Jamie Brown accepted a share of the blame for Gosport’s demise but still revelled in an ‘amazing experience’.
The Borough skipper was caught in possession in the moments leading up to the second goal early in the second half, which left Alex Pike’s side with a mountain to climb.
And although Brown felt he should have done better and was left distraught by defeat, he admits he will treasure his moment of leading the side at Wembley.
He said: ‘We were quite happy with the first half and although we conceded a goal, we still felt we could get back into it.
‘But the second goal was partly my fault and that pretty much killed us off.
‘I lost the ball and I should have done better. I tried to play but I was off balance and he has done me like a ragdoll.
‘The ball still had a long way to go.
‘But I shouldn’t have lost it there.
‘After that, we had to chase it.
‘But I was proud of the players. We dug deep and did our best.’
Brown feared that he would be reduced to tears and overcome by emotion.
But he revealed he had just about held it together.
He said: ‘I was stood next to Mick Catlin and we exchanged a few words along the lines of it’s not getting much better than this.
‘I huffed and puffed through the national anthem but managed to hold it together.
‘It was just an amazing experience, though.
‘It’s funny because you are so focused that you don’t realise you are at Wembley until something happens – then there’s an “ooh” and that noise slaps you in the face.
‘But I want to thank our fans for their brilliant support.
‘It will go down as my most special moment in football.’
– STEVE WILSON