Firsts v Walton & Hersham 0-1



Balham’s second league game of the year at the Wibbandune was ultimately a disappointment as the home side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Walton & Hersham. The visitors, who drew 3-3 with Balham earlier in the season, went into the game 4th in the league table. While the reverse fixture was a thriller, Saturday’s game saw little in the way of excitement for either side. The opening exchanges were lacking in quality, both sides opting to hit the ball aimlessly into the wind rather than playing with any real purpose. As there were no real chances to talk about, it was a surprise when Walton took the lead with their first shot just fifteen minutes in. They did not make use of their momentum however and Balham took the upper hand for the rest of the half. The game gained a little bit of an edge just before half time, when Walton’s Billy Jeffereys flew in with a high tackle on Arsen Ujkaj. Despite making clear contact with his opponent’s knee, Jeffereys escaped a booking for his out of control challenge. Balham’s offensive struggles continued into the second half. Tomasz Wocial and Thomas Fosse came closest to providing an equaliser, but the home side frustratingly remained unable to create anything better than a half-chance all the way until the final whistle.

Team: Read H, Frew, Gibbs, Henry, Fenlon, Gallagher, Fosse, Wocial, Ujkaj A, Adebayo, Olutade
Subs: Nuur, Fuller J, Garcia, Neish