RYAN Semple believes that Boston United’s defeat to Gainsborough Trinity told the tale of the Pilgrims’ campaign.
“It’s been the story of our season to be honest, we’ve let ourselves down at key times in games,” admitted the winger following the 2-1 defeat at York Street.
After weathering an early storm from Trinity - including a number of good saves from keeper Paul Bastock - United went 1-0 down when Leon Mettam converted from the penalty spot.
The spot kick was awarded after Tom Ward had tugged back Pilgrims old boy Shane Clarke.
After the interval, Boston drew level as Nathan Stainfield powered home an ian Ross corner.
But within two minutes Gainsborough led again as Darryn Stamp was afforded enough room to loop a header over Bastock.
At the death, United thought they had levelled, only for a stunning Jason White save, tipping another Stainfield effort wide after it looked destined for the top corner.
“It wasn’t the result we wanted at all,” added Semple, who had a spell at the Northolme.
“Before the game we said, the most important thing was to get a result - and it wasn’t good enough.
“I didn’t see the penalty decision but, until that, it was very even Stevens, although Bazza made a number of good saves.
“Even when they scored the penalty, we came out, did well and got the goal.
“Then we said we’ve got to keep sharp and switched on – and one long ball and we’ve conceded.
“We’re not hard enough to beat and don’t capitalise on key moments.
“You’re at your most vulnerable when you’ve scored. It’s a cliché, but it was proven right again.”
Pilgrims boss Lee Canoville was left questioning the two Trinity goals.
He said: “The ref gave them a penalty and we were a bit bemused as to why he gave it.
“Wardy said he just held him up in the box and the lad fell over.
“We got the goal but we’re very disappointed to concede straight away.
“I don’t usually like to say too much about the officials, but to me the lad looked three yards offside.”