Boston United boss Dennis Greene is still amazed how his side did not win their penalty shootout.
Chorley stopper Sam Ashton made three superb saves to deny Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni and Rene Steer as the Magpies booked their place in the Vanarama North play-off final, hosting Gusieley this Saturday.
Indeed, had Piergianni netted United’s fifth spot kick Boston would have progressed.
“Their goalkeeper’s made two unbelievable saves from Pidge and Rene onto the crossbar,” Greene said. “How they’ve stayed out I don’t know.
“They were that close to the line but it wasn’t to be.”
Greene was furious with referee Tom Nield for not taking sterner action against Chorley’s James Dean, who he believed should have been sent off for an elbow which cut Piergianni’s forehead.
“I’m angry with the officials, James Dean has elbowed Pidge in the face twice and he’s commited so many fouls, how has he stayed on the pitch in the first half, let alone the second?”