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 .