by Bryn Goodall & Ethan Harris
UNITE, share and win. That’s the motto of University of South Wales Men’s 1st football team and no more so was it in evidence than last night.
USW were crowned BUCS Football Championship winners after a late extra-time winner sealed their victory over Hartpury.
The players have always been quick to praise their ‘gaffers’ in Steve Savage and Lee Kendall and it is clear to see the influence they have had during the season.
Savage, who is USW’s head of football, brought in head coach Kendall just over a year ago. The Pontypridd Town coach has implemented a different training regime, including 6am starts three days a week.
“I’m immensely, immensely proud. We stuck to it until the end, and we nicked it. It’s what we’re all about,” said Savage.
“They deserve it. Unbeaten all year. Phenomenal.”
He also praised the hard work and determination his backroom staff have shown this year.
“It’s very difficult with the preparations, but there’s loads of staff with us. The interns that are with us have worked really hard on detail. Everybody has worked really hard and I’m proud of them.”
The Gloucestershire outfit are an established top-tier side and have been to the final three times in the last four seasons. Savage said before the game that Hartpury, their history and achievements, would be respected by USW.
And he acknowledged the bitter disappointment associated with a last-minute defeat.
“I thought they did really well, really unlucky and I feel for them massively. It’s a terrible way to lose right at the very end.
“Chris and his team are phenomenal, really good and I wish them all the best.”