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FOOTBALL: I'll clean up my act and be No.1; DIVISION 2.

REFORMED hitman Martin Cameron has vowed to clean up his act so he can become the Second Division's top scorer this season.

The 21-year-old Alloa striker bagged 17 goals last term and finished third in the divisional charts. But Cameron reckons he would have been top of the tree if he hadn't missed the last six games through suspension.

Cameron, who has struck the net four times in five games so far this season, said: "I've set myself a target of 20 goals and hopefully that will be enough to let me become the division's top scorer.

"I've vowed to eradicate all the stupid bookings I picked up for dissent and the like. Sometimes, though, it is hard to bite your tongue at referees decisions - but I am learning to curb that side of my game."

No one at Alloa has been the least surprised by the start the team have made. They are unbeaten in the league and have recorded cup wins against First Division Airdrie and Morton.

Cameron believes the amazing run is all down to the hard work and punishing training schedule devised by Willie Irvine.

Cameron said: "Willie pushed us extremely hard during pre-season but we proved against Morton and Airdrie we can live with teams from a higher division.

"There are a few teams in our division that are full-time but Terry Christie has us well organised and we all know exactly what we are doing.

"Nobody round these parts has been surprised by our start to the season - but the hardest part for us will be to sustain it for the rest of the campaign."

Alloa, who add striker Paul McAnespie to the squad that beat Airdrie in midweek, today entertain a managerless Hamilton side determined to take their first points of the season.

Accies caretaker boss Ally Dawson has Ian McAulay out and Eddie Cunnington facing a late fitness test.

Dawson said: "I would love to be the manager. We are continuing to work hard and we need the players to believe in themselves."

Teenage keeper Ryan McGurk makes his first-team home debut today for Stenhousemuir against Stranraer.

McGurk's appearance highlights the tie-up between the club and a local education college.

Manager Graeme Armstrong said: "We have an agreement with Falkirk College that enables 12 young lads who are in our under-18 team to study in the morning and then train in the afternoon.

"Ryan get his chance tomorrow but we have others who will progress in the months ahead."

McGurk comes in for keeper Lindsay Hamilton, who is unavailable due to work commitments, and Alan Lawrence will get a fitness check before Armstrong decides on his team to face an unchanged Stranraer.

Ross County are continuing their talks with former Ranger Mark Hateley and assistant boss Gordon Chisholm said: "We expect Mark to come north next week."

Paul Kinnard has a hamstring injury and misses today's home game against Arbroath but John McGlashan, Franck Escalon and Craig Tully all trained yesterday and should be fit.

Arbroath have nine first-team squad members on the sick list, including Mark McWalter, Craig Hinchcliffe, Steve Florence and John Gallagher.

Partick Thistle go in with an unchanged squad against visitors Queen of the South, who will make defensive changes with David Lilley now at Aberdeen and Alan Kerr crocked.

Stirling Albion manager John Philliben is well aware of the threat Clyde pose at Broadwood.

Philliben, who will have Jim Gardner available, said: "Clyde took 12 points out of 12 from us last season and we cannot allow that to happen again."

Midfielder Andy McClay has settled his differences with Clyde and is added to the squad along with Ian McDonald.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Haggerty, Anthony
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 28, 1999
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