BOSTON United boss Jason Lee was left rueing a ‘debatable’ penalty as Hyde lifted the Blue Square Bet North title.
The Tigers earned a 4-1 victory over the Pilgrims at Ewen Fields at the weekend.
And with Guiseley losing at home to Bishop’s Stortford, Hyde earned promotion.
But Lee was disappointed that his side couldn’t put the promotion party on hold.
He said: “It is someone else’s party. We came here with no illusions about how difficult it would be to come here and get a win, but after that initial period where we conceded two poor goals and shot ourselves in the foot, we showed tremendous character.
“It was a hard-luck story. We deserved our goal, it was a great free kick and a good game.
“As far as we we’re concerned, we kept playing.
“Our system was good and I felt we could go on and get something from the game.
“To concede a very debatable penalty left us really disappointed.
“I didn’t think it was a penalty, but they’re at home and going for a title, so they’ll get these decisions.” With United trailing 2-1 but still in the contest, referee Ricky Wootton pointed to the spot after Nathan Stainfield’s challenge on Chris Worsley.
It looked as if Stainfield took plenty of the ball, with the decision putting the outcome beyond doubt.
David Poole and Danny Broadbent had put Hyde 2-0 up, before Ian Ross’ free kick reduced the arrears.
Scott Spencer converted the spot kick and Shelton Payne added a fourth in stoppage time.
United’s Ben Milnes was sent off late on, receiving his second booking for dissent.
It was the second week in a row that United were left complaining about conceding a spot kick after last week’s home defeat to Gainsborough Trinity, where Leon Mettam converted from 12 yards.
However, penalty or no penalty, Boston’s end to the season has been poor.
Hyde’s victory was the Pilgrims’ fourth straight defeat, their sixth in seven matches.
However, Lee is adamant that his side have been ahrd done by.
He added: “It was annoying Milnes got sent off, some of our bookings were cheap and the players lost their heads a little due to frustration towards the referee’s performance.
“It was a harsh scoreline – but we had a go.”