BOSTON United suffered late heartbreak as they went down 3-2 at Colwyn Bay last night.
The Pilgrims twice led at Llanellian Park, through strikes from Danny Sleath and Marc Newsham.
However, the Seagulls snatched victory with a brace from Karl Noon and a fine finish from Shelton Pay
Sleath gave Boston a 30th-minute lead with a 25th-minute drive, from Ian Ross’ lay-off.
After the break, substitute Noon brought Bay level with a long-range drive that had the better of Paul Bastock.
But United - playing with that new-found determination they have shown in recent weeks - retook the lead in the 53rd minute.
Again, Ross was the provider as he clipped the ball in for Newsham, who neatly controlled before firing home his 11th of the campaign.
Payne almost drew Colwyn level, but a fine fingertip stop from Bastock denied him.
But Payne had his say with a fine 25-yarder that, this time, beat Bastock and found the net.
The ding-dong contest saw Spencer Weir-Daley again go close for United, his glancing header just missing the target before having a strike denied.
Then, with three minutes remaining, Leon Constantine met Gareth Jelleyman’s cross... but stabbed wide.
And seconds later, United were cruelly undone when Noon’s 25-yarder found the net.
BAY: Chris Sanna, Luke Denson, Frank Sinclair (Karl Noon 46), Matt Hughes, Michael Lea, Gareth Evans, John McKenna, Lee Davey, Shelton Payne, Jon Newby, Rob Hopley; Subs (not used): Lee McEvilly, Liam Benson, Jamie McKernan.
UNITED: Paul Bastock, Conor Marshall, Lee Canoville (Kevin Austin 75), Tom Ward, Gareth Jelleyman, Ben Milnes, Ian Ross, Danny Sleath, Ben Fairclough (Leon Constantine 65), Spencer Weir-Daley, Marc Newsham; Subs (not used): Chris Hall, Nathan Stainfield, Tyrone Kirk.