‘Bart’ bangs in an incredible 58 goals

HOW Paul Jewell must wish he could sign a goalscorer with a similar strike rate as David ‘Bart’ Lorimer.

The 20-year-old is weighing up his future after scoring an incredible 58 goals, including ten hat-tricks, in 28 games last season.

Lorimer was the leading goalscorer in the whole of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL as he helped Bildeston Rangers lift the Division Three title – and has been attracting interest from Ridgeons League clubs.

He won the Bill Snook Trophy for being the leading scorer in Divisions One to Three, netting 47 league goals, and plundered a further 11 goals in four Omnico Cup matches before Bildeston bowed out to Grundisburgh.

Lorimer, who has been nicknamed ‘Bart’ after the cartoon character since he was about three years old, said: “It was a brilliant season for the boys. We brought in several players who have grown up locally and they fitted into the team well. After we won the league we had a great night out in Colchester!”

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His goalscoring feats didn’t end there – he added at least 75 goals in the Hadleigh Premier Fives five-a-side league, meaning he netted nine cups and trophies during the season.

However, his older brother Scott, who is Bildeston’s player-manager and was second-top scorer with 12 goals, stopped short of awarding ‘Bart’ the manager’s player of the year award!

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Lorimer was with Colchester United’s Academy between the ages of nine and 15 years old, playing against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea at Bisham Abbey and in a tournament in Holland against Dutch sides PSV Eindhoven and Sparta Rotterdam.

He played in every round except the final, when he was an unused substitute, as Suffolk Under-18s won the FA County Youth Cup final, beating Cambridgeshire 2-1 at Portman Road in 2008.

“Missing out on the final was the biggest disappointment of my career so far. It really hit me hard and took me a long time to get over it.”

However, Lorimer said he had matured since then, culminating in his form last season.

“This year has been my best in adult football. I have grown up and learnt from my mistakes.”

Despite winning promotion to Division Two of the SIL he said he was not sure who he will be playing for next season.

“My heart is telling me to stay because of all my friends at the club, but my head is telling me I have to move on and play at as high a level as I can really.

“I have had a couple of Ridgeons League clubs ask me to go pre-season training with them, but I am not going to rush into making a decision.”

Ruth Finbow, secretary of Bildeston Rangers, said: “He has had an outstanding season, and the trophies he has been awarded are a good reflection of how well he has played.”

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