At the end of the 2017/18 season then manager Mark Moore called up a number of Longlevens’ brightest young talents into the first team, one of which is former Cheltenham Town youth player Harry Emmett. Now in just his second full season in the first team we are starting to see the player that Moore saw developing within the club.
Emmett currently finds himself on 13 goals for the season and has countless amounts of assists so far this campaign and after scoring four goals for Levens in their 6-2 win against Burnham at the weekend he admits that he is still shocked by how many goals he has scored.
“Scoring four is definitely the most I’ve scored in a game for a while now and whilst it’s always nice to get on the score sheet let alone get four in a game, we got the three points and that’s what we needed after missing a couple of weekends due to rain.
I’m very pleased to be up there with the goals this season. It’s a bit of a shock to myself to be on this many goals already, so I’m hoping I can carry this on throughout the season.
Playing in the striker position has definitely played a role in this as I’m getting myself into more scoring positions than I usually would as well as being more clinical than in front of goal,” Emmett added.
Emmett’s form this season has seen him produce a number of eye-catching performances, including a dominating display at Brimscombe & Thrupp where he should have scored four goals on the night.
And he has been proof that young players will develop and show their potential if given consistent minutes in the men’s game if they are good enough and Emmett has been used in a number of positions to add minutes on the clock, something he believes has benefitted his development.
“I’ve played in the men’s side for a couple of seasons now and have got to grips with the physical side of the game. I’ve played almost in every position over the last 18 months which has actually allowed me to develop to where I am now and I think Spider [manager Craig Martin] finally trusts me as a striker.
But in all fairness the team we have at Longlevens at the moment just seems to get on so well together and we have achieved some big things this season and I think we can go on further throughout the season,” said Emmett.
Not only is Emmett showing he is a quality footballer, during the summers he has also shown he is pretty handy on the cricket field and the former Cheltenham man believes being so active in a number of sports has helped shaped who he is.
“When the football season is done I like to go on and play cricket for Kingsholm CC and it’s great. I’ve just always played whatever sports I can from a young age and it’s helped me to be who I am today and has helped me grow with confidence over the years.”
After being released from the Cheltenham Town set up Emmett found himself falling out of love with football like a number of young players but he has found a home at Longlevens and despite rumours of a number of clubs watching him for a potential transfer, Emmett has committed his future to the club.
“Longlevens gave me a chance and belief and it all started with Mark [Moore] giving me the chance to step up from the 3rds into the first team. At the time it was very tough for me but as I got on and played a few more matches I felt suited to it.
Spider, Tommy [Callinan], Darrell [Long], Kacey [Johnstone] and Tim [Hall] have all played a part in my development. The club means a lot to me, especially when everyone gels so well together on and off the pitch so I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!”
As mentioned at the top of the post, Emmett was a number of young players given a chance within the first team and the Levens man has praised his young teammates who have made the journey with him, including Jack Cornell, Isaac Johns, Tom Powell-Davies and Toby Shelton – who have all appeared for the Longlevens first team this season.
“Jack was actually the first person to message me to say just come down to Levens to see what it’s like and me, Isaac, Tom, Jack and Toby all came down and started in the 3rds which was such a good season for me as I was back playing with my mates and the enjoyment came back.
Now we have found ourselves making that step up as well as other lads we know playing in the other squads within the club, it makes it all even better knowing we are back at the club and doing it together,” Emmett added.
Along with the players coming through from within the club, Longlevens have a squad with a number of young players who have stepped into the first team to replace the “old guard” with stalwarts of the club like Craig Beaton, Dave Rich, Luke Kavanagh, Ellis Sausman and Ryan Dunn all stepping away from the first team within the last year or so.
However Emmett believes that a mixture of youth and experience has proved the perfect balance to a Longlevens side who were in the tightest of relegation battles last season.
“Yes we are such a young side, which is exciting as we can all stick with each other for future seasons, but with the experience we’ve got with the likes of Brad [Martin], Shaun [O’Connor] and Spider we have got a great mix.
They have all played a part in my development and I feel like now playing up top with Brad we both know each other’s game so well and to be finally close to his goal tally the whole squad take part in that.
Shaun always like to mess me about but I know he’s doing it for a reason, and Shaun plays a big role in the team and has been great since becoming captain and with him playing we are able to play the style we want to.
Even someone like Ollie [Long], he is 19 years old but has stepped up as captain when Shaun was injured and he already feels like an experienced player.
Spider has played a big role in my development. From giving me the chance to play week in week out with Mark to allowing me to play a role that I enjoy.
I feel like he’s found a system that works for us so we can all play at a top level which I think we can push for this season.” Emmett added.