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