Thurrock's Kamarl Duncan says he can laugh at his wind-assisted own goal against Romford after it went viral.
The footage of Duncan, who was playing in his first game since getting married, scoring past his own keeper with a failed clearance has been viewed more than 1.1m times on social media.
"At first it was a bit embarrassing and my team-mates were giving me a bit of banter," he told BBC Essex.
"But I can see the funny side to it, honestly. At the time it wasn't funny."
Duncan, whose side drew Tuesday's Isthmian League Division One North match 1-1, added: "When I kicked it I saw it going in the air and thought 'wow, it's going back' so I tried to get back because I didn't know where the striker was.
"Then I saw it bounce and thought 'the keeper's going to get it' and then when it went in it was a big shock."
Thurrock chairman Tommy South added that "both teams wanted the game called off originally" because of the winds.