Bedfont& Feltham-Adam Bessant

Bedfont and Feltham were formed in 2012 after the merger of Bedfont and Feltham and currently play in the Combined counties Division 1 for the 2020-2021 season. Their home games are played at the Orchard in Bedfont.

You were sitting in 6th when the season was crucial due to COVID-19, do you think you would have finished higher if it had been finished?
I honestly think we would’ve taken one of the promotion spots. We were in good form, we’d already played everyone in the top 6 twice bar 1 team, we had games in hand and our promotion rivals all had to play each other several times. 

How long have you been in charge?

I was apointed as manager in May 2018.

Who do you think will be strong in the league this season?

Jersey is the obvious answer but I think the usual suspects will be pushing again, Farnham, Tooting Bec and Walton & Hersham.

Do you think the FA were right to void all leagues below Step 2?

They haven’t helped themselves a lot through this period but I think whatever route they took with null and void/PPG etc they would have left hundreds of clubs unhappy. The strangest decision was the knee jerk reaction to do it so early.

How will non-leagues have changed due to COVID-19?

One of the negatives, its already clear to see for us that sponsorship will be hard to come by with all types of businesses affected. One of the positives, the hope that higher league fans will visit their local non league club whilst the capacity restrictions will still apply to Premier League/Football League.

What positions are you looking to bolster this summer?

We’re fairly set with 18 of last years squad coming back but as always we will have a Trials day and see if we can pick up any gems to add some strength in depth again.

Will striker Michael Capon be returning next season?

Yes he will, he’s batted away several offers again through the off season as have more of our players. They’re great lads, incredibly loyal and enjoy the environment we create. 

What type of football do you like your side to play 

Any type that will win us games of football. At any level but especially ours, you have to be flexible and consider your own strengths, the opposition, pitch and weather conditions. 

What opposition are you looking forward/ looking to avoid this season?

Not looking to avoid anyone. I’m interested to see how the teams go that are under new management, there are a fair few.

What club do you support?

Swansea City. No, I don’t know how we got to the playoffs either.

What has been your best moment in management?

Winning a semi final and 2 cup finals in 12 days at Staines Lammas. Great memories that will stick with everyone involved for a long time.

How has your coaching adapted over time?

I started as a teenager, with that came winning at all costs, not taking defeats well, poor behaviour on touchline and overlooking development of players. I’d like to think I’ve gone full circle over the years, but still looking to learn and improve. I still like winning, everyone does, but it has to be done in a certain manner. I dont get too high after wins or too low after losses. You make better decisions at the right times, if you can remain calm and collected on the touchline. And its very much person first now, before the player.

What manager/coach do you admire the most?

In non-league, I learnt a lot from Paul Martyn-Jones in our time together at Walton & Hersham, he gave me the chance to transition from coach to manager at a young age. Hugo Langton, current Lewes manager, gave me the opportunity to scout opposition for a couple of years at National League level, which I learnt so much from and he’s still someone I go to for advice now. In the pro game, since his Swansea days, I’ve always liked Brendan Rodgers philosophy and the way he sets his teams up.

What are the clubs plans for the next 3-5 years

The immediate target is still promotion and to establish ourselves as a Step 5 club.

Who do you think will win the league this year?

It’s Jersey’s to lose.

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