Alex Pike believes Jamie Brown epitomises the drive and determination he wants to see from his Gosport Borough side.
The Borough boss saw his skipper rescue a point for the team with a last-gasp equaliser in the 1-1 Skrill South draw with Whitehawk at the weekend.
But while Pike concedes that the former Eastleigh and Dorchester man may be lacking in certain areas of his game, he believes his commitment to the cause makes up any deficiencies.
Pike said: ‘Ever since I made him skipper, he has been Captain Marvel.
‘He leads by example and scored a very important goal for us once again on Saturday.
‘What he may lack in technical ability, he certainly makes up for in terms of effort, passion and driving his team-mates on.
‘His methods may seem a bit unorthodox and a bit uncouth at times.
‘But if I could play football at this level, I would like to play like Jamie Brown.’
Brown will miss Borough’s next game after his red card in the win over Chelmsford recently. Pike is disappointed to lose him but understands that it’s part of his game.
‘He’s a very important player for us and I’m sure he will continue to be over the course of the season,’ said Pike.
‘He sets the tone and is not afraid to have a few words on the pitch if he thinks his team-mates are not doing their jobs properly.
‘But Jamie is having a fantastic season for us. He’s not renowned for his goals but he’s got six now and he’s our top goalscorer.
‘It was a sweet left-foot volley that got us a well-deserved point.
‘Scoring goals is also about having the desire and drive to get in there.
‘But he also showed his ability with a superb finish – especially as he is right-footed.’
The draw at Whitehawk extended Borough’s unbeaten run to two games, and Pike believes his side are now adjusting to the higher level and the demands of Skrill South.
He said: ‘We’ve seen how hard it is to take points from this league – especially away from home.
‘We’ve taken four points out of six so we have got to go away happy with that.
‘We need to continue with that sort of form but we know we have some very difficult games coming up. That’s what this level is about.
‘This league doesn’t get any easier but we’ve shown that we can compete.’
Pike’s side have been drawn at home against Dorchester Town in the FA Trophy third-qualifying round, scheduled for November 16.
But Gosport are without a game this weekend as Staines Town are in FA Cup first round action at Brentford so will next host league leaders Eastleigh on Tuesday, November 12.
Meanwhile, Gosport Borough Ladies secured their place in the first round of the FA Women’s Cup for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win at Shanklin.
Gemma Green scored the only goal of the game, which means Borough Ladies will travel to Exeter City on December 1.