Dennis Greene admitted there were tears in the dressing room after Boston United’s promotion dream came to an end this afternoon.
Scott Garner and Kaine Felix had put the Pilgrims into a 2-0 lead in their play-off semi-final, only for Chris Doyle and Adam Roscoe to level things up - Roscoe equalising with a superb overhead free kick in the fifth minute of time added on.
“I’m absolutely gutted, the boys had give everything and got us in a winning position,” the manager said afterwards.
“It’s hard to see how we’ve lost it.
“They hold up four minutes, the referee plays five minutes.
“Obviously, it weren’t meant to be. Even on penalties we were in a winning position.”
Indeed, with the scores locked at 3-3, Carl Piergianni just needed to beat Sam Ashton in the Chorley net with the last kick of the 10 to put Boston into the final.
But things are never quite as easy in reality.
Instead, Ashton made on of three terriffic stops, pushing the ball onto the crossbar.
And when the stopper denied Rene Steer in sudden death Chorley had completed their turnaround, meaning it will be they who host Guiseley on Saturday in the Vanarama North’s play-off final.
“They’re distraught. There were tears after the game,” Greene continued, when asked how his players were shaping up.
“They did everything.”
And when asked for his message to the 3,000-plus Pilgrims supporters who cheered their team on, Greene added: “I’m sorry guys, we gave everything and really believed we could win those play-offs.
“We thought we’d done enough today.
“I’m distraught for them (the fans), the players, the chairman, everybody.”