Both managers admit they were limbering up for extra-time when Harrow Borough bagged an injury time winner in their Middlesex Senior Cup final against Hanwell Town last Saturday.
A game of few chances was drifting towards an extra 30 minutes when Oliver Duffy caught George McClusky with a kick inside the Hanwell area, and Marc Charles-Smith stepped up to score the winner for Harrow from the spot.
It capped a brilliant four months in charge at Earlsmead for Steve Baker, who landed the silverware after saving Harrow from almost certain relegation from the Ryman Premier.
Baker said: “It was a perfect end to a good four months. Their keeper had played really well and Hanwell had made it really difficult for us. We looked like we were running out of steam.
“I was holding a couple of subs back for extra-time at the time we scored. I totally fancied Marc to score from the spot too – he has scored some important goals for us in really big games.
“I was especially pleased that the penalty came from one of our full-backs getting forward and into the box, as that is what I have been encouraging them to do.”
For Hanwell boss Ray Duffy, there was no fairytale finish in his last game in charge of a club he had just led to its highest ever league position.
He added: “It would have been nice to have ended on a high with a trophy, but we can still be proud of what we have achieved in my time back here.
“I think we all thought it was going to extra time, but in the end it was just not enough. It wasn't as good a final as it could have been and we didn't play at our best.
“It was a hard end-of-season pitch and it was difficult to get the ball down and play. There wasn't a great deal in it, and they may have just shaded it, but it was a bit of a damp squib and just wasn't our day.”