‘We lost out to the better side’

​Ian Culverhouse was left disappointed by his Boston United side’s display as they suffered a blow to their play-off hopes on Saturday.
Ian Culverhouse felt his Boston side didn't deserve to win Saturday's game.Ian Culverhouse felt his Boston side didn't deserve to win Saturday's game.
Ian Culverhouse felt his Boston side didn't deserve to win Saturday's game.

​The 2-1 defeat at home to Brackley Town saw the visitors confirm their own play-off place, leaving the Pilgrims three points outside the top seven but still with a game in hand on some of those above them.

Connor Hall's 17th minute opener had the Pilgrims on the back foot, although they were level nine minutes later through Kelsey Mooney.

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Danny Newton scored what turned out to be the decisive goal with a 33rd minute strike - and Brackley defended resolutely thereafter to extend their impressive record in Boston.

Ethan Sephton and Dylan Hill were back in the United starting XI - but United found the early going tough against Gavin Cowan's Saints.

The visitors took the lead when Hall was threaded through on goal and he angled a low finish across Cameron Gregory and into the far corner.

United levelled in the 26th minute when Keaton Ward and Jimmy Knowles combined for the ball to loop up for Mooney to rifle home a fine left-footer from 12 yards.

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The Pilgrims' respite was short-lived though and Newton acrobatically hooked home a Tyler Lyttle cross, from a George Carline throw-in, to re-assert the away side's lead.

United threw plenty at it after the break, with a Martin Woods free-kick flying narrowly too high, but away keeper Danny Lewis was not forced into a meaningful save as chances remained at a premium.

Pilgrims boss Ian Culverhouse told the club’s media channels: “It wasn’t good enough and I think we lost to the better side.

"I thought Brackley executed their game plan really well. I was disappointed with the second goal we gave them given we left the centre-forward free at the far post from the throw in, but they were better than us and thoroughly deserved their win.

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"All the focus is now on Scarborough and making sure we bounce back from this one. I think we need to win all three games to get in the play-offs – a few teams have to play each other in there but we need to concentrate on us.”

Boston now prepare to host Scarborough Athletic on Saturday, before then going to Banbury United on Tuesday who are now all but relegated.