Prior to our next match against Sutton United, we spent some time with centre back Adam Bailey-Dennis to find out how he is enjoying his time at the Beachboys.
How have you settled in at Concord?
Yes it’s been really good, all the lads have been really welcoming. I’m really enjoying my football again and luckily since I’ve come into the club we’ve had some really good results.
You’re part of a defence which is watertight now…what do you put that down too?
To be honest it was always on the cards, before I came in. They were so close to getting set up defensively as a side, it just needed a little bit of tinkering. You add the likes of Jay Dowie to a midfield, and then you’ve got the forwards defending from the front. You look at the strength in depth of the team now, it’s really good. We honestly believe as a side that if we don’t concede, or at a push concede one we will win the game. We’re like averaging three goals a game, something ridiculous like that! So if we defend well as a team we will win games, it’s as simple as that.
What makes a good defender for you?
Well football has changed even since I’ve been growing up. When I first started watching football, a centre back just had to clear the danger and defend, for example Tony Adams. But now a centre back needs to be comfortable on the ball as well, like Rio Ferdinand and Gerard Pique. It’s about finding that right balance, knowing when to play, and knowing when to clear it. Luckily for me in my youth I played a number of times in holding midfield which definitely helped my ability on the ball, and knowing when to make the right pass. Non-League defending is just not about hoofing it away now, you have some really strong players at this level.
Yes, the Conference South is a tough division.
Yeah, there is a lot of money in the league now. You’ve got probably 30/40 players at this level who were either playing in the Conference or Football League last season. It just shows what a strong division it is. There are so many good players young and old in this league, and you look at the recent headlines with Jamie Vardy and Andre Gray coming from non-league. There are exceptional footballers at this level.
Speaking of Vardy does that inspire every non-league footballer to pursue their dreams?
If your not wanting to play at the highest level you can, then for me you shouldn’t be playing the game. I don’t play just to play football. I play because I want to be better and progress up the leagues. I don’t play just because I want a pay packet.
Adam was chatting to Chris Clark.