After five and a half months on the sidelines, Enfield Borough return to action tomorrow evening when they travel to Bedfont to play FC Deportivo Galicia in the much delayed Middlesex Premier Cup tie.

The Spartan South Midlands League, in which Borough compete, have called a halt to the league campaign but have initiated a new competition called the Spring Cup with teams split into small groups.

Member clubs were given the choice of whether or not to participate and Enfield decided against playing.

However the county cup provides the club with a chance of gaining some silverware from an otherwise very disrupted and truncated season.

Joint managers Shaun Reece and Mani Asare are just happy to see the team back on the pitch again.

“We are delighted to be back playing football and are looking forward to our Middlesex cup match against FC Deportivo Galicia” said Reece.

“It has been a difficult period for everyone so it is good to get back to some routine of training and playing matches as the benefits of the game cannot be underestimated, both from a social and physical standpoint. The sessions we have had so far have been good and the boys are ready to go so it should be a good test for us this week and hopefully we come away with the victory.”

The plan had originally been for to use fringe players in the competition, but Covid restrictions, and other factors, have meant that is no longer possible.

“The original intention was to use this competition to give game time to fringe players who had been unable to get many league matches under their belts” added Asare. “However, due to the covid19 restrictions and the loss of league activity, a full strength 1st XI will make the away trip to West London on Wednesday night to face Deportivo.”

Meanwhile another of Enfield Borough’s young players has signed professional forms. Dawid Nikolaj has returned to his native Poland to sign for SKS Wisla Sandomierz. The 18-year-old defender had been at Borough since November 2019 and had made 13 appearances.

“Everyone at the club is delighted for Dawid. Playing in defence for this club is not always the easiest of tasks, but he showed great poise and temperament for one so young and hopefully he will go on to have a very successful career” said Chairman Marvin Walker.