RYMAN ONE NORTH Hillingdon Borough 0 Ware 4
New Hillingdon Borough manager Steve Hale watched his side lose 4-0, slump to the bottom of Ryman Division One North - and confessed he still cannot stop smiling.
The former striker, who played for just about every senior Hillingdon team except for Boro, was delighted with the attitude shown by his new side at home to Ware.
Now the 38-year-old aims to put a smile back on the faces of all at the Middlesex Stadium by leading them to safety.
"I came out smiling because even though we lost 4-0 I was very happy," said Hale, who was given the job after Rob Burton quit last weekend. "I asked for a performance, 100 per cent effort, discipline and hard work and they gave their all.
"They want to play football the right way and it was a joy to watch. I'm really,really chuffed and delighted to be given the chance.
"I've got every confidence of getting out of trouble or I would not have taken it on."
Hale played for numerous clubs in and around Hillingdon, making his name at Northwood where he struck up a prolific partnership with Lawrence Yaku and earned Hale, a paramedic, a shot at playing lifesaver to Terry Brown's Hayes, although he was unable to prevent them sliding out of the Nationwide Conference. Boro is his first post as a manager having spent time as Flackwell Town coach last year and Burnham assistant this season, until he resigned a week ago on Thursday.
He watched Boro's game with Leyton in midweek before chairman Malkeet Dhaliwal offered him the position and he readily accepted.
Hale then brought in several new players including ex-Hampton & Richmond Borough and Maid-enhead United striker Adrian Allen, Paul Kelly (Bracknell) and Scott Chapman (Burnham), but they were not able to prevent Ware handing them an 11th defeat in 13 league games, which saw Boro slide below Witham Town on goals scored.
Ware completely dominated the first half but could only muster one goal when a suspiciously offside-looking John Frendo netted via a post, although they squandered numerous other chances while Hilllingdon's solitary effort was an attempted lob from Samir Hadj.
The hosts came more into the game in the second half and after Ware's Michael Sharman struck the post from a free kick, Hillingdon's John Sonuga was unluckily denied when his diving header hit keeper Richard Hayward on the head and rolled to safety.Ware then scored twice in as many minutes to seal Boro's fate as defensive errors left first Xaniel Doku and then Frendo with open goals and 10 minutes from time Louis Rae Beadle beat keeper Ben Harris to a through ball and slipped it into an empty net.
BOROUGH: Harris, Sonuga, Fongho, Glynne, St Hillaire, Edwards, Williams, Powles, Hadj, Warrell, Lyons. Subs used: Allen, Kelly, Sharples.
Goals, Boro: None. Ware: Frendo 28, 78; Doku 76; Beadle 85. Attendance: 64.