DIVISION ONE NORTH Ware 3 Hillingdon Borough 2
Hillingdon Borough continued to show plenty of fight in their battle against relegation but a 3-2 defeat at Ware left them ever nearer the drop.
Steve Hale's side was never in front and despite goals from Steve Midega and Zac Gill they were unable to stave off their 26th defeat from 30 games.
It left them a mammoth 13 points from safety with 12 games to go, having played three more than third-bottom Waltham Forest.
The opening 20 minutes produced little in the way of goalmouth action as both teams struggled on a sticky pitch.
Gill and Dave Stevens were commanding at the heart of the Boro defence but they could do little to prevent the opening goal which came from a dubious free kick.
The ball was slid past the defensive wall into the path of Lewis Hilliard and from 12 yards out he slipped it under the advancing Ben Harris.
Boro hit back and Luke Beardsworth had a close range shot blocked, he sent another over the bar and a third cleared off the line, before from the resulting 33rd minute corner Boro finally found an equaliser when Stevens headed on and Midega looped a header into the net.
As half-time approached, however, Boro pressed the self destruct button.
They were caught napping by a corner taken short and when the cross came through the penalty area Jack Bradshaw was left with an easy finish from two yards.
Eight minutes later Harris failed to keep out an innocuous shot from Hilliard which squirmed under his body and Boro were 3-1 down.
The visitors battled hard after the break as they tried to claw back the deficit and as they started to dominate they created numerous chances.
Joe Gallagher shot just over the bar from long range, Lucas Williams had a couple of chances that went begging, Beardsworth and Midega saw shots well saved and following a goalmouth scramble the ball was desperately hacked off the line.
Gill did finally find the net with 10 minutes to go, ending a surging run from his own half with a fine dipping lob yet as Boro continued to push forward, time and again they were halted by imaginative refereeing decisions. Gary Edwards and Hale were both booked for questioning them and late on Gallagher was sent off after receiving a second booking despite making what looked like a good challenge to win the ball. HILLINGDON: Harris, Gill, Fongho, Gallagher, Edwards, Stevens, Grant, Edmunds, Beardsworth, Williams, Midega. Subs used: Pugh.
Goals, Ware: Hilliard 20, 43; Bradshaw 35. Boro: Midega 33; Gill 80. Attendance: 112.