Boston United set up National League play-off date at Scunthorpe United after beating Alfreton Town on penalties

Boston United secured a memorable penalty shootout victory over Alfreton Town on Tuesday evening as their play-off campaign ignited in Derbyshire.

Following a hard-fought 0-0 draw at the Impact Arena, courtesy of a brilliant defensive effort, United prevailed on spot-kicks through Michael Bostwick, Zak Mills, Jacob Hazel, Deji Sotona and Michael Gyasi.

Cameron Gregory saved to deny Harry Perritt, with Gyasi subsequently scoring the winning spot-kick to spark jubilant scenes in the packed away end.

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United, unchanged once again, stood up to the physical challenge posed by an Alfreton side one place and five points higher in the final standings.

Chances were at a premium in a tight first half, with the clearest chance falling to Kelsey Mooney eight minutes before the break - with his rising drive narrowly clearing the crossbar.

Jai Rowe produced a brave piece of defending at the back post in the early stages of the second half, warding off the threat of ex-Pilgrim Jordan Thewlis.

Alfreton had a hat-trick of late chances, with substitute Gerry McDonagh heading narrowly wide, Gregory denying Billy Fewster and Thewlis lifting a gilt-edged chance over the bar in stoppage time.

Extra-time was another cagey affair - with the main talking point seeing Ian Culverhouse red-carded from the dugout for delaying an Adam Lund long throw-in.