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A local friendly against a Battersea Ironsides Reserves team on Monday August 18th proved a worthwhile excercise and provided an opportunity to give more players some much needed game time. A very young Balham team, containing four U17s and only one player over 21, ran out 3-1 winners with goals from U18 centre back Zola Rodriguez and second half strikes from Luke Fenlon and Lewis Mitchell.
A 2-1 win against Nottsborough FC in the final pre season friendly on Saturday August 9th meant Balham completed an unbeaten six game pre season schedule. Well over thirty players have featured in the games which have all been good tests and workouts. Second half goals from Michael McConnell and Eddie Luchford, who has picked up where he left off last season hitting the back of the net, gave Balham a cushion in this keenly contested encounter on a lovely pitch at the Kingston University ground in Tolworth, before Notts got one back at the death, heading home from a corner.
This season, 2014-15, Balham FC are continuing to grow, adding a Ladies’ team to our armoury for the first time ever. We have welcomed Panthers WFC into the fold, an FA Charter Standard team who play in the Greater London Womens Football League Division 2 (South). Last season, the team secured a mid-table finish, and hope to build on Balham’s successes of last season to push for the league title. The squad will train on Wednesday nights at Kennington Park, Oval from 7.45pm and play on Sunday afternoons at 2pm (home ground currently Tooting Bec). We are currently recruiting players to bolster the squad so, whether you're a striker, defender or goalkeeper, please get in contact with BPFC Team Rep, Alison Campbell and join us at training to see if Balham Panthers FC is the club for you!
After a weekend with training instead of matches, on July 27th/28th, pre season friendles resumed on Saturday August 3rd v Old Wilsonians and Sunday August 4th with a rematch v Chelsea Development. A total of 24 players featured in all with 4 players playing in both games. The two matches were keenly contested and proved to be excellent workouts. 5 of the 7 goals scored in total by Balham, in a 3-3 draw on Saturday and a 4-3 win on Sunday, actually came from players who warmed the bench at the start. The goals v Old Wilsonians came from Eddie Luchford(2) and Tomasz Wocial, whilst on Sunday two goals from U16 player, Lewis Mitchell and one a piece from U17 player, Mateus Pires, on his debut and left back Khalid Savage gave Balham a second pre season victory against Chelsea Development in another close encounter on the 3g at Southfields Community College.
Balham's pre season friendlies continued on Saturday July 19th with a game at Cobham FC. The home team's squad was far from full strength and featured trialists in the main. Nevertheless Balham's young team, which featured a smattering of new players, played excellently throughout to win 5-0. The goals came from debutant James Adebayo(2), Sammy Machirimba, Alfie McCheyne and from an own goal.
The new season started with First Team pre season friendlies on Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th. Both were played on the 3g pitch at Southfields Community College and both proved to be productive outings. Different line ups were put out in each game. The line up on Saturday v Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers featured most of last season's First Team squad. It proved to be a close game, won by Balham 3-1, with two nice goals from Eddie Luchford and Jerome Boncoeur and a left foot Cahillesque volleyed wonder strike from Dan David. A smart finish from Under 17 player, Ollie Archard and a classy curler into the far top corner from left back Louis Farquharson, added to an opposition own goal, meant Balham also ran out 3-1 winners v Chelsea Development the following day, with a line up featuring Youth Team players and trialists.
What an amazing season Eddie Luchford had in 2013-14. Not only was he top scorer in the Southern Youth League with 34 goals in 20 games, twice as many as the runner up, but he also scored 28 in 26 games for the Balham FC First Team. Eddie's combined goal scoring feats for both teams, 62 in 46 games, which included 7 in one game for the Youth team, may never be equalled. His goal scoring exploits won him not only SSEC League and Cup winners medals with the First Team and SYL League Cup and Invitational Plate Runners Up Medals with the Youth Team but three coveted individual accolades as SYL Top Goalscorer, Balham FC Players Player of the Year and BBFC Youth Team Players Player of the Year.
When you consider that there are 30 teams and approximately 600 players in the Southern Youth League, to be voted Southern Youth League Player of the Season is an incredible achievement. BBFC is honoured and delighted that for the first time since we joined the league in 2010 a player from our club has won this top individual award. The player in question is skipper, Cornell Holland, who had a brilliant season, not only for the Youth team, but also for the First team, where his consistenly high level of performance contributed greatly to the league and cup double being won.
Congratulations to all associated with the BBFC Youth Team who won the Southern Youth League Fair Play Award for 2013-14.
Balham have done the League and Cup double! A glorious night for the First team as they beat St Andrews 3-2 in the SSEC League cup final.
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