What might have been - Boston United fall at the semi-finals

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BOSTON United have been left mulling what might have been after their Blue Square Bet North play-off defeat.

It took penalties to end a thrilling tie, which finished 3-3 on aggregate.

Guiseley took a 1-0 lead from the first leg to York Street, courtesy of a Warren Peyton free kick.

But Boston were back on level terms by 3.10pm on Sunday as Shaun Pearson headed home a Jamie Yates corner.

Gavin Rothery fired the Lions ahead again before Anthony Church - who had twice hit the crossbar - slid home a leveller with 10 minutes remaining.

Into extra time and Guiseley again went in front, this time from Darryn Stamp’s immense volley.

But Boston weren’t to be outdone and substitute Danny Davidson headed home a third equaliser, following another Yates cross.

But penalties worked in Gusieley’s favour, with James Walshaw, Stamp and Peyton converting, although Ryan Toulson cleared the bar and Danny Boshell saw his effort saved.

For Boston, Church and Lawrie Dudfield scored, while Danny Sleath and Gareth Jelleyman had efforts saved by Steven Drench.

Adam Boyes struck the post.

This defeat brough mixed reactions from the players.

Lawrie Dudfield was adamant he should have been awarded a penalty in the second half of normal time after what appeared to be a trip by Danny Ellis.

“There was contact, definitely,” the forward said.

“They ref said I was already going down, but I was going down after two previous challenges.

“I may be biased, but it was a penalty.”

Danny Sleath, meanwhile, was left reflecting about what might have been, after seeing his penalty saved by Steven Drench.

“I changed my mind about where I was going to put it during the run up,” he admitted.

“I know I shouldn’t have done that, and he saved it.”

Goalscorer Danny Davidson remained upbeat, despite the devastating defeat.

He said: “It’s disappointing, but you can’t take anything away from the hard work we’ve put in all season.

“The lads should be proud of what they’ve achieved over the past two seasons.

“I scored the goal that took us to penalties but it wasn’t meant to be.

“That’s football, there’s always winners and losers.”

During a defensive dispute on the pitch, joint coach Lee Canoville found himself being forcefully shoved by teammate Shaun Pearson.

However, Canoville wasn’t worried.

He said: “I love that. On the pitch I’m just one of the players.

“I don’t think I’m above getting that, it showed we were up for that game.

“We’ve got a team here that is used to winning games, so we’ll look to go again next season, whoever’s here.”

The 2,500 home fans came in for home praise from Anthony Church.

“The fans have been magnificent towards me personally, it means a lot,” he said.

“They were superb and I’m glad we gave them a good game to watch.

“I’m glad we signed off for the season with, not a win, but a high. It was a good performance.”

Player of the Year Shaun Pearson reckons Boston can take pride in their season, even if they cannot repeat last campaign’s play-off promotion party.

He said: “There’s a lot of disappointed lads in there.

“We’re lost for words.

“We came back three times and ended up being kicked in teeth. But we can all be proud of what we achieved and how we played.”