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Horley Town
Balham
K Boylan (20', 44'), A Grant (30', 55'), J Poplett (68')
Full time
Tue 22 Aug 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - Premier Division

Horley Town v Balham

Up and Running in the league

It was a return to league action on Tuesday following our FA Cup exit on Saturday , and a return to a near full strength line up.
With an air of desperation amongst the players , who were under pressure to get the first league points of the season , the game early on didn't have a great deal of quality . That said we were benefitting from a more balanced line up , and beginning to exert ourselves against keen opponents. At the mid way point and with degree of control in the game , we were punished when we casually lost possession and didn't shown enough energy to match the movement of the Balham attack and fell behind to a front post finish.
No doubt a test of character , but one we would rather not have had.
Thankfully our response was good , and an equaliser arrived shortly after falling behind , when Kerran Boylan headed home a Scott Robson cross. The relief was noticeable as we scored our first goal in three outings. If ever a goal was the catalyst for a team to settle and play to their potential this was it. We took the lead on the half hour mark when Adam Grant fired into the bottom corner and a third arrived on half time from a Butch Smith corner , again headed in by Kerran Boylan.
Complacency would be the only enemy and the next goal was always going to be all important.
It duly arrived early on in the second half when Tate Greenaway cleverley found Adam Grant , who converted calmly for his second of the match.
With the side in a confident mood a well timed forward burst from Jack Poplett was found with a fine through ball that everyone else missed as it travelled forward , and his finish was more like that of a centre forward than centre back.
In truth it should have been how many at this stage , but strangely two dismissals for our opponents worked against us , as players lost a bit of discipline in their play and whilst dominating the ball further chances to add to our tally were limited. The second of which as a result of a foul on Tate Greenaway when he was in the throes of setting Kerran Boylan up for what would have been his hat trick.
With the game done it allowed for three players carrying knocks to be replaced as consideration was given to the tests over the Bank Holiday weekend against Guildford City at the Spectrum and Redhill at the New Defence.
A welcome three points .

Key moments

20:00
Goal Kerran Boylan scores for Horley Town
30:00
Goal Adam Grant scores for Horley Town
44:00
Goal Kerran Boylan scores for Horley Town
55:00
Goal Adam Grant scores for Horley Town
68:00
Goal Jack Poplett scores for Horley Town

Highlights

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80:00 Sub Off
Mark Bevan is substituted off for Horley Town
80:00 Sub On
Tayo Ajayi is substituted on for Horley Town
70:00 Sub Off
Ryan Brackpool is substituted off for Horley Town
70:00 Sub On
Harry Williams is substituted on for Horley Town
68:00 Goal 5 - 0
Jack Poplett scores for Horley Town
55:00 Goal 4 - 0
Adam Grant scores for Horley Town
55:00 Sub Off
Zach Powell is substituted off for Horley Town
55:00 Sub On
Conrae Cespedes is substituted on for Horley Town
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 3 - 0
Kerran Boylan scores for Horley Town
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Adam Grant scores for Horley Town
20:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kerran Boylan scores for Horley Town
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As it happened

  • Horley Town
  • Balham
  • 0
  • Kerran Boylan Goal 20:00'
  • Adam Grant Goal 30:00'
  • Kerran Boylan Goal 44:00'
  • Adam Grant Goal 55:00'
  • Zach Powell Sub Off 55:00'
  • Conrae Cespedes Sub On 55:00'
  • Jack Poplett Goal 68:00'
  • Ryan Brackpool Sub Off 70:00'
  • Harry Williams Sub On 70:00'
  • Mark Bevan Sub Off 80:00'
  • Tayo Ajayi Sub On 80:00'

Team selection

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Camberley Town 18 29
7. Knaphill 18 28
8. Horley Town 17 28
9. Balham 16 25
10. Spelthorne Sports 19 25
11. Guildford City 17 23
12. North Greenford United 17 22

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