Miles Rutherford paid tribute to young defender Jack Lee as Moneyfields sent Gosport Borough tumbling out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Dover Road.
The Moneys boss was deprived of several of his senior players.
And he saw his side fall behind to the Southern League outfit early in the second half.
Borough striker Justin Bennett latched on to former Moneyfields midfielder George Way’s pass to nip in ahead of keeper Dave Hook and slot into an empty net.
That should have provided the platform for the Privett Park side to ram home their superiority.
But Wessex League premier division side Moneys hit back in style soon afterwards.
Lee was on hand to net the equaliser from Conor Bailey’s corner before Steve Hutchings fired the winner, lobbing former Bournemouth trainee Ryan Pryce.
With such a young Moneys side, Lee turned in a towering display at the heart of the Moneys defence to keep James Taylor and Bennett at bay.
Rutherford said: ‘I thought Jack Lee was the best player on the pitch by a long way.
‘He had an experienced forward to deal with in James Taylor but he did everything asked of him.
‘I wouldn’t say we were the better team but we’ve won the game.
‘I’m delighted for all of those players.
‘They should have a bit more quality in their side than we have. We know that, we’re not silly. But I don’t think it showed on the day.’
Borough boss Alex Pike slammed his side’s display – having already torn into his troops in the half-time dressing room.
He also felt his side had not got a deserved penalty when Bennett was clipped in the box in the first half.
Pike said: ‘You have to look at it in three sections.
‘I thought the opposition were a credit to themselves and the Wessex League.
‘They are a young side but whether I like it or not, I have to admit that Moneyfields were the better side.
‘Then I have to look at the officials. I had a couple of apologies for a couple of wrong decisions afterwards but that doesn’t help me.
‘The referee admitted he missed the penalty decision in the first half.
‘But what I think about my players is best left unsaid.
‘I’ve got players in the side with a lot of Southern League experience and they didn’t use it. It was pitiful.’
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Bailey, Lee, Page, Morgan, Blake, Gauntlett, Brockway, Hutchings, Boyle (N’Doye 87mins). Unused subs: Wain, Gregory, Hore, Scott, Brown
Gosport: Pryce, Jones, Birmingham, Cook (Elias 4mins), Molyneaux, Kirby, Way (Jones 83mins), Silver (Wilde 55mins), Wooden, Bennett, Taylor. Unused subs: Hards, Sewell, Chuddy, Norton