Forest Hill started brightly against higher level opposition Balham, with the hosts defence tested quite early, but were shocked to go behind within 6 minutes eith an excellent long range strike from the Balham forward, surprsingly beating the visitors keeper.
The remainder of the half was very balanced, both sides displaying some attractive positive Football.
Chances were created at both ends, but the defences were resolute.
With the game still fairly even, Balham were looking the more threatening, midway through the half the hosts doubled their lead, with a fine finish.
From then on Balham were in control, and went on further to put the tie beyond FHP with s further 3 goals.
Balham were undoubtedly the better side on the day and deserved the victory .