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Long Stratton only concentrating on themselves in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division title race




Manager Adam Burroughs has urged his Long Stratton players to focus only on what they can control in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division title race.

Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Wymondham Town has left Stratton third in the table, level on points with second-placed Sheringham and six adrift of table-topping Caister.

With seven matches left to play – including a trip to Caister on March 30 – there is still time left for some twists and turns, but Burroughs is only concerned with his team’s results.

Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - Long Stratton Manager Adams Burroughs..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7629858)
Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - Long Stratton Manager Adams Burroughs..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7629858)

“When I came in during the summer there was no pressure placed on me,” he said. “I just wanted to improve upon last season’s points tally and we have already done that with seven games to spare.

“It is very much week by week but I have been involved in football long enough to know six points at this stage is not a big gap.

“We still have to play Caister and they also have to face Sheringham so a lot can change.

Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - Sam Page..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7568815)
Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - Sam Page..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7568815)

“If you said to me at the start of the season that by this stage we would be in the race and have reached a cup final I would not have believed you.

“That shows how well we have done and we have done that by concentrating on ourselves, which is what we must keep doing.”

Stratton’s goals against Wymondham came courtesy of Sam Page and James Bemrose, the latter finding the back of the net for the 39th time in his 45 first-team appearance.

Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7629878)
Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (7629878)

As a former forward himself, Burroughs is full of praise for the teenager.

“There has been a lot of interest in James but I think it is right for him to stay at the moment, keep learning and keep playing 90 minutes,” he added.

“We rely on him a lot to score our goals and he deals with that pressure – I cannot fault him.”

Burroughs’ men will continue their title push at 10th-placed Blofield United tomorrow (2.30pm).



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