It was an all Division Two Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Cup Third Round on Wednesday evening at Donkey Lane as Enfield Borough entertained Unite MK. Both teams had got through the last round by beating teams from the top end of the Premier Division on penalty kicks - Borough at Cockfosters and Unite MK at home against Welwyn Garden City.
For Step seven side to make a 50 mile away trip on a Wednesday evening is a difficult task with everyone having jobs elsewhere and it seemed most of the Unite squad's tricky trip was delayed in bad traffic causing them only having a handful of players in the ground and warming up with around half-an-hour to go to kick off. So, it wasn't the best preparation for them.
Borough included dual registered Enfield Town player's Nathan Living's (central midfield) and Connor Bolton (playing at right-back) in their starting line up and they helped Borough to a well deserved and very comfortable victory.
Bolton scored from close range to make it 1-0 after some good play from Soloman Nwabuokei and a great piece of refereeing when the man-in-the-middle waved play-on after a foul in the build up the goal.
Bolton got on the score sheet again when Thomas Opoku picked him out at the far post allowing him to volley home. Livings then scored the stand-out goal of the night when receiving the ball outside of the box he placed a great looping shot into the net with the Unite keeper having no chance of saving it.
It was 4-0 when Opoku crept in following some hesitant defending in the centre of the penalty box.
Borough's good play continued in the second half when substitute Lewis Wilson scored - he has been gaining some rave reviews whilst playing with Enfield Town u18s and looks a really good prospect. Alfie Hatch then scored a penalty kick before Wilson got a second when the keeper spilled a shot from outside of the box to make the score 7-0 and a night to forget for Unite MK who did have a few goal scoring opportunities - they should of scored in the first half when a shot which should of been on target was pulled wide of the goal and in the second half when a long range shot was well saved by the Borough keeper.
It was a really good night for the home side as the scoreline suggests - Olakunle Akinwande was very impressive with his pacey and powerful forward runs on the left hand side in the first half and on the right hand side on the second half. It was a good way to banish the memories of their 3-4 home defeat in the Division Two Cup against Aston Clinton last Saturday.
Enfield Borough travel to Premier Division side Leverstock Green in the Quarter-Final of the competition on Tuesday 31st January 2017. Their next game is not scheduled to be until Monday 2nd January when they welcome St Neots Town Reserves to Donkey Lane.
Unite MK get to re-group and go again in a Division Two Cup game at home against Loughton Manor on Saturday afternoon before travelling to United Counties League Division One Olney Town on Tuesday evening in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.
including all seven goals scored