Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson hailed his side’s attacking quality after they won a see-saw match 3-2 against Balham at the Memorial Ground on Saturday in the Combined Counties Premier Division South.
Town took an early lead when Shamal Edwards reacted quickest to a defensive error to swivel and prod home his shot from six yards.
Balham turned the game on its head in the second half and equalised through James Anderson’s bicycle kick, before Tomasz Wocial produced a stunning curled finish from outside the area to put the visitors 2-1 up.
Farnham equalised on 81 minutes. Edwards ran on to a long pass forward, the Balham keeper came out to clear the ball and failed to make it, and Edwards stretched to steer the ball into the empty net.
The winner arrived seven minutes into added time when a Tom Smith corner found Lewis Flatman free at the far post, and the striker’s powerful header proved too much for the defender on the line who could only head the ball up and into the roof of the net.
The late winner sparked dramatic scenes of celebration, and Johnson was delighted with the character his players showed.
“It was a good way to win – and another great ending,” said Johnson.
“It was a bit of a dull game, but it came to life in the last ten minutes – and people remember the last ten minutes.
“They scored two good goals, but we had a lot of chances.
“Balham like to pass the ball around at the back, which slows the game down.
“We let them play out from the back – there was no need to press as they couldn’t hurt us from there.
“We then took advantage of their mistakes and attacked.
“We maybe scored the first goal too early.
“The boys believed we would come back after falling behind – which is a sign of a good side.”
Johnson also praised the attacking options in his side for delivering in the key moments to claim the three points against Balham, with plenty of firepower at his disposal.
“Shamal and Lewis delivered again and Owen Dean was a threat going forward,” said Johnson.
“We know that if we get the ball forward in the right areas we will create chances.
“We know we’ve got goals in the team, which is a nice feeling for everyone – the players, the fans and the coaches.
“Our aim is to get in the top five and we’ve got six games left to achieve it.
“We’re now getting towards where we want to be going forwards into next season.
“I’ve had time to work with the players and we’ve also brought some good players in.”
Farnham were frustrated by the weather on Tuesday night, when their game at home to Redhill was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Next up for Johnson’s side is a trip to fifth-placed Knaphill in the Combined Counties Premier Division South on Saturday (3pm), in what promises to be a key game in the battle for a top-five finish.