A THRILLING match ended in disappointment for Haringey Borough on Saturday as they lost 5-3 at home to Cheshunt in the Ryman League North Division.
Borough appeared to be heading for a crushing defeat at the hands of their fellow play-off hopefuls when they trailed 3-0 at the interval and they went on to concede a fourth early in the second half.
However, the hosts produced a stirring fightback to raise hopes that they would be able to grab an unlikely point – only for Cheshunt to hold firm and seal the win.
The match got off to an unfortunate start for the hosts as Michael O’Donoghue could only turn the ball into his own net after just four minutes and Cheshunt went on to extend their advantage five minutes later through a Jason Hallett goal.
With Borough still struggling to get a foothold in the contest, they fell further behind shortly after the half-hour mark as Liam Hope added a third for the rampant visitors.
The hosts managed to survive until the interval without conceding again but they found themselves facing even more of an uphill task when Luke Marshall struck on 49 minutes to give Cheshunt an even more commanding lead.
But it was at this stage that Borough’s fightback started and Chris Benjamin gave them a glimmer of hope by pulling one back on 61 minutes before the same player scored again five minutes later to increase the prospect of a remarkable recovery.
Their hopes were quickly dashed though as Hallett scored the visitors’ fifth in the 72nd minute, and although Adrian Markus pulled one back, it was a case of too little too late for Borough as they ended up with nothing to show for their efforts.
The defeat leaves Borough lying seventh in the table, four points adrift of Cheshunt – who occupy the last of the play-off places – having played a game more.
Haringey Borough go to Witham Town on Saturday (3pm).