balham can have regrets about not winning. The key moments came halfway into the second period when, with the score at 3-1, Dominic Simpson-Last having netted for Balham, Whyteleafe conceded a penalty and were reduced to ten men. Unfortunately for Balham the penalty was saved and to compound their frustration the Whyteleafe keeper almost immediately pulled off a stunning double save. Balham hearts were broken, but they continued to fight until, as the game drew to a close, Whyteleafe scored again to guarantee their place in the next round.

Team: Gardner, Bakare, Chen, Thompson, Fallowfield, Hedges(capt), Neita-Crowley, Colfer, Hammett, Simpson-Last, Cruz-Rosa
Subs: Noctor, Fordham, Jay-Boswell
Goal Scorer: Simpson-Last


LEAGUE
Saturday September 2nd v Bedfont Sports 2-4

Balham paid the price for starting this game in the wrong gear. By the time they woke up, early in the second half, when three changes were made, they were 3-0 down. They hadn’t been outplayed but were outworked and out fought. The changes, which saw Elliott Gibbs and Tijani Eshilokun make their first team debuts, had the desired effect and within ten minutes the scoreline was 3-2. Gibbs got the first, with a header direct from a corner before Ibrahim Olutade scored for the sixth consecutive game, which makes him second top scorer in the league. Balham pushed hard for an equaliser all the way to the end but were undone late on when they conceded a fourth which secured all three points for the still unbeaten Bedfont.

Team: Read H, Garcia, Fuller, Henry(capt), Wocial, Charnock, Fosse, Ujkaj A, Haire, Olutade, Nuur
Subs: Nolan, Gibbs, Eshilokun
Goal Scorer: Gibbs, Olutade


LEAGUE
Monday August 28th v Sutton Common Rovers 1-0

Balham followed up their impressive performance and first league win against Banstead, two days later, with an equally impressive showing on the 3g pitch at Sutton Utd against fellow CCL Prem' side, Sutton Common Rovers. The noon kick off on Bank Holiday Monday, in sweltering heat, more akin to Seville than Sutton, was draining for both teams, however it was Balham who coped better. A solid, disciplined, professional performance from beginning to end saw them prosper thanks to another Ibrahim Olutade strike in the second half. The young striker has scored one in each of Balham’s five league games to date and is looking razor sharp. The most pleasing aspect of this victory though was the defensive organisation and resilience which resulted in another clean sheet to follow on from the one on Saturday.

Team: Read H, McConnell, Fuller, Henry, Wocial, Goodband(capt), Haire, Ujkaj A, Nuur, Olutade, Boncoeur
Subs: Harman, Garcia, Fosse, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorer: Olutade


LEAGUE
Saturday August 26th v Banstead Athletic 2-0

Balham’s first league win of the season arrived courtesy of their best all round performance to date. They put the huge frustration and disappointment of Tuesday night in Horley behind them and were on the money from the first to last whistle, playing controlled pass and move football on a lovely pitch at The Wibbandune on a warm, sunny, Saturday afternoon. A first half goal from Grant Goodband, who headed home a Tomasz Wocial corner, gave them a lead they very much deserved at the break. The second and decisive goal didn’t arrive until late in the game but it was a goal to savour when it did, from the on fire Ibrahim Olutade, who shielded the ball well before beating his marker and unleashing a thunderbolt, which flew like a rocket past the hapless Banstead keeper and in doing sealed victory.

Team: Read H, Fuller, Erriu, Henry, Wocial, Goodband(capt), Haire, Ujkaj A, Nuur, Olutade, Boncoeur
Subs: Harman, McConnell, Garcia, Fosse, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Goodband, Olutade


LEAGUE
Tuesday August 22nd v Horley Town 1-5

Having looked in fine fettle and complete control for the first twenty minutes of this midweek game in Horley, having scored a lovely goal when Ibrahim Olutade tucked home a Tomasz Wocial cross at the near post, for some inexplicable reason the wheels came off big time and a horrendous fifty minutes followed. Everything Balham had done well to gain the ascendency seemed to fly out of the window when the home side equalised. It wasn’t until the final quarter, when having had both Grant Goodband and Marco Erriu harshly dismissed, playing 9 v 11, that Balham looked good again. To shut up shop and not concede in this period, thus avoiding a heavy defeat becoming a rout, was scant consolation to take back to the Metropolis but it did at least mean there was a positive to end on at the Horley Town horror show.

Team: Harman, Garcia, Erriu, Fuller, Henry, Goodband(capt), McConnell, Haire, Roberts-Watson, Olutade, Wocial
Subs: Nuur, Charnock, Ujkaj A
Goal Scorer: Olutade


LEAGUE
Tuesday August 15th v Godalming Town 1-1

Balham produced an outstanding first half display in this tough away game at Godalming Town, who were two promotions above the South West Londoners last season. They were excellent in all areas of the pitch, defensively solid, disciplined and dynamic going forward. The only frustration at half time was that they weren’t further ahead. The Balham goal, was a beauty, with Ibrahim Olutade finishing off a fine free flowing move. Godalming, with two good wins to start the season behind them, were clearly not happy and with frustrations surfacing had a player sent off before the break. The order of the day for Balham was more of the same. Unfortunately though the second half performance was a pale shadow of the first. A sloppy start gave the home side a free kick on the edge of the box which their free kick expert struck sweetly to level the score. Not long afterwards Balham were awarded a penalty which, unfortunately, was excellently saved. There was still plenty of time to go though and a host of other chances were created. All were spurned however and despite another sending off for Godaming, Balham, agonisingly, couldn’t put them to the sword. Striker, James Adebayo, was then red carded for a second yellow, following a clumsy challenge, late in a game which concluded with Balham feeling as though two points had been handed back to the home side in the second half, following the superb showing in the first fourty-five.

Team: Read H, Garcia, Erriu, Henry, Wocial, Goodband(capt), McConnell, Haire, Roberts-Watson, Olutade, Adebayo
Subs: Harman, Fuller, Nolan, Nuur
Goal Scorer: Olutade


LEAGUE
Saturday August 12th v Spelthorne Sports 1-3

This was not the performance or result Balham were looking for in their first game in the CCL Premier Division. A horrendous start saw them concede two goals in the first ten minutes. They gradually recovered from the early double blow and once they got going were the better side, playing the better football, against a team who quite naturally wanted to shut up shop and go home with the points in the bag. A fine volleyed first time finish from Ibrahim Olutade, from a sweet Michael McConnell cross, brought Balham right back into the game and when the half time whistle blew they were well on top. They continued to dominate after the break, without ever finding their best form, but a harshly awarded free kick which was dispatched past Balham keeper, Haydn Read, was a bitter pill to swallow and although they huffed and puffed all the way to the end, the goals required proved elusive.

Team: Read H, Garcia, Erriu, Fuller, Henry, Goodband, McConnell, Haire, Roberts-Watson, Olutade, Nuur
Subs: Harman, Adebayo, Wocial, Nolan
Goal Scorer: Olutade


FRIENDLY
Saturday August 5th v NPL 3-1

The seventh and final pre season game away to Surrey Elite side, NPL, was a good last run out for the squad before points means prizes from August 12th. A blistering start saw Balham blitz the lower league opposition and race into a 3-0 lead after twenty minutes. The goals came from Josh Benson, James Adebayo, who hit his second worldy of the week and exciting new talent, Anis Nuur, who scored his first for the club. Although the intensity dropped a bit thereafter, which was a shame, Balham continued to dominate in all areas, denying NPL any shots on goal. In the second half they hit the underside of the bar twice and had a penalty very well saved. The only way that the opposition were ever likely to score was from a set piece. Stupidly Balham gave them that opportunity, late in the game, which they took to take the shine off what was otherwise an excellent performance.

Team: Harman, Garcia, Erriu, Fuller, Henry(capt), Haire, Benson, Roberts-Watson, Adebayo,
Olutade, Nuur
Subs: McConnell, Bakkali
Goal Scorers: Benson, Adebayo, Nuur


FRIENDLY
Tuesday August 1st v Cobham 6-1

At long last, following a frustrating pre season, Balham produced a top performance from beginning to end and in doing so swept aside their opponents. The final scoreline possibly flatters slightly however Balham played some lovely football and four of the six goals scored were of the highest order. A sublime lob from Jack Haire, a worldy, powerful, right foot curler, from the edge of the box, from James Adebayo and two of Morgan Roberts-Watson’s three back of the netters were the pick of the half dozen. The other came from centre forward, Ibrahim Olutade, who slotted home a penalty in the second half.

Team: Harman, Garcia, Erriu, Fuller, Henry, Haire, McConnell(capt), Benson, Roberts-Watson, Olutade, Nuur
Subs: Adebayo, Savage
Goal Scorers: Roberts-Watson(3), Haire, Adebayo, Olutade(pen)


FRIENDLY
Saturday July 29th v Croydon 1-4

For fifty minutes of this game Balham played very well and were good value for a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a Josh Benson left foot driller in the first half. A slightly unfortunate equaliser for Croydon though, after fifty-one minutes, changed the game. Although they looked dangerous on the break Balham were on the back foot from then on in and disappointingly fell apart in the last seven minutes, conceding three eminently avoidable goals. Hopefully more lessons will be learned and at some point soon Balham will put together a top performance for a full game rather than just for parts of one.

Team: Jones, McConnell(capt), Erriu, Frew, Henry, Haire, Matcham, Benson, Boncoeur, Garcia, Schafer
Subs: Harman, Lewis, Aguilera, Holmes, Ujkaj Ad

Goal Scorer: Benson


FRIENDLY
Saturday July 22nd v Virginia Water 0-2

Having been blown away at the seaside in midweek, Balham left Egham, where this friendly was played, with egg on their faces. It was another very tight game, but the normally free flowing, goal scoring Balham were shackled once again and although they defended well for most of this very wet weathered encounter, two goals conceded at crucial times in the second half, meant a blank was drawn yet again. There has been a lot of experiment in pre season to date, with new players featuring in very different teams, however in terms of results it has to date been extremely disappointing.

Team: Read H, Fuller, Erriu, Schafer, Henry(capt), Haire, Roberts-Watson, Matcham, David, Olutade, Boncoeur
Subs: Harman, Lewis, Aguilera, Holmes, Ujkaj Ad


FRIENDLY
Saturday July 18th v Ramsgate 0-5

It took two and a half hours to get to the Kent coast for this tough match against Ryman South club, Ramsgate. The result would suggest that Balham should not have got out of their cars but turned straight round and headed back home. The game itself however was much closer than the score suggests. Indeed Balham were the better side for the first quarter but, having conceded from a straightforward free kick lobbed into the box, heads went down and Ramsgate tails began wagging. The difference, as the scoreline suggests, was clinical finishing at one end and mistakes at the other. As long as lessons are learned though, the long journey, for a seaside battering against loftier oppo’, will not have been in vain.

Team: Read H, Fuller, Charnock, Henry, Roberts-Watson, Goodband(capt), David, Wocial, Fosse, Olutade, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Lewis


FRIENDLY
Saturday July 15th v Corinthian Casuals 1-3

Although Balham ended up losing a tight game against a very strong Corinthian Casuals squad, who were only denied promotion to the Ryman Premier Division on penalties in the play off final, on this evidence the boys from SW12 showed they are capable of matching teams at a higher level. Two penalties needlessly given away, one in each half, proved to be the killer blows but there were a lot of excellent performances from players old and new. There are also a lot of players still to come back from injury and holiday.

Team: Read H, Lewis, Erriu, Henry, McConnell, Goodband(capt), Haire, Fosse, Roberts-Watson, Boncoeur, Wocial
Harman, Olutade, Aguilera, Laughton, Rodrigues
Goal Scorer: Boncoeur


FRIENDLY
Saturday July 8th v Tooting Bec FC 0-0

This was a solid first pre season performance in the sweltering current bun in "The Northern Line derby" at Imperial Fields, home of Tooting Bec FC. Eighteen players featured, including three new players, who all did well. Balham dominated throughout and created almost all of the chances, but the Bec keeper was in fine form and as might be expected, the finishing was not as razor sharp as it could be and will need to be in a few weeks time..

Team: Read H, McConnell, Erriu, Fuller, Henry, Goodband(capt), Charnock, Fosse, Adebayo, Olutade, Wocial
Subs: Garcia, Lewis, Schaefer, Savage, David, Roberts-Watson, Boncoeur
Goal Scorers: Luchford(2), Adebayo


 

 


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