LEDBURY’S Josh Emery is quite the sportsman, playing for Eastnor Cricket Club in Birmingham League Division Two, and football for Cinderford Town in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West.

The 22-year-old, whose father is Hereford United legend Steve Emery, signed a professional football contract at Cheltenham Town two years ago.

The central midfielder also went on loan to Worcester City before being called back to Cheltenham, but didn’t secure another contract after having health issues.

“I stopped playing for a while, got over my anxiety problems and then started playing again,” said Emery.

“Now I’m back playing at Cinderford and I want to play as high as I can possibly get.”

As well as being a sportsman, the youngster also does carpentry and said: “I also help my dad out with his painting and decorating business.”

The all-rounder, who took two wickets and smashed two sixes on his way to 36 against Halesowen last weekend, added: “I want to stay with Eastnor playing cricket for as long as I can.

“I have been here since I was 14 and I want to take them as far as possible,” added the pace bowler.

With his father playing in Eastnor’s fourth team, Emery added: “When he watches me play he gives me a clip round the ear if I do something wrong - whether it’s football or cricket.

“Before I went in today, he told me to stay in as long as I could, and after me getting out stumped, he hasn’t spoken to me!”