It's been a real struggle for the first team of FC Broxbourne Borough this season but the fact they are playing in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division is something to celebrate. Over the summer of 2016 it was announced the club would not field a first team for the campaign following the departure of manager Frank Piazza along with many players but in a dramatic u-turn the club announced the senior-team would continue following a lengthy meeting.
Terry Gritton was appointed manager and took on the task of building a squad ready for the season. Borough went into this game bottom of the table on just three wins from twenty-nine games played with Edgware Town who had won seven of their twenty-eight games played who were still in danger of finishing in the bottom two and being relegated back to Division One of the SSML.
This game saw Borough include new signing Jeff Okirie (from Hadley) leading the line up front along with a line-up that included James Kelly, Garvey Tulloch-Jordan (sub) and Jay Batchelor (sub) who were members of the club's history making under 18 side who have recently made it all the way to the FA Youth Cup Fifth Round.
Town are managed by ex Enfield Town fan's favourite Fabio Valenti and included a number of ex Town players in their line-up such as Paul Marks (playing in a centre-back partnership with the non-league veteran Fergus Moore), George McCluskey and Adam Wallace who started on the bench.
Some of the crowd of 45 people gather to watch the teams line-up last Tuesday - FC Broxbourne Borough need your support if you are local to Goffs Lane.
The game was played in front of a few less spectators than the 1000+ who saw the under 18's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie against Yeovil Town as only 45 people were present with a decent following from Edgware.
The home side were marginally the better and could of been one or two goals up at half time but it was 0-0 at the break. They got their break through on the hour mark when Okirie received a through ball looking just on side and was able to compose himself and pass the ball into the back of the net past Cain Davies in the Edgware goal.
Unfortunately for boss Gritton they were unable to hold on to record their first victory in eleven league games as Edgware came back with Billal Butt (via the penalty spot) and Ethan Mooney scoring to earn three valuable points for The Wares.
Since this game was played FC Broxbourne Borough lost to Holmer Green on Saturday (0-2) and have parted company with Terry Gritton who has been replaced by Roy Bleau who has been the under 18s side who had the excellent FA Youth Cup run.
There has been some brilliant news for the club as one of the under 18's star player's Alie Bangura has recently gone on trial at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and looks to have a big future in the game.
Bleau faces two tough away trips in his first two games in caretaker charge at Wembley (Tuesday 28th February) and Tring Athletic (Saturday 11th March).
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE
CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM THREE PLACES ONLY
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Looking at the league table (only the bottom two go down) it maybe a little too late to think about staying up but the future does look bright for the club with many young players looking to break through to the first team. If you are local to Goffs Lane why not pay them a visit?
The Wares run title favourite's London Colney close in a 2-3 loss at the weekend - their next game is an away trip and local derby Challenge Trophy Third Round game at Hadley on Wednesday evening.