Godalming and Farncombe Athletic v Balham

11am  28 December 2015

Surrey Elite Intermediate League
Godalming and Farncombe Athletic 1 Balham 3 (att 25)

After a football-free Boxing Day I made the most of the Bank Holiday to get to a couple of games in the south, beginning with a visit to "step seven" newcomers Godalming and Farncombe Athletic.

They've made a decent start to life in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League, but were always going to be in for a tough time against title-chasing Balham.

The home side threatened a surprise when they went in front early on, courtesy of an own goal, but once Balham got into their stride it wasn't long before they equalised.

Surprisingly, the score remained 1-1 until half time, despite chances for both sides. Even more surprisingly, although Balham were on top it took them until the 80th minute before they edged in front. Five minutes later a controversial third goal made the game safe.

Godalming and Farncombe are based at the Holloway Hill Recreation Ground. From the pavilion, the senior pitch is on the far side of a cricket square, and is bordered beyond by tennis courts and a children's play area, all of which were busy.

Just the near side of the pitch was roped off, with a few chairs set out to act as dugouts. Although a basic football venue, the recreation ground has the feel of a thriving community facility.

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