WRAYSBURY and Hounslow Wanderers lined up for their sixth meeting of the season in the East Berkshire Football League Trophy final at The Gore in Burnham.

Hounslow took an early lead after a corner was not dealt with by the Stags backline.

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equalised with a corner of their own as Garry O’Connor reacted fastest to a blocked Dan Scarlet shot.

Hounslow restored the advantage right on half-time via an unfortunate own goal from substitute Alfie Fairhall.

Wraysbury came out for the second half with intent and it was not long before they were level again. Another Mack Bermingham set piece caused havoc in the Wanderers box the ball reached captain John Mallard at the back post to steer high into the net.

An off-the-ball incident then saw both Garret Pikulak and a Hounslow defender sent for an early bath.

The final went into extra time and Wraysbury made the perfect start as, within minutes, substitute Kalim Ahmed rose highest to power a header into the net from another corner.

Wraysbury added a fourth goal with two minutes of extra time remaining. Substitute Sean Hill powered into the box and rolled an unselfish ball across to Carl Williams.

He took a touch and sent the keeper the wrong way, sparking wild celebrations from the team and the bench.

Wraysbury joint-manager Jake Bermingham said: “We made life hard for ourselves in the early stages of the game but the lads showed great character and togetherness in what was a tricky first half.

“Our work rate, especially going forward, was excellent. We battled solidly and pushed ourselves and our standards deep into extra time.

“The boys and the club should be very proud of our achievements this season. Especially with the number of local players to Wraysbury that were in the squad for the League Trophy final.

“This, we are hoping, is the springboard to the start of a special period at this club.”

Fellow joint-boss Ross Clark added: “I’m incredibly proud of the squad. To a man we never panicked when we were behind and eventually got over the line to win a first piece of silverware for the club this season.

“Credit to Hounslow, who fought us all the way, but we were deserved winners in the end.”