Hillingdon Borough 1 Enfield Town 4 AET
A brave display was not enough to carry Hillingdon Borough to victory in the Middlesex Charity Cup after Enfield Town came from behind to win 4-1 with three extra time strikes.
The final, held over from last season because of fixture congestion, bad weather and Enfield's reluctance to play, featured an entirely new Boro starting line-up compared to the semi-final.
With all but a few players having left the club in the wake of Steve Ringrose's departure only Alastair Harris remained from the 3-1 win over Edgware Town and he was on the bench back in April.
New manager Rob Burton missed the game because he was on a coaching course but he would have been pleased with the start his side made.
In only the fifth minute Jey Silva delivered a fine cross with his cultured left foot and as keeper and defender left it to each other, John Powles arrived at the back post to steer the ball home.
With something to hold on to Boro sat tight and frustrated Town until the first half ended in a flurry of chances.
Glenn Harvey and Luke Marshall went close, Michael Deane bobbled a shot wide and only a sliding stop by Powles prevented a tap in, while Boro replied with a neat move that ended with Sam Worrell putting Dan Campbell through, but he tried to nutmeg Jason Willis and the keeper got his foot to the ball. Enfield turned up the heat in the second half and it was no surprise when Marshall reacted first to stab the ball home after Boro only half cleared a corner.
Campbell and Powles were denied by Willis in quick succession but Town were on top and only a brilliant recovery by Tinoi Christie, atoning for his own glaring error, prevented a second Town goal. Boro keeper Matt Davis turned a David Wattley header round the post with the last action of normal time but he was beaten soon after when Harvey smashed a 30-yard volley which swerved late and flew straight through the custodian.
Boro tried to hit back and Rudi Hall and Willis somehow kept out a Powles cross they knew little about but in the final 10 minutes, Marshall, first from 23 yards and then from 12, sealed both his own hat-trick and Enfield's win.
BORO: Davis, Kendall, Christie (Sharples 90), Silva, Paul, Powles, Worrell (Glenn 70), King, Campbell, Reid (Nuno 32), Harris. Subs not used: Malekina, Carr.
Goals, Boro: Powles 4. Enfield: Marshall 54, 110, 116. Harvey 96. Attendance: 138.