Dan Wooden took to the field of play feeling ‘sluggish’ after putting on the Christmas calories.
But the Gosport Borough midfielder departed the National League South Boxing Day battle with rivals Hawks a hero after his wonder goal inspired Alex Pike’s side to a hard-fought 2-1 win at Privett Park.
The 25-year-old’s over-head kick left a bumper 1,313 crowd – and visiting keeper Ryan Young – stunned as he found the net in sensational fashion in the 11th minute.
And although the Hawks responded with a brilliant strike of their own through Scott Donnelly to level proceedings, ex-Borough man Lee Molyneaux’s own goal ensured the play-off chasing hosts claimed the bragging rights.
Afterwards, star-man Wooden admitted he had never scored a better goal, although joked his initial reaction was one of relief after fearing the costs of festive overindulgence.
He said: ‘I’ve not scored a better goal than that.
‘To be honest it was my bad touch that set me up for it!
‘I just thought I would lash it, and as soon as I hit it I knew it was in – I didn’t even look where it went I just ran off!
‘The emotions were running high and I just ran straight to their (Hawks) dug-out and did a knee slide.
‘For me, that is what a derby is all about.
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‘It was an unbelievable feeling to score a goal like that – but to be honest it was more relief.
‘I’d eaten so much food in the last few days I felt a bit sluggish out there!’
Wooden admitted the context of the game made his goal all the more sweeter but insisted the right team ran out victors.
He said: ‘It’s great that it came in the derby, which is probably our biggest game of the season.
‘I think it adds to it – there is a bit of a spice and banter between the clubs
‘Everyone wants to beat each other so to do it in front of a good crowd was good.
‘We made hard work of it in the end – we let them back into the game after getting our noses in front.
‘But overall I felt we deserved to win.’
The Hawks and Gosport do derby battle once again this Saturday in the reverse fixture at Westleigh Park (3pm).