Diss Town's returning striker James Bemrose looking to make a big impact
James Bemrose marked his return to action with Diss Town in style – and he hopes it is the start of another goal-laden period with the club.
Having found the net eight times in just six appearances for the Tangerines following his arrival in October of last year, the forward opted to try his luck at higher-league Gorleston in the summer.
However, last week he moved back to Brewers Green Lane and wasted little time in making a positive impact as he netted a hat-trick in last Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Needham Market Reserves.
The frontman said: "I was a little bit unsure about what to do during pre-season. I trained with Diss and with (former club) Long Stratton, then Gorleston got in touch and I decided to give it a go.
"I enjoyed it there, it was a good challenge for me to make the jump up. I'd scored a lot of goals at Stratton, felt I done well at Diss, so it felt like the right move.
"Gorleston is a great club and everyone made me feel very welcome. I learned a lot and feel like I improved, but it just felt right to move back to Diss. I'm still young and I've got plenty of time to play higher, but right now I just want to enjoy my football.
"I want to stay at Diss this season, help to push us up the table and be one of the leading scorers in the league – that is my target whoever I am playing for."
While Bemrose's record in front of goal has never been in question, since joining Diss the first time around he has worked hard on other aspects of his game.
And he feels that progress has been made in recent months, with the 20-year-old now confident he is more of an 'all-round striker'.
"I realised after signing for Diss that I needed to mix things up so that defenders aren't comfortable," he added.
"I want to take corners and free kicks because I feel like I've got a good delivery, and I want to contribute assists.
"I used to be a striker that always looked to go over the top, but now I run the channels and have worked on my hold up play. I feel like I've become a better all-round striker."
The likelihood is that defenders are not going to enjoy coming up against Diss, who not only boast Bemrose in attack, but also the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North's current leading marksman Ryan Gibbs.
The pair have not played together yet, but Bemrose is looking forward to linking up with the former Needham Market, Bury Town and Cambridge City player.
"A lot of people have said to me that we are going to be a threat," said Bemrose. "I saw Ryan play and train during the summer and he's a very good player.
"Only time will tell, but hopefully we'll work well together and be a dangerous partnership."