Skipper Jamie Brown admitted he was left with mixed feelings after he dragged Gosport Borough to a last-ditch 1-1 draw at Whitehawk.
The captain showed his never-say-die attitude once again to rescue a point for his side with a stoppage-time equaliser, blasting home a left-foot volley after Whitehawk had failed to clear their lines.
It was a cracking strike and Brown’s sixth goal of the campaign, but it was out of keeping with a horrible game of football.
Ruined as a spectacle by a strong wind on an exposed, sloping pitch, even the sheep on the adjacent hillside turned their backs on it.
But Brown felt Borough had done enough to return home with three points, rather than just the one.
He said ‘I think we lost two points, rather than got away with it.
‘We deserved a draw, definitely.
‘It was just the bad goal that we gave away – other than that, Whitehawk had nothing.
‘I don’t think they tested keeper Nathan Ashmore once after they had scored.
‘We should have had the game won in the first half.
‘We had a few good chances that we didn’t take.’
Borough certainly dominated the opening half hour, with their best chance falling to Tim Sills, who was unable to beat Rikki Banks from close range, while Tom Dunford and Danny Smith also went close with shots from distance.
But the goal they gave away was nothing short of catastrophic as Mike Gosney scuffed a free-kick from an attacking position to set up a swift counter-attack for the home side.
Brett Poate then should have cut out the pass but slipped at the vital moment, before Danny Mills rifled past Ashmore.
That knocked the stuffing out of Borough, and only a late flurry saved a point.
Gosney saw his shot kept out by Banks as the keeper somehow sat on the ball on his goal-line, but it was Brown who had the final say.
He smiled: ‘Luckily, I caught it cleanly with my old faithful left foot.
‘It was one of those where you just try to hit it as hard as you can.
‘I probably had time to take it down but I’m not technically good enough to do that so I just smashed it instead!
‘It’s nice to score goals. I’m not even sure how many I’ve scored but I would swap it for us being higher up the league.’
Boss Alex Pike said: ‘With the weather, the sloping pitch and the wind coming up through the valley, it was always going to be difficult.
‘It was a comical, schoolboy goal that we gave away.
‘But I felt we applied ourselves well after that and I always thought the goal would come.’
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Forbes, Pearce, Richardson, Poate (Williams, 77), Dunford, Smith (Igoe, 40), Brown, Gosney, Sills, Wooden. Unused subs: Barfoot, Barton, Bennett