Report by Andy McLaren

Summerhill veteran player Stuart Benson today admitted he had great memories with success when playing in the former welfare league.

The 37-year-old joined Welfare football in 1994, having won three Scottish Cups and a variety of league trophies with Summerhill over the years.

Now Summerhill, who play within the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association hope to continue their success and recently secured wins over Kintore and Ferryhill in their opening two league fixtures, are aiming to become Division Two champions.

And Stuart is determined to help continue his side’s recent success and said “I’m glad we are now doing well in the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football leagues which are the largest in Scotland.”

Stuart was part of the Sunnybank squad which won the AAFA Premier Division in 2006 and also lifted the North of Scotland Cup with Sportsmans in 2010.

The Aberdeen side, who scored 118 goals last term, have signed 6 new players this season.

And the Summerhill ace believes his side have enough quality to become a driving force in Amateur football.

“I hope we can now progress through the divisions and I’m confident we can give it another big push this season,” said Stuart.

“I gave up football after I left Sportsmans to concentrate on other things but I’m glad I have now returned to the fold.

“It’s a good feeling to be back playing and to be involved in the banter with the lads.

“The new signings will help us get to the next level and I hope we can win a piece of silverware by the end of the season.”

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