Jamie Brown regards Gosport Borough’s play-off win as the highlight of his career.
The midfielder has won promotions before with Dorchester Town but reckons Borough moving into Blue Square Bet South – which came after a dramatic Southern League premier division final win at Hemel Hempstead – is an even greater achievement.
Brown was magnificent in his role in front of the back four all afternoon. His biting tackles and physical presence prevented Hemel from establishing any rhythm.
The 32-year-old pushed himself to the limit and he was the heart of the team as Gosport moved into the sixth tier of English football for the first time in their 69-year history.
‘That was emotional and hard work,’ said Brown.
‘This means a lot more to me than anything before in my career.
‘It was a tough day and the lads stuck at it to come through in the end.
‘We scored two quality goals in the first half to take a deserved lead.
‘In the second half we tired, lost our shape and let them back in it.
‘One thing about our team, though, is we never give up.
‘We had to dig really deep and everyone was superb.
‘Our team spirit got us through and when it got tough we gave that little bit extra for each other.
‘I’m just glad I wasn’t asked to take a penalty!’
– KEVIN RICKETTS