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Cammy Will Inspire Us To Premier Division Glory

Hazlehead Ace Targets Goals And Silverware

Report by Andy McLaren

Hazlehead United’s record goalscorer Nicky Emslie believes a friend’s successful fight against cancer can inspire the Aberdeen outfit to add more silverware this season.

Hazlehead midfielder Cammy Smith was recently told by doctors his body is entirely free of leukaemia after life-saving treatment proved successful.

25-year-old Cammy, who last played for United in October, watched on as his side lost 5-1 to Division Two (North) champions Dee Amateurs in a pre-season friendly.

Nicky, who won the Green Final Amateur Player of the Year award in 2012, scored 42 goals last season to ensure the Aberdeen side were promoted to the Premier Division for the first time in the clubs history.

And the 27-year-old admits Cammy’s good news can motivate Hazlehead to achieve their highest finish in Amateur football.

He said: “It’s great to have Cammy back supporting us and the good news is a major boost to us ahead of our first season in the Premier Division.

“We know this season will be our toughest yet but the squad is in good shape to bring more success to the club.

“I have had interested from junior clubs but I really like playing with my mates.

“Progressing to a higher level of football has crossed my mind but I really can’t see myself leaving my friends behind.

“We have a strong bond at Hazlehead as the majority of boys went to school together.

“We have the quality to be one of the best teams in the area so hopefully we can prove our potential throughout the season.”

United, who were formed in 2006, gained successive promotions in their first two seasons in Amateur football.

Nicky is now the clubs treasurer and broke an Amateur football record in 2012 by scoring 72 goals to help his side lift the Dickie Trophy, Barclay Cook Cup and Division Two (East).

The Aberdeen outfit, who are made up of former Hazlehead Academy pupils, have been a formidable force in recent years, scoring 267 goals in their last two league campaigns.

And strike ace Nicky believes he can continue his impressive goalscoring form when he comes up against some of the best defences in Amateur football.

“If we can get good cup runs this season then I would to score more than the 42 goals I got last season,” he said.

“It would be nice to score a goal per game so I’m hoping to get 40-50 which would be a huge achievement for me.

“Realistically, the aim is to simply stay clear of relegation this season.

“I think we need a few seasons in the Premier Division before we can challenge the big clubs for the league but I know we will cause some big shocks during the campaign.”