Dean Bamforth "In the Hotseat"


Posted 01st February 2018 - Posted in Club News Dean Bamforth "In the Hotseat"


Rob Miller catches up with Hallam's Assistant Manager Dean Bamforth to discuss how the season is going so far, promising young players and " that" game at Selby...

Well Dean, we've passed the halfway point of the season and Hallam lie nine points shy of the play offs in tenth. Is that about on a par with the pre season expectations or have we underacheived thus far?

We're about where we thought we'd be. We've nearly done with the recruitment, and are pretty strong in the player recruitment. From now, the season will be judged as from today until the end of the campaign. We have had a big rebuilding job with players coming and players going, so finally we've got the players we are looking for, and from now on till the end of the season we will judge it on that.

And how much was Selby 'a kick in the teeth' two weeks ago given the fact that we more than matched the Robins for large portions of the game and were left aggrieved somewhat with a referee decision late on?

We will try not to dwell on it! Usually a full week for myself. Overall we was a pretty pleased with the performance and we looked sharp. Selby are a playoff team no doubt about it and thought we matched them. I thought we kept our shape well and won tackles, and put the ball in good areas. It was a shame we got " rug pulled" by the officials which left the players disapointed.

And after the Selby encounter, is it now a case of consolidating for next season or are the playoffs still a realistic aim?

No, until we mathematically can't get in the play offs, that will always be the target. I know the Northern Counties leagues and you can win ten games on the trot then get turned over by a club who are bottom of the league, so it tends to chuck in a strange result like that. I just think, nine points! And we have a game in hand so we could claw that back in two weeks with a few wins so we definitely won't write the playoffs just yet. We've just talked in the dressing room and told them we need to string four or five wins together to get anywhere near.

It's encouraging to see Hallam bringing in young raw talent this season, Reece Twell and Luke Howson to name two examples. How much of an integral ingredient is this to the long term future of the club?

Players become available! Scott, Wippy and my phones ring three times a day and we don't just sign anyone. We like a certain type of player, we like characters who fit in well and yeah, it's got to fit the balance of the side. Like
the two lads we've got back today ( Bishop and Beaumont), we've waited all season to get them on our books and with the managerial change at Worksop recently, we knew we'd be Bish's first port of call. " Twelly " is going to get up and running. He's had a recent illness and is training again so we are all excited about that. He has a great left foot too as I've mentioned in the past. Howson!, he's 17 year old. Great player, and a great prospect. He's not a winger who gives nine out of ten going forward and three out of ten coming back. He's an all round seven and when he plays, he keeps his shape brilliant. He's an old fashioned Winger, clears and puts crosses in so we are happy with that. 

And what areas do you think Hallam have struggled in this season and where do you think we've exceeded in?

Areas!! Early on in the season, Griff with his work. Plays two then misses two and we need to rejiggle the team so that sort of occurrence hasn't helped. We do score goals as a young side and young lads, when they make a mistake it generally ends up in the back of the net but you've got to play the youth for them to learn from their mistakes. At present the changing room is a great place. Last week ( no match scheduled) the players were all ringing each other on what's app and all met up for a few drinks till two in the morning so yeah.

And as Assistant Manager, you value all your players of course but is there any player/s that have really caught the eye this season?

That's a difficult one. I dont really like singling anyone out but errrr, Richard Tootle has been fantastic. He's a eight out of ten for me. ( Jack) McCarthy has being another great signing, twenty one year old!!.

He rejected an offer from Ponte ( Pontefract Collieries) to double his wages and he stayed loyal to us which we like and a great credit to the lad. But all round, we've just got Beaumont and Bish and they will strive to help us be there or thereabouts in regards to the play offs and got a wide range of players who can light up any ground on any given day.

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