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Long Stratton striker James Bemrose looking to keep up good goalscoring form for Norfolk FA Under-18s in the FA County Youth Cup final against Manchester FA




It is a big weekend for Long Stratton striker James Bemrose, and he has prepared for it in the best way possible.

Tomorrow the 18-year-old will lead the line for Norfolk FA Under-18s as they bid to become the first ever side to successfully defend the FA County Youth Cup when they take on Manchester FA at Rochdale AFC (2pm).

He goes into the encounter in clinical form, having scored all six of Stratton’s goals in their 6-4 win over Mattishall in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division on Saturday, taking his overall tally for the season to 32.

Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (8388479)
Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (8388479)

And he could have scored even more goals in the game, with three other attempts striking the woodwork.

“My first shot hit the post but then after that it felt like everything was flying in,” said Bemrose, who for good measure scored a couple more goals for Stratton’s Under-21s on Sunday.

“We were 3-1 up at half-time and then went 4-3 down, so to get the goals that won us the game is a great feeling.

“My aim at the start of the year was to get 30 goals and I have already done that with a couple of games to spare.

Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (8452586)
Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (8452586)

“It has really boosted my confidence for the weekend. It is going to be a really tough game but it would be great if we could win it and make history.

“It is me scoring the goals but I really could not have done it without the help of my team-mates, managers and the supporters. I want to keep improving for them because they have helped me a lot.”

Unlike in previous rounds of the competition, the fixture list has been kind to Stratton on this occasion and given them a weekend off, meaning they will not miss their teenage striker’s services.

Table-topping Sheringham are three points clear and are favourites for the title with their game in hand, but third-placed Stratton are just one point adrift of Caister in second with two games left to play.

Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (8452589)
Football action from Long Stratton v Wymondham - James Bemrose..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (8452589)

Adam Burroughs’ men will play the first of those fixtures on April 20 when they travel to take on second-from-bottom St Andrews (2.30pm).

Stratton were 6-0 victors in the reverse fixture last month, with Bemrose helping himself to four of those goals. Charlie Deakin and Sam Page were also on target.



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