It was a double celebration for Enfield Borough at the weekend as they won the inaugural 32 Borough Cup at Wanstead Flats while the first 11 beat Bovingdon 5-0 away from home in a pre-season friendly.

The 32 Borough Cup was instigated by Bobby Kasanga of Hackney Wick FC and was organised with the aim of helping to combat youth violence and to create safer streets for young people.

The competition was for 16-18 year-olds and each of the thirty two London boroughs were represented, although there were a couple of late withdrawals.

On Saturday, the teams were split into eight groups of four with the top two teams in each group coming back on Sunday to compete in the knockout phase of the competition.

Placed in a group with Camden, Havering and Wandsworth, Enfield defeated Camden 2-0 and Wandsworth 4-0 while Havering were non-attendees.

In the last sixteen Merton were beaten 1-0, Camden were vanquished 2-0 in the quarter-final and Bromley were beaten by the same score in the semi- final which set up a final with Kensington.

A close-fought and tense match was decided in Enfield’s favour by a solitary goal.

“We were asked to provide a team to represent Enfield by Bobby because the work that we do off the pitch locally is very much in line with what he is doing in Hackney” said club chairman Marvin Walker.

“We held trials for the team and had them coached and managed by Yilmaz Sami and Roy Bleau. We were very excited to be involved in such an initiative, but to win the tournament was a massive bonus. To see so many young people from all parts of London competing together on the football field was a very rewarding experience.”

Meanwhile, Borough’s first team travelled to Hertfordshire to face Bovingdon in their penultimate pre-season friendly.

Enfield took the lead just before the half hour when Richard Ennin dispatched a penalty awarded for a clumsy challenge on him before Oltian Klosi doubled the lead shortly after with a superbly struck half volley.

After the interval, Borough were awarded another spot kick when Dervon Hurde’s surging run was ended by a robust tackle and Alie Bangura netted from the spot.

Two further goals in the closing minutes from Bangura and Nathan Henry sealed a pleasing victory.

Meanwhile, Borough have also had their fixtures for the new Spartan South Midlands League Division One season confirmed.

They will travel to Rayners Lane on the opening day on Saturday, August 3, while their first home game will be against newly-formed side New Salamis on Tuesday, August 6.

The opening month continues with a home fixture against Buckingham Athletic, and then closes with trips to Langford and Brimsdown respectively.

The campaign will close with the side travelling to Tottenham-based outfit Park View on Saturday, April 25 2020.