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Long Stratton enjoying rich run of Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division form

After an inconsistent start to the season, Long Stratton hit the reset button ­— and it has paid dividends.

Much was expected of Adam Burroughs’ men this term after they broke a number of club records throughout a memorable 2018/19 in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division.

They struggled to live up to that hype on a regular basis throughout the opening few months of the campaign, but Saturday’s 5-0 win at Beccles Town made it five victories from their seven outings in 2020, during which time Burroughs’ side have scored a hefty 24 goals.

Football action from Harleston Town v Long Stratton..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (31168649)
Football action from Harleston Town v Long Stratton..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (31168649)

And the boss has pinpointed a conversation around Christmas time as a key factor in the run that has moved Stratton up to fifth.

“We were having a bad patch just before Christmas and that is when we decided to have a chat with the lads,” said the former Diss Town forward.

“I think we put a bit too much pressure on ourselves after last season. That was a position that the club had never been in.

“All of a sudden we had come from being a Long Stratton side that are used to finishing in the bottom three to one that finished a few points behind the champions.

“It is tough because teams change their approach. They are more aware of you and we had to adapt.

“But we regrouped, refreshed things a little bit and have since got back to playing some good football and scoring plenty of goals.”

Against Beccles it was the league’s main marksman James Bemrose who did much of the damage with a hat-trick, taking his tally for the season to 35 goals.

Adam Race and Wayne Bemrose were also on target for Stratton, who host 12th-placed Wroxham Reserves tomorrow (2.30pm).

* Harleston Town lost ground in the Premier Division title race after they went down 2-1 at home to Caister. Sam Borrer was later sent off for a Harleston side that remain third and are now seven points adrift of Waveney at the top.

Town will aim to bounce back tomorrow at home against Blofield United (2.30pm).

* Eleventh-placed Scole United, who are without a game tomorrow, were beaten 3-0 at title-chasing Mundford on Saturday.

* In Division One, Attleborough Town twice came from behind to beat hosting Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves 3-2.

Danny Camish equalised on both occasions for third-placed Attleborough before Greg Mann notched the winner.

Martyn Fuller’s men are without a game this weekend.

* Seventh-placed East Harling are still unbeaten in 2020 following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Aylsham.

Ian Ward, John Woods and Callum Bray were all on target for Harling, who host leaders Wymondham Town tomorrow (2.30pm).

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