Diss Town forward James Bemrose expecting positive run-in for the Tangerines
Striker James Bemrose is confident things are starting to come together at Diss Town.
The first half of the campaign saw plenty of ups and downs at Brewers Green Lane, where joint bosses Matt Coote and Mark Sutcliffe came in to replace previous manager Michael King in September.
There has been players come and go since then, while postponements have not helped when it comes to generating momentum and forming understandings out on the pitch.
However, last weekend’s 3-1 win at Great Yarmouth Town – a game in which Bemrose scored twice – made it 10 points collected from the last 15 on offer for the Tangerines.
And it also moved Diss up to seventh in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North table, three points adrift of the play-offs, albeit having played more games than the majority of sides around them.
Nevertheless, Bemrose feels it is shaping up to be a strong second half of the season for the club.
“It’s been difficult at times. Obviously I started the season at Gorleston and my first game back we were told afterwards that the manager was leaving,” said the vice-captain.
“The senior players took over for two or three games and then the new managers came in.
“We’ve had some players come in and others leave and it takes a while to get the understanding you need.
“It’s been tough, but recently you can see our potential. What we’ve been doing in training, we’re starting to show it in games.
“We’ve got a good spirit as well. We were 1-0 down after an hour on Saturday and we’ve still gone on to win it.
“There’s still plenty of matches left and if we keep going this way I’m sure we can push for the play-offs.”
Bemrose’s double at Yarmouth took his league tally for the season to 14 goals in just 13 appearances.
He is second in the division’s standings, five short of Whittlesey Athletic frontman James Hill-Seekings.
It means there is some ground to be made up between now and the term’s conclusion, but Bemrose is not giving up hope of finishing top of the pile.
The 21-year-old said: “Every year, whatever league I’m playing, that’s what I aim for – to finish as the leading scorer.
“I hadn’t looked at it (the stats) for a while but I know there are enough games left for me to score plenty of goals.
“It felt good to get two at the weekend and it would have been a hat-trick if the goalkeeper hadn’t saved my free kick.
“I like the responsibility that comes with playing up front. If I don’t score then I see it as I haven’t done my job properly.
“And if I can keep doing what I did on Saturday then it can only help to push us up the table.”
Diss are without a fixture this weekend, with their return to action scheduled for December 22 at home to FC Parson Drove – a side they defeated 4-1 on the opening day of the season.