USW football boss Lee Kendall tells his players to ‘maintain our house’ after Exeter win

USW 1st captain Kane Owen in action against Exeter Uni. Image Benjamin Jones

By Benjamin Jones

USW Head Coach Lee Kendall says his first team will do everything to maintain the Sport Park as their fortress after beating Exeter for their first win of the season.

After going down 2-0 to Hartpury last week, last year’s BUCS champions recovered from the jolt to down the Devon side with room to spare, even though they had to come from a goal behind.

Goals from Liam Edwards, Cameron Keetch and Kane Owen turned things around and Kendall was pleased with the way his team reacted.

“We went behind early on but it gave us the shot in the arm we really needed, the emphasis to get up to the ball and start to play the way we really play,” he said.

“The lads showed good resolve coming back.

“Here at USW, we always pride ourselves on hard work and togetherness and that proved as we ended up dominating a large part of that game in my opinion.”

The former goalkeeper gave credit to his opponents’ performance and the way they tested USW.

USW Men’s 1st in action against Exeter Men’s 1st. USW won 3-1. Image Benjamin Jones

He added: “We didn’t expect Exeter to come out and play the way they did, they played a three-at-the-back and box-midfield and we didn’t expect that, that’s testament to them.”

Home form is something Kendall prides himself and his team on, and he was pleased to keep that home record [of over two years unbeaten] intact.

Lee Kendall. Image Robbie Armstrong


“We talk about that. You win your home games in this league and get some points on the road, it’ll put you in a really good position,” he said.

“Like we said to the lads after the game, let’s maintain our house, this is where we live. We’ve maintained that record and if you look at some of the teams we’ve beaten across the way over the last two years, it’s a really strong group of teams that have come here.”

Kendall insists his team will head into next week’s keenly anticipated derby against Cardiff Met by treating as any other game.

He added: “We prepare as diligently as we can, like any game.

“Obviously Cardiff Met being down the road adds a little bit of spice to it but it’ll be like any game of BUCS on a Wednesday.”