GOSPORT Borough assistant boss Mick Catlin described the feeling of the leading the side out at Wembley as “absolutely amazing.”
Catlin, born a stone’s through away from The Arch, said: “It was my boyhood dream to walk out here.
“I’m a bit disappointed with the result, but Cambridge are a good side and a big club, so being on the same stage as them is an achievement in itself.
“We had reports done on Cambridge and all the stats said their most dangerous period was 15 minutes after half-time and, sure enough, they came straight out after the half-time break and scored two goals.
“Our fans were absolutely amazing today and hearing them all cheering was an emotional moment – it’s not something you see at Gosport too often!
“I’m sure that when the dust settles we will be really proud of this achievement of getting to Wembley.”
Gosport, though, have no time to dwell on their FA Trophy final experience.
They still have work to do to escape the Conference South relegation zone and will be playing Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays for the foreseeable future.
“At least we can concentrate on the league now,” said Catlin. “The Trophy’s been a distraction, but we’ve got to concentrate on staying up – starting with Tonbridge tomorrow.”