Sammy Igoe was coolness personified when he fired home the penalty that sparked Gosport Borough’s second successive promotion party.
The former Pompey man was handed the responsibility of booking Borough’s place in Blue Square Bet South with the last kick of an enthralling encounter against Hemel Hempstead after keeper Nathan Ashmore saved Matt Nolan’s penalty.
Igoe’s task was made more difficult as Gosport fans looked on anxiously in the packed terrace behind the goal in front of him.
But drawing on his vast experience, Igoe admitted he was able to distance himself from the commotion surrounding him and concentrate on the job of firing the ball past Hemel keeper Sam Beagle.
He said: ‘I realised that all the Gosport fans were behind that goal, making lots of noise, so I had to switch off and concentrate solely on beating their keeper.
‘It wasn’t until the ball hit the back of the net that it dawned on me that it counted for us moving up into another league.
‘It’s definitely up there with the best game that I’ve ever played in. I said on the coach on the way up that we needed to go out and do the business like we did at Stourbridge and we did just that.
‘I was buzzing for three days after that and I think much the same will happen now.’
Igoe added he was now looking forward to the new campaign despite turning 38 in September.
‘I’ve already been asked what my plans are for next season and I’ve told the manager that, if he wants me back, I’m quite prepared to keep playing until my legs drop off.’