Stuart Crawford's youngsters pipped Hayes & Yeading United to the Capital League Western Division title by just a point and bagged the President's Cup just a few days earlier, making up for their defeat in the final in the 2008/09 season. Several of them are sure to feature in Borough's Ryman Premier first team next season. Those who have caught the eye include midfielder Clayton Dixon and winger-cum-forward Charles Adeyemi.
However, Crawford now faces a welcome selection dilemma. He usually has between 50 and 60 trialists in over pre-season but he expects interest to increase in the wake of their remarkable achievements.
“In the reserves it is more about progression than winning things and we never expected this at the start of the season,” said the Borough reserve team boss. “We will get a lot more quality players coming down to try out for us now and that can only bode well for the team.”
Borough, skippered by 18-year-old Jasper Owen, made light of limited resources to win silverware on other fronts, sticking two fingers up at the perceived bigger teams in the division.
“Most of the lads are only 18 or 19 and travel quite a distance to come here,” added Crawford. “We are up against a lot of bigger clubs, some from the Conference. But if these lads can get into the first team and get the right guidance then I think the potential is there for them to perhaps make it (in the Football League).
“The lads have been terrific and got what they deserved. I would like to thank them and both David Noonan (assistant manager) and Matt M'Boge (reserve team coach).”