Balham played excellently from beginning to end in this league encounter at home to an in form Knaphill. Despite starting very well however they fell behind in the first half. No panic buttons were pressed though and it wasn’t too long before, on fire, numero neuf, Ibrahim Olutade, brought the scores level. A smart finish from the industrious James Gallagher gave the home team a lead they deserved on seventy-two minutes and Olutade then seemingly put the game to bed with a few minutes to go. A defensive mix up very soon after gave Knaphill brief hope of recovery but Balham saw out the game and in doing so collected the much needed three points they merited.
Team: Read H, McConnell, Frew, Goodband(capt), Henry, Wocial, Fuller, Gallagher, Luchford, Fosse, Nuur, Olutade
Subs: Fenlon, Boncoeur, Simpson-Last
Goal Scorers: Olutade(2), Gallagher