Craig Elliott ‘proud’ of Boston United’s FA Cup heroics, but disappointed by manner of defeat to Rochdale

Craig Elliott admitted he was disappointed by the manner of Boston United’s FA Cup exit, but remains proud out the Pilgrims’ achievement.

Craig Elliott.

York Street’s final ever FA Cup game saw a crowd of 4,190 pack into the stadium to watch League One Rochdale win 2-1.

“I’m really proud of the players, proud of everyone at the club,” said manager Elliott.

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“It’s been a good journey.

“It’s fine margins, over two matches there wasn’t much between us.

“I’m disappointed with the goals, but that’s me with my football manager’s head on.”

Keeper Peter Crook palmed a cross into his own net with just four minutes played and, with 11 minutes to go, Jay Rollins conceded a penalty.

“It’s just a mistake. I judge a person, not just a player, by how they react after adversity and I thought he was excellent second half,” Elliott said of Crook.

“These things happen. He’s got to come through that and he’ll be a better keeper.”

Jordan Thewlis pulled Boston level after the break, only for Aaron Morley to have the final say from the spot.

“I thought we were excellent second half and did enough to take it to extra time,” Elliott added.

“Jay stuck out his leg for a penalty, maybe tiredness.

“But I think we did enough against a League One team.”