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Diss Town's James Bemrose delighted with goal return since joining the club

Goals have never been a problem for James Bemrose – but even he has been surprised by just how well he has adapted to life at Diss Town.

The striker joined the Tangerines last month from lower-league Long Stratton, for whom he scored more than 100 goals across their Saturday and Sunday sides.

And it would appear the clinical touch has not deserted Bemrose in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, with his debut hat-trick against Great Yarmouth being followed by four further goals.

James Bemrose has netted seven goals for Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore
James Bemrose has netted seven goals for Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore

That has taken his tally to seven in just five appearances, and he is already the club’s leading goalscorer in 2020/21.

“I’m very pleased. I’ve always believed in myself and was determined to prove I could score goals at this level, but I didn’t expect to start so well,” he said.

“I actually didn’t score in the few games I played for Stratton this season. I wasn’t getting many chances and my confidence was low.

“But it has just clicked at Diss. I thought it would take a little bit of time to adjust to the level and being in a new team, but it’s been great so far.”

The 20-year-old’s stint at Step 6 may still be very much in its infancy, but he already feels his game has improved.

He added: “The Anglian Combination is a good standard but this is a jump up.

“The players are fitter and the defenders read the game better. Because of the goals I’ve scored a lot of them know who I am as well – sometimes they are doubling up on me.

“I’ve had to change things a bit. Instead of always running in behind, sometimes I’m now coming to feet. Other times I’ll look to do that then spin and go over the top.

“I don’t want to be a forward with just one strength and I’ve already started to look for different ways to confuse defences.”

Bemrose – like all players at Step 3 and below – is currently twiddling his thumbs at weekends with no prospect of matches until at least early December due to the national lockdown.

It’s a source of great frustration, but the youngster is trying to keep himself as sharp as possible to ensure he can continue his fine form once football restarts.

“It’s very frustrating, both for myself and the team,” he said.

“I’m getting out for runs and I’m a scaffolder, so my work is physical and that should keep me fit.

“Hopefully I can get back to scoring goals as soon as we start playing again.”

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