Unbelivable! Elliott praises Boston United keeper Willis as string of saves make a point

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Craig Elliott praised George Willis’s ‘unbelievable’ second-half save which earned Boston United a point at highflying Chorley.

Craig Elliott praised George Willis’s ‘unbelievable’ second-half save which earned Boston United a point at highflying Chorley.

The Pilgrims skipper pulled off a series of superb stops as the two rivals played out a 1-1 draw at Victory Park, but the highlight was undoubtedly a second-half reaction stop to deny Marcus Carver.

The Magpies striker looked odds on to make it 2-1, only for Willis to make a point-blank reaction stop.

“He’s made an unbelievable save in the second half,” said Elliott.

“That’s what he’s there for. He’s not made too many big saves this season and he’s a great shot stopper.

“I’m pleased he’s played his part.”

Nicky Walker handed United a first-half lead, only for Courtney Meppen-Walter to head home the leveller from a looping Chorley corner.

While Elliott felt his side could have dealt better with the danger, he conceded the Magpies are more than capable of causing trouble from set pieces.

“It is (frustrating), but not unexpected,” he added. “They’re as good as any team. Telford are similar, set pieces are a massive part of their game.

“They’ve got big lads and it’s hard to cover them.

“Perhaps we could have done better but George got buried in there.

“Sometimes, you hold your hands up and admit they’re just a bit bigger than you.”

Elliott, however, had to be happy with a hard-earned point in what he saw as a game of two halves.

“Second half we didn’t come out and play as well as we did first half - but you can’t be disappointed to come and get a draw at Chorley because it’s a difficult place to come,” the United boss said.

“I thought first half we were excellent, we got into good areas and controlled the game well at times.

“Second half, I just felt we could have managed the game a bit better.

“I thought all the front three were lively and dangerous, but second half they didn’t look after the ball and we went deeper.

“But this is what happens at Chorley, they’re very direct.

“We got a draw, and I’m happy.”

It’s as you were for the two rivals as today’s result leaves Chorley in second while Boston maintain ninth spot, four points off the play-offs.