It will be another season without silverware for Harrow Borough after a poor showing resulted in a penalty shoot-out defeat at Rayners Lane in the second round of the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup on Tuesday night.

After much huff and puff Borough finally took the lead with 11 minutes to go, only to allow their Spartan South Midlands League Division One opponents to level, and then threw away an early advantage in the shoot-out as they lost 4-3.

A dull affair was heading for penalties until Harrow broke the deadlock when George Moore stepped up to drill a free-kick low past Luke Daley’s left hand.

Daley then made a superb twisting save to keep out Ryan Moss’ header, and that was to prove crucial as in the 85th minute centre-back Jordan Payne fired home the equaliser following a cross from the left after being sent upfield.

Kurtis Cumberbatch and Ryan Moss scored Harrow’s first two penalties, and when Alex Delasalle hit the post with Lane’s second Borough were in control.

But Daley made a fine save from Ahmed El Sahib, Lewis Lavender netted and it was 2-2 after three. Lewis Cole and Tom Pegrum then scored so it was effectively sudden death.

Moore took Harrow’s fifth but it was straight down the middle and Daley saved. Melvin Minter hadn’t got near any of the first four Lane kicks and he didn’t get close to the fifth either, Saleeh Zaheed netting to send his side through.