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Youth v AFC Croydon Athletic 2-4
Firsts v Virginia Water 1-0
Youth v Chessington & Hook 2-4
Firsts v Battersea Ironsides 4-0
Youth v Conquest 1-1
Firsts v Project Clapham 1-3
Youth v Fleet Spurs 1-0
Firsts v Merrow 3-1
Youth v Met Police 2-1
Youth v Spelthorne Sports 3-2
Firsts v AFC Spelthorne 0-0
Youth v Molesey 2-0
Firsts v Horsley 2-4
Firsts v Project Clapham 0-1
Firsts v Ripley Village 4-0
Youth v CB Hounslow 3-0
Firsts v Tooting Bec 1-0
Firsts v Reigate Priory 9-1
Firsts v NPL 0-2
Youth v Met Police 2-1
Firsts v Chobham Burymead 6-1
Firsts v AFC Cubo 0-1
Firsts v Warlingham 9-0
Firsts v Godalming & Farncombe 3-1
Firsts v Battersea Ironsides 2-1
Youth v Spelthorne Sports 1-3
Firsts v AFC Spelthorne Sports 6-1
Firsts v Glebe 1-2
Firsts v Yateley Utd 0-2
Youth v Leatherhead 3-5
Youth v Carshalton Athletic 1-5
Firsts v Sporting Hackney 4-0
Firsts v Reigate Priory 8-1
Firsts v Chobham Burymead 1-0
Youth v Molesey 5-1
Firsts v Tooting Bec 2-1
Youth v Cove 2-2
Firsts v Ripley Village 3-1
Youth v CB Hounslow 3-1
Firsts v Warlingham 9-2
Youth v Fleet Spurs 3-0
Firsts v Merrow 3-1
Youth v Chessington & Hook 4-3
Firsts v Virginia Water 2-0
Firsts v Yateley Utd 4-2
Youth v Conquest 4-2
Firsts v AFC Cubo 1-3
Firsts v Godalming & Farn. 0-4
Firsts v Project Clapham 0-0
Firsts v NPL 7-1
Firsts v Horsley 0-0
Firsts v Nottsborough FC 5-0
Firsts v Leatherhead 4-0
Firsts v Cobham 5-2
Firsts v Spelthorne Sports 2-1
Firsts v Tooting & Mitcham 13-1
Firsts v AFC Croydon Athletic 2-3
Firsts v Chelsea Kickz 7-2


 


 

MATCH REPORTS

Tuesday May 31st Youth v AFC Croydon Athletic 2-4

Balham gave everything they'd got in defence of their overall SYL title in the delayed League Championship play off decider against AFC Croydon Athletic on May 31st. The two divisional winners went at it hammer and tongs on the 4g pitch at Sutton Utd. Balham took the lead courtesy of a fine Toby Femi-Ola header but Croydon levelled very soon after. They then took the lead, which they held at the break, despite Balham having been in the ascendency for the previous twenty minutes. The next goal was always going to prove vital and it went to AFC who took control in the second half. An Ollie Archard strike however, against the run of play, with five minutes remaining, made for a rip roaring finale but, unfortunately for the large contingent of Balham supporters in the main stand, pouring forward in numbers, they got caught on the counter attack with a minute to go and dreams of squaring the game were shattered.

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt) Ostrowski, Archard, Ujkaj A, Oyewole, Mitchell, Bright, Bashir, Femi-Ola
Subs: Ward-Smith, Baramoto, Maher, Pires, Velaj
Goal Scorer: Femi-Ola, Archard


Saturday April 30th v Virginia Water 1-0

Balham's exhilarating league campaign concluded with a hard fought victory away to fellow high flyers, Virginia Water. It could have been more comfortable had a second half penalty not been saved but Balham definitely edged the contest, taking a deserved lead into half time, thanks to a goal from attacking left back, Jake Henry. The win means Balham are sure to finish in a promotion position so all that remains now is to wait for news from The FA and Combined Counties League as to whether the club can go up again to make it four promotions in five years since the First Team began.

Team: Kuklinski, Benson, Haire, Edney, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Archard, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur Subs: Emmett, McConnell
Goal Scorer: Henry


Friday April 29th Youth v Chessington & Hook 2-4

Thankfully a win or draw was not required in this last league game which Balham went into having been confirmed as SYL West Division Champions. It was lucky that was the case as despite going into half time with a 2-1 lead, thanks to well taken goals from Akbar Bashir and Toby Femi-Ola, they were well under par and a poor second half saw them concede three times, twice from uncontested corners. It was a shame that only their second loss and worst performance of the campaign came in the final game but they have the chance to redeem themselves against the South Division Champions in the overall Southern Youth League Championship Play Off in May. If they perform like they did on Friday though they may as well stay at home..

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Baramoto, Oyewole, Roberts-Watson, Bright, Bashir, Femi-Ola Subs: Mitchell, Ujkaj A, Maher
Goal Scorers: Bashir, Femi-Ola


Saturday April 16th v Battersea Ironsides 4-0

Balham were back to their best in this last home game of the season against the in form Battersea Ironsides who are almost always difficult opponents. On this occasion though Balham swept their local rivals aside with some scintillating football and four stellar goals. Thomas Fosse got the first, with Ollie Archard, Jerome Boncoeur and Tomasz Wocial adding the others, all of which came in the second half. Balham have now scored a seriously impressive ninety goals in twenty-nine league matches and will be hoping their strike rate continues in a vitally important last game away to Virginia Water on Saturday April 30th.

Team: Kuklinski, Haire, Goodband, Bartley, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Archard, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur Subs: Benson, McConnell, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Fosse, Archard, Boncoeur, Wocial


Monday April 11th Youth v Conquest 1-1

Balham remain top of the West Division following a gritty, gutsy performance against title rivals Conquest at their Rectory Meadows ground. Despite enforced changes Balham started they game on the front foot whilst looking solid defensively. Half chances were created but it wasn't until the thirty minute mark that the deadlock was broken when Morgan Roberts-Watson brought down a long cross field pass and smashed the ball home. Conquest came out for the second half and took the game to Balham who responded well. Although the slim lead was protected admirably and at times almost extended, with fifteen minutes to go the home side managed to draw level. Despite further chances being created, particularly by Conquest, who desperately needed all three points, none were converted and this top of the table, top quality encounter finished up honours even.

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Baramoto, Oyewole, Roberts-Watson, Bright, Bashir, Femi-Ola Subs: Mitchell, Animashaun, Galvarro
Goal Scorer: Roberts-Watson


Saturday April 9th v Project Clapham 1-3

Although for now Balham remain top of the league any chance of finishing as Champions appears to have gone up in smoke following this incredibly disappointing result against title rivals Project Clapham. Balham's recent form has been inconsistent and they were far from their best in this game. Having said that they still could have won and but for some poor officiating may well have done. Richie Emmett gave Balham an early lead which looked to have been doubled soon after. Following consultation with the linesman however the goal, which Balham players were convinced had crossed the line, was disallowed. Poor set piece defending soon after brought the home side level and more sloppiness then handed them a half time lead against the run of play. Balham took the game to Clapham after the break and Ollie Archard hit the underside of the bar with a left foot pile driver before Emmett was pushed twice in the box with the ball at his feet, ending up in a heap but with no penalty awarded. Video evidence clearly showed foul play but if it's not given its not given. To make matters worse shortly afterwards Balham got caught pouring forward and conceded a third. There was still time to come back and consistent pressure was applied but the sands of time eventually ran out and Balham's title challenge was left in tatters.

Team: Kuklinski, Haire, Edney(capt), Frew, Henry, McConnell, David, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur Subs: Archard, Bartley, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorer: Emmett


Thursday March 31st Youth v Fleet Spurs 1-0

This was not a Balham performance that will live long in the memory however to win league titles you have to come out on top in games where you're under par. Fleet Spurs proved to be difficult opponents but that was partly due to a lack of intensity and the usual quality from the home team. It wasn't that Balham were bad and they had control of the game for the most part, it was just that they never really got out of third gear. In the end though a middle gear sufficed thanks to another goal from the on fire, Toby Femi-Ola, who deftly headed home a tantalising Ollie Archard cross after seventy-five minutes.

Team: Barbour, Animashaun, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Maher, Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Bright, Bashir, Femi-Ola Subs: Botsoi, Oyewole, Baramoto, Ujkaj Ad
Goal Scorer: Femi-Ola


Saturday March 26th v Merrow 3-1

After a frustrating last two league games Balham were back on song in this first v second top of the table clash in wet, windswept, Cobham. Despite going a goal down from a set piece, very much against the run of play, Balham kept doing what they'd been doing very well and were justly rewarded late in the first half when their two excellent centre backs combined - Frank Charnock flicking on a corner for Grant Goodband to head home his first goal for the club. Balham then upped the ante in the second half and it was only a matter of time before their constant pressure bore further fruit. They took the lead when Richie Emmett hit the onion bag and extended it when Dan David, who'd only just come on, finished off a sweet move sweetly. If two clubs currently below Balham in the table win their games in hand the boys from SW12 will drop to third, but with three games to go the title is up for grabs and there is clearly everything to play for.

Team: Kuklinski, Haire, Goodband(capt), Charnock, Henry, Benson, McConnell, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur Subs: David, Frew
Goal Scorers: Goodband, Emmett, David


Thursday March 24th Youth v Met Police 2-1

Balham and Met Police served up another top notch thriller on a rainy night at Cobham FC. Both sides, battling for the SYL West Division title, attacked in swathes, whilst keeping a solid shape defensively. As they had done earlier in the season, away at Imber Court, Balham took the lead in the first half when Toby Femi-Ola reacted quickest to an Arsen Ujkaj header and slotted the ball past the Met's keeper. Unlike the previous encounter though MP equalised before the break latching onto a free kick rebound. The second half was taught and tense with Balham, at times having to defend manfully. That they did so paid dividends late in the game when Balham retook the lead after an Ollie Archard shot was put into his own net by a Met Police defender. Following a red card for Ujkaj for two yellows, shortly afterwards, Balham had to see out the last ten minutes. Much to the relief of Balhamites in attendance however they did so extremely well.

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Bright, Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Oyewole, Bashir, Femi-Ola
Subs: Botsoi, Animashaun, Velaj
Goal Scorers: Femi-Ola, o.g.


Monday March 21st Youth v Spelthorne Sports 3-2

Balham took twenty-five minutes to get into gear in this top of the table clash against Spelthorne Sports, by which time they were 2-0 down following two well taken goals, one after two minutes and the other fifteen minutes later. Having been put on the canvas twice by the away side, realising they had mountain to climb, thankfully they woke from their slumber and a Chris Bright goal halved the arrears at the break. The second half was end to end fare, with Balham dominating. An Arsen Ujkaj penalty, after Ollie Archard was felled, levelled proceedings with fifteen minutes to go before, with the game heading for parity, in the eighty-ninth minute, Toby Femi-Ola scored Balham's third and decisive goal to complete a remarkable comeback.

Team: Barbour, Mitchell, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Maher, Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Bright, Bashir, Femi-Ola
Subs: Pires, Botsoi, Oyewole
Goal Scorers: Bright, Ujkaj(pen), Femi-Ola


Saturday March 19th v AFC Spelthorne 0-0

Balham left Spelthorne as frustrated as can be having done more than enough, despite not playing anywhere near their best, to win this game. The fact that they didn't was down to an obdurate AFC defence, a lack of composure, some questionable offside decisions and poor finishing. The fact that they didn't lose was down to excellent defending from the back four and some tip top saves from keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, who continues to be in fine form between the sticks.

Team: Kuklinski, Edney,, Goodband, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Benson, Archard, McConnell


Monday March 14th Youth v Molesey 2-0

This was a keenly contested close encounter at Walton Road that looked to be heading for a draw until, with ten minutes remaining, Toby Femi-Ola drilled home a left footer from a tight angle to beat the excellent Molesey keeper, who had pulled off some outstanding saves prior to having his net busted. With five minutes to go right back Josh Clark, then foraged forward dodging tackles and tired bodies until he reached the edge of the opposition's box from where he let rip with a thunderous, dipping, left foot volley that gave the Molesey keeper no chance and sealed the win.

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Maher, Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Bright, Bashir, Mitchell
Subs: Femi-Ola, Oyewole, Velaj
Goal Scorers: Femi-Ola, Clark


Saturday March 12th v Horsley 2-4

This was a particularly disappointing, frustrating loss against fellow high flyers as for the first forty-five minutes Balham were totally on top, cutting through Horsley like a knife through butter. Unfortunately though, apart from Tomasz Wocial taking one opportunity rifling home the rebound from a Richie Emmett scorcher that hit the bar, which gave the home side a well deserved lead, eight other prime opportunities to put the game out of sight were squandered. In contrast Horsley had two attempts on goal and scored them both. With a surprise half time lead the away side sat deep in the second half aiming to repel any Balham assault and hoping to add to their tally by catching them on the break. It was a tactic that worked well and with Balham less effective than prior to orange quarters in the changing room, Horsley headed home victorious.

Team: Kuklinski, Edney, Goodband, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Haire, Benson, Archard
Goal Scorers: Wocial, Fosse


Saturday March 5th v Project Clapham 0-1

Losing narrowly in a cup Quarter Final is hard enough to take but this was doubly frustrating for Balham as they were the dominant side throughout and apart from one defensive lapse midway through the second half had defended superbly. The game, which was a battle between the league's top two teams, as things currently stand, was always going to be a tight affair and so it proved to be. Project Clapham are an extremely well organised side, with one of the league's top keepers, who don't give anything away. There's no doubt that Balham, in part due to this, were not at their dazzling best going forward, but they still had the lion's share of the ball and created almost all of the chances. Unfortunately on this occasion they either spurned them, were denied by good goalkeeping and last ditch defending or, as is often the case in close encounters, didn't have Lady Luck on their side.

Team: Kuklinski, Haire, Goodband, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Benson, Edney, Roberts-Watson


Saturday February 27th v Ripley Village 4-0

This was far from a vintage Balham performance but, as the scoreline suggests, it was a comfortable three points gained. Two first half goals from Dan David and Tomasz Wocial, both of which were slightly fortuitous, provided the desired half time cushion. Balham keeper Alfredo Kuklinski had to make one very good save after the break but otherwise it was one way traffic heading towards the Ripley net. Further goals from Thomas Fosse and Ollie Archard were a fair reflection of home team control and just reward for the consistent pressure applied throughout.

Team: Kuklinski, Haire, Goodband, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur Subs: Benson, Archard, Edney
Goal Scorers: David, Wocial, Fosse, Archard


Wednesday February 17th Youth v CB Hounslow 3-0

On a wet Wednesday night in Bedfont, on a pitch only just passed fit to play, the boys from Balham put on another stellar display, full of inventive, imaginative football and disciplined defending. CB Hounslow are no push overs and have some very dangerous players. Balham however took control early on and kept a firm grip on the game, if not the playing surface, throughout. Lewis Mitchell opened the scoring in the first half latching on to a Chris Bright pass. He then extended Balham's lead early in the second with a fine header from a Morgan Roberts-Watson cross at the end of a fine move. Marauding left back Ollie Archard, having been moved further forward later in the half, then added a third to secure the victory and smiley post match faces..

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Maher, Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Bright, Bashir, Mitchell
Subs: Pires, Velaj, Ujkaj Ad
Goal Scorers: Mitchell(2), Archard


Tuesday February 16th v Tooting Bec 1-0

Balham put in a strong, solid performance to win a titanic battle in the Northern Line derby at Imperial Fields. Keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, had to pull off one outstanding save in each half but it was the Tooting keeper who was by far the busier of the two, as the away team went very close a number of times before Tomasz Wocial scored an excellent winner after seventy-five minutes. Tooting, who have been in very good form, are a well organised side and as such patience was the key going forward in tandem with not switching off at the back. On both counts Balham came up trumps and as such, after the post match refreshments, they rejoined the A217 heading north with a hard earned but fully deserved three points.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Goodband, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Benson, Archard, Haire
Goal Scorer: Wocial


Saturday February 13th v Reigate Priory 9-1

Balham were back in the groove against Reigate Priory, playing scintillating soccer from start to finish and scoring nine goals for the third time this campaign. Balham's two Frenchman bagged six of them with Jerome Boncoeur scoring four and silky number ten, Thomas Fosse, back to full fitness, netting twice. Ollie Archard came off the bench to grab two himself and the outstanding Richie Emmett scored the other. Battered, bewildered, Reigate may have needed the sanctuary of a Priory following this second pummelling of the season at the feet of their South West London tiki-taka tormentors.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Goodband, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Emmett, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Benson, Archard, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Boncoeur(4), Fosse(2), Archard, Emmett


Saturday February 6th v NPL 0-2

Balham seem to be following the Real Madrid blueprint of thrashing a lot of teams but then sloppily losing the odd game that they should be winning. This game was lost because good chances were missed but primarily because Balham didn't adapt to the conditions or manage the game as well as NPL, who played to their strengths. It's been said a trillion times that just because you have a lot of ability and can play great football doesn't mean that you're guaranteed to win every week. On an off colour day a 0-0 draw would probably have sufficed but, with the game firmly heading in that direction, Hara-Kiri defending turned it blue.

Team: Kuklinski, Benson,, Herbert, Charnock, Haire, Elbekri(capt), David, Adebayo, Emmett, Archard, Boncoeur
Subs: Henry, Fosse, Roberts-Watson


Tuesday February 2nd Youth v Met Police 2-1

Despite not having played this year Balham produced a stellar performance, full of good football and disciplined defending to win a cracking top of the table league game away to Met Police. A goal in each half from Morgan Roberts-Waton and debutant Toby Femi-Ola, both assisted by another new boy, Chris Bright, did the requisite damage. The Met got one back at the death but Balham, marshalled superbly throughout by skipper Jack Haire, held firm to secure a precious three points. All who played were excellent but special mention must go to Max Barbour, deputising for the injured Alfie Miller, who was outstanding between the sticks.

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Maher, Ujkaj, Roberts-Watson, Bright, Bashir, Mitchell
Subs: Femi-Ola, Pires, Velaj
Goal Scorers: Roberts-Watson, Femi-Ola


Saturday January 30th v Chobham Burymead 6-1

One week after missing a hatful of chances Balham were back to their clinical best against a bamboozled Chobham team who didn't know what had hit them. Although they fought back in the second half they'd been swept out to sea in the first with Balham at their very best, playing some lovely football and scoring four beautifully worked goals, three of them tucked away by Jerome Boncoeur, following the opener which was drilled past the Chobham keeper by Richie Emmett. Hats off to Chobham who weathered any further storm after the break before a lackadaisical ten minutes from the home team saw them get one back and then be awarded a penalty which would have cut the arrears in half. Balham's extremely talented keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, saved well though and having woken from their slumbers Balham turned on the style again with Boncoeur and super sub, Morgan Robert-Watson, scoring well worked goals to make it half a dozen in total.

Team: Kuklinski, Benson,, Herbert(capt), Charnock, Haire, Elbekri(capt), David, Archard, Emmett, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Rodriguez, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Boncoeur(4), Emmett, Roberts-Watson


Saturday January 23rd v AFC Cubo 0-1

The game was a rare one in recent times where a number of good chances created weren't taken. A lot of that was down to the AFC Cubo keeper who had an outstanding game however Balham left the field of play ruing their profligacy in front of the onion bag. It has to be said the winning goal scored early in the second half was an absolute beauty taken on the chest and volleyed into the far top corner from the edge of the box and credit must be given to Cubo who, when they have a strong team out, as they clearly did for this game, are formidable opponents. Although they came with a game plan that paid dividends Balham were in the ascendency for most of the ninety minutes though and only have themselves to blame for not turning the majority of territory, possession and chances created into goals.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert(capt), Charnock, Haire, Elbekri(capt), Benson, Archard, David, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Emmett, Fosse


Saturday January 16th v Warlingham 9-0

Balham put in a scintillating display in their weather delayed first game of 2016. Having softened up the opposition in the first half with goals from Dan David and Luke Fenlon they pulverised them in the second, running them ragged to score a further seven. Sharpest shooter on the day was Richie Emmett, who came off the bench to notch a quick fire hat trick, with the other goals coming from Harry Herbert, Jack Haire, Tomasz Wocial, at the end of Barca tikki-takka interplay and Zak Elbekri, who nutmegged a hapless Warlingham defender before caressing the ball round the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Haire, Elbekri(capt), Benson, Archard, David, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Emmett, Fosse
Goal Scorers: Emmett(3), David, Fenlon, Herbert, Haire, Wocial, Elbekri


Monday December 28th v Godalming & Farncombe 3-1

On a bright morning in Godalming Balham got off to a dreary start and as a result fell behind to an unfortunate own goal. They worked their way back into the game however and played some attractive football. Midway through the half, following a lovely cross field ball from Tomasz Wocial, Ollie Archard cut into the box and drilled home a well deserved equaliser. Although on top for the remainder of the game resolute defending from the home team denied Balham and with twenty minutes to go a draw looked the most likely outcome. The game changed though with the introduction of subs Arsen Ujkaj and Morgan Roberts-Watson who both scored late on to turn one point into three and make it a happy Bank Holiday Monday for the young guns from the big smoke.

Team: Miller, Haire, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), Benson, Archard, David, Wocial, Adebayo Subs: Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Archard, Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson


Saturday December 19th v Battersea Ironsides 2-1

Playing away to Battersea Ironsides is a bit like entering the lion's den. The league games Balham have played there both this season and last have proved to be physical battles rather than displays of free flowing football. Having passed the test at the first time of asking Balham were delighted to do so again. Two early goals from Jerome Boncoeur and Tomasz Wocial gave the away team just the start they needed and they were good value for a two goal lead at the break. In the second half Balham had to withstand a Battersea bombardment, which, despite conceding a goal from a corner and having everything in the home team's arsenal fired at them, they did magnificently with dogged, disciplined determination.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), Benson, Archard, Emmett, Wocial, Boncoeur Subs: Fosse, Adebayo, David
Goal Scorers: Wocial, Boncoeur


Wednesday December 16th Youth v Spelthorne Sports 1-3

The Youth team's unexpected mid season slump continued away to Spelthporne Sports when, compounding two losses in cup competitions, they lost for the first time this season in the league. Even though the score at half time was 1-1, after Balham skipper, Jack Haire, had equalised Spelthorne's excellent opener with a twenty yard screamer, given the away team's superiority up to that point there only looked likely to be one winner. Credit must go to Spelthorne however who came out for the second half revitalised in contrast to Balham who were strangely muted, clearly anticipating a comfortable win. When Spelthorne scored panic stations set in but, despite going close, Balham couldn't get on level terms and a further counter attacking goal from the home team late on sealed their win.

Team: Ward-Smith, Clark, Barbour, Ostrowski, Archard, Haire(capt), Ujkaj A, Mitchell, Pires, Bashir, Roberts-Watson Subs: McDonald, Ujkaj Ad
Goal Scorer: Haire


Saturday December 12th v AFC Spelthorne Sports 6-1

A strong, disciplined performance from start until almost the end, that included a second half goal fest, saw Balham back to winning ways. A penalty from Jerome Boncoeur was all the home side had to show for a dominant first half display. The dam burst after the interval though and the goals poured in courtesy of Richie Emmett who bagged two, Jake Henry, Boncoeur encore and sub Morgan Roberts-Watson. The only blip came five minutes from time at 6-0 when the team switched off at a free kick allowing it to be quickly taken and scored.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Henry, Goodband, Charnock, Elbekri(capt), Benson, Archard, Emmett, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Haire, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Boncoeur(2), Emmett(2), Henry, Roberts-Watson


Saturday December 5th v Glebe 1-2

BBalham narrowly lost a second game in a row in this London Senior Trophy last sixteen game. Unlike the previous game however Balham played extremely well and can count themselves unlucky not to have either drawn or won. Despite having a number of players missing and playing against a very good team, currently top of the Kent Invicta League, one level higher up the football league ladder, Balham were at the races from start to finish looking sharp and incisive. Jerome Boncoeur scored with a delicious lob to equalise after the Men of Kent struck midway through an even first half but, despite having more chances in the second period than their opponents, they couldn't find the net again and ended up falling, frustratingly, to a well taken goal after seventy-five minutes.

Team: Kuklinski, Haire, Henry, Goodband, Herbert(capt), Charnock, David, Adebayo, Emmett, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Benson, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorer: Boncoeur


Saturday November 28th v Yateley Utd 0-2

This game, which saw Balham's nine game winning streak come to an end, served as a timely reminder to anyone who needed it, that assuming you're going to win because you're at the top of the league whilst the opposition are at the bottom can prove fatal. Having not played for three weeks a rip roaring performance was the order of the day, but what was delivered was a damp squib. Despite the hardship of losing centre back, Harry Herbert, to a straight red in the eighteenth minute after sloppy play led to him having to make a desperate last man lunge, Balham dominated territory and possession throughout against a team with an extra player who still parked the bus, aiming to get lucky on the counter, which they did once in each half. On the balance of play the result might not have been a fair one but the away team only have themselves to blame for underestimating their opponents.

Team: Miller, Rodriguez, Charnock, Herbert, Henry, Elbekri(cast), David, Archard, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Emmett, Benson


Thursday November 19th Youth v Leatherhead 3-5

Balham had key players missing through injury and suspension for this second round League Challenge Cup tie but that is no excuse for letting a 2-1 halftime lead turn into a 3-5 defeat. A smart finish from Lewis Mitchell and a wonderful banana free kick from Ollie Archard had given Balham a lead they deserved after Leatherhead had opened the scoring early on with an excellent goal themselves. Comic book defending in the second half however meant a game that Balham had in their pocket was taken out and handed to the opposition. In truth the game was so open that it could have finished 9-8 to either side but, whilst Leatherhead were aided by posts and goal line clearances, Balham's kamikazee moments cost them a place in the third round and the chance to get to a third cup final in a row.

Team: Barbour, Clark, Holder, Ostrowski(capt), Archard, Maher, McDonald, Mitchell, Pires, Bashir, Roberts-Watson
Subs: Williams, Ujkaj Ad, Velaj
Goal Scorers: Mitchell, Archard, Maher


Monday November 16th Youth v Carshalton Athletic 1-5

It may sound silly to say that this Surrey Cup game wasn't a 5-1 game when 5-1 was the score line but, in terms of balance of play and chances created, believe it or not, Balham edged it. Failure to convert the many chances however, in conjunction with slack defending, game ending injuries to three key players, including goalkeeper, Alfie Miller and contentious officiating are the reasons Balham tasted defeat for the first time this season. There is no denying that Carshalton are a confident, well drilled, physically strong team but it was the home team who played the more attractive football. At the end of the day though it's goals that win games and whilst Ollie Archard was the home team's only netbuster, Carshalton hit the back of it five times.

Team: Miller, Velaj, Barbour, Ostrowski(capt), Archard, Maher, Ujkaj A, Mitchell, Clark, Bashir, Roberts-Watson
Subs: Pires, McDonald, Ujkaj Ad
Goal Scorer: Archard


Saturday November 7th v Sporting Hackney 4-0

The traveling across London from SW12 to E9 on a rainy Saturday morning proved tricky however, the game at the end of it, against Middlesex League club, Sporting Hackney, was a stroll in the marshes. Balham outplayed the hosts, who play on the show pitch at the famous Hackney ground, with some eye catching football and scored four top quality goals. Thomas Fosse tucked away two of them, with his fellow Frenchman, Jerome Boncoeur and left back, Jake Henry, with a peachy right foot curler from the edge of the box, adding the others. The second round of the London Senior Trophy is in December when Balham can expect a much tougher contest against Glebe FC.

Team:Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Adebayo, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Benson, Haire, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Fosse(2), Boncoeur, Henry


Saturday October 24th v Reigate Priory 8-1

It might come as a jumbo surprise to hear that a resounding 8-1 victory for Balham at Reigate Priory followed a goalless first half. Balham had been on top from the start but weren't quite good enough or clinical enough in the final third. This was corrected though, with knobs on, after the interval. A Richie Emmett hat trick, two for Arsen Ujkaj and one a piece for Tomasz Wocial, Jake Henry and Josh Benson made for a super charged forty-five minute Reigate rout. With seven regulars missing this impressive score line demonstrates the strength in depth at BFC this season.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Rodriguez, Henry, Elbekri(capt), Haire, Archard, Ujkaj A, Wocial, Emmett
Subs: Benson, Roberts-Watson
Goal Scorers: Emmett(3), Ujkaj A(2), Wocial, Henry, Benson


Saturday October 24th v Chobham Burymead 1-0

Balham were not at their free flowing best against a dogged, determined Chobham and had keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, to thank for leaving Station Road with all three points. The Spaniard produced a string of jaw droppingly unbelievable Neueresque point blank saves, particularly in the latter stages of the game, to keep the home side out. Both sides had created chances from the off and Balham should have been a couple of goals to the good early on. With both keepers to the fore though the game remained goalless until midway through the second half when Jerome Boncoeur beat the offside trap to give Balham a lead that by hook and by crook and by the brilliance of Kuklinski they held onto until the final whistle blew.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Rodriguez, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Adebayo, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Emmett, Haire
Goal Scorer: Boncoeur


Thursday October 22nd Youth v Molesey 5-1

A decent first half, which saw Balham 2-1 up at the break, was topped by an excellent second period, when three unanswered goals were scored. The first of the night was an edge of the box scorcher from Arsen Ujkaj. Following a Molesey equaliser Ujkaj then added a second from the penalty spot just before both sides had a fifteen minute breather. Morgan Roberts-Watson, who moved up front from wide on the right when proceedings recommenced, helped himself to a brace of very well taken goals and Ujkaj also grabbed another to complete his hat trick. The win, which keeps Balham on top of the SYL West Division was achieved relatively comfortably and in the second half especially the home side treated those watching to some sunny spells of fine footballing fare.

Team: Miller, Clark, Barbour, Ostrowski, Velaj, Haire(capt), Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Ujkaj Ad, Bashir, Mitchell
Subs: Afrifah-Owusu, John
Goal Scorers: Ujkaj A(3), Roberts-Watson(2)


Saturday October 17th v Tooting Bec 2-1

Having rescued a point for the Youth team three days earlier another sweetly struck Ollie Archard arrow got Balham the win in a hard fought local derby against a strong Tooting Bec side. Both teams had created chances throughout, in an open game, but it was Bec who held the lead until Jerome Boncoeur drew the scores level with fifteen minutes to go. This wasn't one of Balham's best performances, credit for which must go to Tooting, who were well organised and dangerous going forward. The was a win dug out by determination and drive rather than razzle dazzle but, sometimes, when the dazzle's disappeared other qualities are needed to get the job done.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Archard, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Emmett, Haire
Goal Scorers: Boncoeur, Archard


Wednesday October 14th Youth v Cove 2-2

The Youth team dropped their first points of the season in a tough game at Cove, where they had to come back twice to earn the point they deserved. Balham shaded the first half but came in at the break a goal behind. Lewis Mitchell brought them level after seventy minutes but a defensive "after you, sir" mix up, a minute later, meant that Cove were back in the ascendant. The sending off of Balham skipper, Jack Haire, made things worse however, as they did at home to Chessington, the team responded superbly, putting Cove on the back foot and pushing for an equaliser. Following a disallowed goal, Ollie Archard, popped up, as he has done many times already this season, to fire home after eighty-five minutes and in doing so maintain Balham's unbeaten record to date in 2015-16.

Team: Barbour, Clark, Haire(capt), Ostrowski, Archard, Afrifah-Owusu, Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Pires, Bashir, Mitchell
Subs: Ujkaj Ad, Day
Goal Scorers: Mitchell, Archard


Saturday October 10th v Ripley Village 3-1

Balham picked up their fifth win in a row and third in a row away from home at Ripley Village. They were on top in the first half but the final ball and finishing weren't quite as sharp as normal and as such the scores remained level at the break. The second half was a different story though with three fine goals being scored before Ripley got one back near the end. Jerome Boncoeur got the first when, after leaving left three players for dead with a sharp turn just inside the Ripley half, he lobbed the keeper from twenty-five yards with a pearler curler into the top corner. Dan David's twenty yard volley for the second goal was a match for Boncoeur's sublime finish and skipper Zak Elbekri's low edge of the box drive which beat the keeper at his near post wasn't too shabby either.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Luchford, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Emmett, Archard
Goal Scorers: Boncoeur, David, Elbekri


Thursday October 8th Youth v CB Hounslow 3-1

This was a relatively comfortable win for Balham, although the boys from SW12 never really got into full stride. There were a number of under par performances however, once Balham took the lead with Kwame Afrifah-Owusu's first goal for the club, the final outcome somehow never looked in doubt. Afrifah-Owusu added another before half time and left back Ollie Archard, who provided a stunning cross to assist the first goal, made it 3-0 in the second half with yet another trademark left foot finish. CB Hounslow scored a consolation goal late in the game, after Balham gave possession away in a bad area, but the home side made sure there were no further lapses.

Team: Miller, Clark, Barbour, Ostrowski, Archard, Haire(capt), Ujkaj A, Afrifah-Owusu, Pires, Bashir, Mitchell
Subs: Ujkaj Ad, Velaj
Goal Scorers: Afrifah-Owusu(2), Archard


Saturday October 3rd v Warlingham 9-2

Playing on a carpet at Warlingham Sports Club, with the sun on their backs, Balham produced a sizzling, scintillating performance. From the first to last whistle they played with pace, precision and panache. Centre forward, Jerome Boncoeur, gorged himself with an outstanding double hat trick, setting a club record for the amount of individual goals scored in a competitive senior game. Super sub, James Adebayo, nabbed two in a fine cameo appearance and the player he replaced, Ollie Archard, opened the scoring with a trademark drilled left foot finish. Needless to say this was Balham's best performance this season to date and made it four wins on the bounce with an impressive eighteen goals scored.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Archard, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Edney, Emmett
Goal Scorers: Boncoeur(6), Adebayo(2), Archard


Monday September 28th Youth v Fleet Spurs 3-0

A hospitable welcome was waiting in Hampshire at this Monday night game, if not the best of playing surfaces. Unable to play their usual brand of football on a very uneven bobbly pitch Balham had to make sure that things were kept simple and the basics were done well, which they were. A first goal of the season for the tricky, Akbar Bashir, who lashed home a left wing shot in the first half was added to by a poor pitch related back pass own goal in the second and topped off by a typical Ollie Archard strike at the end of one of many raiding runs he made up field from left back. This win makes it a satisfying three out of three for the champions at the start of their defence of the SYL title..

Team: Ward-Smith, Clark, Barbour, Ostrowski, Archard, Haire(capt), Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Pires, Bashir, Mitchell
Subs: Ujkaj Ad, Afrifah-Owusu
Goal Scorers: Bashir, Archard, o.g.


Saturday September 26th v Merrow 3-1

Balham put on an excellent all round display to win 3-1 away at league leaders Merrow. Eddie Luchford opened the scoring midway through the first half. Merrow equalised however from a mishit free kick which landed nicely at the feet of a free player in the box who reacted quickly and tucked it away. Despite this setback Balham continued to play some lovely football on a lovely pitch, putting pressure on an obdurate Merrow defence. It wasn't until midway through the second half though that they retook the lead when Luchford headed home from a corner. Speedy sub, James Adebayo, then smashed home a breakaway third near the end of the game to secure the victory and points on this sunny September day in Surrey.

Team: Miller, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Luchford, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Edney, Archard
Goal Scorers: Luchford(2), Adebayo


Thursday September 24th Youth v Chessington & Hook 4-3

If ever a game demonstrated that football is a game of two halves this was it. Chessington & Hook came flying out of the traps like rabid dogs and dominated the first half against a surprisingly lacklustre Balham. Their tenacious play put the home side on the back foot and forced errors which cost goals. As a result a bamboozled Balham trudged off at half time 0-3 down. Following a few choice words behind closed doors though they remerged for the second half determined to right the wrongs of their worst forty-five minutes for a very long time. Just as Chessington had hit Balham like a tornado before the break so Balham returned the favour after it. An early Lewis Mitchell goal made it game on at 1-3. Even though Balham were then reduced to ten men, after Morgan Roberts-Watson received a second yellow card, with the bit between their teeth, they poured forward in an adventurous 3-4-2 formation, pinning the away side back. A penalty from Arsen Ujkaj made it 2-3. With Chessington now looking shakier than Elvis Presley's hips the resurgent ten man Balham could smell victory and after a fine Ollie Archard finish drew the scores level, the left back, now playing up top, popped up again at the death to head home the winning goal and complete a stunning and quite remarkable comeback.

Team: Miller, Clark, Barbour, Ostrowski, Velaj, Haire(capt), Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Pires, Archard, Mitchell
Subs: Day, Ujkaj Ad, Bashir
Goal Scorers: Archard(2), Mitchell, Ujkaj A


Saturday September 19th v Virginia Water 2-0

Balham were worthy winners of this tough looking game on paper against Virginia Water, who were unbeaten in their last five games. The return from injury of new signing, Frank Charnock, provided stability at the back and going forward, in the first half, Balham were not far off their expansive free flowing best. Ironically enough both goals came after the break when the home side weren't as on point as they had been earlier. The all important first was a Harry Herbert bullet header from a Thomas Fosse corner. The second was a smart finish at the end of fine interplay from Fosse himself. The French number ten, starting for the first time this campaign, following a viral infection which severely interrupted his pre season, looked in fine fettle. There will no doubt have been a celebratory Anglo/French atmosphere in Tooting on Saturday night where Balham's two goal scorers share an abode.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Charnock, Henry, Elbekri(capt), David, Luchford, Fosse, Wocial, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Archard, Haire
Goal Scorers: Herbert, Fosse


Saturday September 12th v Yateley Utd 4-2

Midway through the second half it looked as though this home league game against Hampshire club, Yateley Utd, was going to follow the familiar recent pattern of total domination with nothing to show for it and poor goals conceded against the run of play. At last though Balham emerged from their final third malaise and struck four times in twenty-five minutes. Centre forward, Jerome Boncoeur, got the first with an exquisite chip and his strike partner, Eddie Luchford, then got a hat trick, the first of which, a curling finish from the edge of the box, rivaled Boncoeur's as the goal of the game. There was much relief when the game concluded as to come away with nothing from another match dominated from first to last would have driven most Balhamites to something much stronger than a post match ribena.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Herbert, Edney, Henry, Elbekri(capt), Archard, David, Wocial, Luchford, Boncoeur
Subs: Adebayo, Fosse, Rodriguez
Goal Scorers: Luchford(3), Boncoeur


Thursday September 10th Youth v Conquest 4-2

Conquest came to conquer at Cobham in Balham's first league game in defence of their Southern Youth League title, but it was the home side who conquered at the end of an exhilarating encounter. A Max Barbour header gave Balham an early lead, before the away side equalised. A penalty just before half time, clinically despatched by Arsen Ujkaj, restored Balham's advantage, but a penalty just after half time for Conquest restored parity. Both sides looked dangerous going forward throughout however it was last season's champions who took the lead for a third time following an Ujkaj header. Admir, younger brother of two goal Arsen, then came off the bench and marked an impressive debut by cooly slotting home Balham's fourth goal which made sure of the conquest of Conquest.

Team: Miller, Clark, Barbour, Ostrowski, Velaj, Haire(capt), Ujkaj A, Roberts-Watson, Pires, Archard, Mitchell
Subs: Day, Ujkaj Ad
Goal Scorers: Ujkaj A(2), Barbour, Ujkaj Ad


Saturday September 5th v AFC Cubo 1-3

Playing on a postage stamp sized pitch with ankle high grass is not ideal for any team that likes to play a high tempo expansive game however, despite having their wings clipped, Balham should have left Barn Elms with all three points rather than one. The fact that they headed home with none having, as in recent games, totally dominated territory and possession, defies belief. AFC Cubo had four shots in total and scored from three of them. Balham had numerous goal attempts but only Dan David, direct from a free kick, managed to beat the Cubo keeper. The home side were, as always, well organised and dangerous on the break but when you have twenty corners in a game, which shows how much pressure was being applied, to leave with nothing but a muddy kit is criminal.

Team: Kuklinski, Rodriguez, Frew, Herbert(capt), Henry, Elbekri, Bartley, Archard, David, Wocial, Luchford Subs: Boncoeur, Fosse, Haire
Goal Scorer: David


Monday August 31st v Godalming & Farncombe 0-4

The less said about this performance the better. Suffice to say it was the worst by Balham for a very long time. The first twenty-five minutes, which the SW12 boys dominated, without ever looking anywhere near their best, wasn't too bad but, as soon as Godalming scored following the breakdown of a Balham attack, the wheels began to come off. Having had such a great pre season it's possible that complacency has set in and that, despite falling behind, Balham believed as a matter of course that they'd come back to win. An extremely poor second half however, lacking quality and leadership, told a very different story and it was a bemused, battered, home side that left the field of play knowing they'd let themselves and their club down.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Elbekri(capt), Herbert, Henry, Bartley, David, Adebayo, Emmett, Wocial, Luchford
Subs: Townsend, Benson, Frew


Saturday August 29th v Project Clapham 0-0

From start to finish Balham totally dominated this game both in terms of possession and territory. It was one way traffic heading towards the away team's goal for ninety minutes. For once though, despite creating lots of opportunities to score, Balham couldn't get the all important goal, which may well have led to others being scored. Alongside the less than clinical finishing from the home team credit must be given to Project Clapham, who were well organised, disciplined and despite riding their luck at times, defended excellently as an eleven throughout. The man of the match was without question their keeper, who produced a string of top saves and marshalled his defence superbly.

Team:Kuklinski, Fenlon, Elbekri(capt), Herbert, Henry, Bartley, David, Townsend, Benson, Wocial, Adebayo
Subs: Emmett, Luchford, Rodriguez


Saturday August 22nd v NPL 7-1

The final scoreline in Balham's first home league game at the clubs new ground share at Cobham FC was one they'd love to repeat on a regular basis. Goals from Tomasz Wocial and Jamal Bartley were the rewards for a dominant first half display. An even more dominant second period saw Balham add another five, with Wocial completing his hat trick, netting twice from the penalty spot. Centre forward, James Adebayo, also hit the back of the net, as did second half subs, Ollie Archard and Richie Emmett. There will be tougher encounters ahead but, on a sweltering summers day more akin to southern Spain than southern England, this was just the start Balham wanted at their new leafy Surrey abode.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Charnock, Herbert(capt), Henry, Bartley, David, Townsend, Benson, Wocial, Adebayo
Subs: Emmett, Archard, Elbekri
Goal Scorers: Wocial(3), Bartley, Adebayo, Archard, Emmett


Saturday August 15th v Horsley 0-0

Balham made a solid start to the new season with a well earned point away to last season's SEIFL champions. Having finished first and third respectively in 2014-15 this promised to be a heavyweight clash between two of the league's top teams and that's exactly what it proved to be. Although chances were created, as the score line suggests, both teams were well organised and defended stubbornly. Balham hit the bar in the first half and came close to scoring on a few other occasions but they were also indebted to new keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, who pulled off three exceptional second half saves, the last of which was an early candidate for save of the season.

Team: Kuklinski, Fenlon, Charnock, Herbert(capt), Henry, Bartley, David, Townsend, Benson, Wocial, Adebayo
Subs: Emmett, Archard, Rodriguez


Saturday August 8th v Nottsborough FC 5-0 (PSF)

Balham rounded off a very successful seven match pre season programme with a resounding victory against highly rated Southern Amateur League side, Nottsborough. An own goal following a cross from Balham left back, Jake Henry, was the only score of the first half. The following forty-five minutes saw Eddie Luchford, who is regaining match fitness and sharpness following a year out of the game, score four to make it six in pre season for him. Balham have scored a very impressive thirty-eight in their seven game programme, conceding nine and played some lovely football. There are unfortunately no prizes or promotions for pre season however. It's all important preparation for the long, hard, league and cup campaign which begins on August 15th away at Horsley FC. Come on you Balham!


Saturday August 1st v Leatherhead U21s 4-0 (PSF)

Balham's sixth pre season game against Leatherhead U21s proved to be another very useful outing on the 3G at Southfields Academy. Some of the football played was of the highest order and but for the Leatherhead keeper and some profligate finishing the win could have been more comfortable. Arsen Ujkaj opened the scoring with a sweet strike from the edge of the box, finishing a fine move. Left back Khalid Savage, who was excellent throughout, added a second and Eddie Luchford netted the third, all before half time. A wonderful left foot strike from Ollie Archard was the only goal scored in the second half but on another day it could have been a lot more. The goals scored and the football played were just what the doctor ordered but the most pleasing aspect of the win was undoubtedly the clean sheet, the only thing missing in what has been a top pre season to date.


Wednesday July 29th v Cobham 5-2 (PSF)

Balham's fifth pre season game, played at their ground share home at Leg O'Mutton Field, produced another good performance to beat co habitants Cobham 5-2 on Wednesday July 29th. Two first half goals from Jermaine Townsend and one from Jerome Boncoeur gave the boys from SW12 a 3-2 half time lead, which was added to after the break by Eddie Luchford and Richie Emmett, who has now scored five in his four games for the club. Balham also had a goal disallowed, Jake Henry, skipper on the night, hit the bar and the Cobham keeper pulled off two outstanding saves. Balham keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, although called into action from time to time, had a quieter evening.


Saturday July 25th v Spelthorne Sports 2-1 (PSF)

Balham put in their most impressive pre season performance thus far to come back from 1-0 down to beat top six Combined Counties Premier League side, Spelthorne Sports, in a humdinger on Saturday July 25th, at their ground in Middlesex. Goals from Eddie Luchford, playing his first game since returning from his gap year in Australia and new signing Richie Emmett, who now has four in three games, won the day. There were many contenders for man of the match, from new keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, who pulled off some stunning saves, all the way through the fifteen players on duty, in what was a spellbinding performance in Spelthorne.


Saturday July 18th v Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers 13-1 (PSF)

Balham were in sizzling form on a sunny Saturday July 18th in their third pre season game, putting thirteen past Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers. The game started brightly with both teams playing well. A brilliant move from back to front saw Balham open the scoring which they then added to a further six times in the first half. Another six followed the break as Balham's young guns took on board the simple half time message to keep pushing, pressing and hitting the back of the net. The goals a plenty, many of them corkers, came from Jake Henry(2), Jamal Bartley(2), Luke Fenlon(2), Richie Emmett(2), Thomas Fosse(2), James Adebayo, Ollie Archard and Jermaine Townsend. The only frustrating blot on an otherwise peachy performance was a goal conceded when the score was 2-0. When you've scored so many at the other end it's difficult to be too critical but the aim in every game always has to be to keep a clean sheet.


Wednesday July 15th v AFC Croydon Athletic 2-3 (PSF)

Balham were two minutes away from beating Croydon Athletic on Wednesday July 15th. The pre season game against opposition two leagues higher was very even throughout. Balham took the lead in the first half when Tomasz Wocial converted a clear penalty. Croydon gained parity however just before the break. New striker, Richie Emmett, making his debut as a second half substitute looked to have scored the winning goal with a fine drilled finish from a Dan David assist but two lapses of concentration at the death meant the only downside in what was an extremely encouraging Balham performance was the unfortunate final 2-3 result.


Sunday July 12th v Chelsea Kickz 7-2 (PSF)

Balham made a flying start to the new campaign in the first pre season game of 2015-16, against Chelsea Kickz, on Sunday July 12th. Four goals from last season's top scorer, Jerome Boncoeur and one a piece from James Adebayo, Jermaine Townsend and Tomasz Wocial, from the penalty spot, meant Balham ran out 7-2 winners on the 3g pitch at Southfields Academy.


 

 


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