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Kendrick comes to the fore against Knowle

Kendrick comes to the fore against Knowle

By Luke Turner
12 February
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Bradley Rice speaks to Saturday's Academy captain...

Stand in skipper Ben Kendrick marshalled the side well and was a commanding force in Moors’ comfortable 4-1 victory against Knowle on Saturday.

Team captain Ethan Sephton was rested and it was Ben who assumed the armband.

Kendrick admits he wasn’t expecting to be named captain on Saturday and being passed the responsibility came as a bit of a shock.

“I was a bit surprised when I saw skipper next to my name on the team sheet.” He said.

“Dylan is usually vice-captain but it’s always a pleasure to captain the side and I thought I did well.”

Ben explains it’s a responsibility he relishes and one that he would like to have, on a permanent basis.

“I always like to command the defence and the midfield.” He said. “Hopefully if I improve on that, then I’d like to think I would be considered permanently for the role.

“Communication is something I feel I have improved on since my early days but I still think there is room for me to be more vocal.”

Kendrick felt his presence known in a game which required Moors to stay strong and compete.

“It was one of those games, the pitch wasn’t the best.” He said. “They were very physical but we still tried to stick to our way of playing.”

“I think the first ten, fifteen minutes, we struggled a bit, getting to grips with the surface and the conditions.

“But, we adapted well and we began passing the ball around, playing the way we know we can.”

Ben feels the team stepped it up a gear after the break and Knowle were unable to deal with several swift counter attacks.

“We were much better second half.” He said. We were able to catch them on the break and we scored some good goals.

“In the end we were able to comfortably kill the game off.”

It led to another win for Moors, taking their tally to five on the spin. They currently sit fifth in the table but Ben feels promotion is well within their grasp.

“The run we’re on, we’ve just got to keep going.” He said. “If we continue the same, then promotion is definitely achievable.”

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