AN Alex Penny own goal with 14 minutes left to play ended Kidderminster Harriers' hopes of promotion as Boston United progressed to the Vanarama National League North play-off semi-finals on Tuesday night.

Danny Elliot put the visitors ahead at Aggborough in the first-half but Ashley Hemmings' 18th goal of the season drew the hosts level entering the final 20 minutes.

But their promotion dreams were ended in the 76th minute as the ball flew past Luke Simpson off the head of Penny and despite a late assault on the Boston goal, it was not to be Kiddy's night.

After the game, manager Russ Penn admitted it was a difficult result to stomach.

"It's not a nice feeling," he said.

"The performance in the first half was nowhere near it and we deserved to be 1-0 down.

"After 60 minutes we started to get a real foot-hold in the game and when we scored [I thought] 'there's only one winner here.'

"But as has happened a few times this season, every time we're on top, we have that vulnerability to concede.

"We did concede a terrible, terrible goal from our point of view and it knocked the wind out of everyone's sails.

"We huffed and puffed and gave absolutely everything, it just wasn't enough tonight unfortunately.

"You have to take the highs with the lows in football and tonight is a low."

But Penn was not wanting to be all doom and gloom.

It has been a season that will live long in the memory as it was one that saw Harriers reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The management duo of Penn and Jimmy O'Connor this week signed an extension to their contracts until 2025.

Despite the obvious disappointment, Penn believes the experiences from the past 12 months will benefit his side heading going forward.

"I think this will give us the bouncebackability going into the seasons ahead," he added.

"If this is a sign of the things to come in the next two to three years, with me and Jim at the helm, then I am really looking forward to that."