By Peter Scherer
Five successive wins and now fourth in the table, so are you coming to the Don Amott Arena for your Tuesday night feast of football as we take on Stourbridge?
Stourbridge are currently 14th in the Southern Premier League Central table, but didn’t have a game last Saturday. They beat Ilkeston away 2-0 in their last game and are undefeated in their last four.
Joint manager Leon Broadhurst and Stuart Pierpoint have been in charge since October last and are both still registered to play.
Centre back Broadhurst is the clubs record appearance holder on 780, spending 10 years at the club before moving to Bromsgrove.
Pierpoint is also a centre back who has also played for Oldbury Utd, Sutton Coldfield, Halesowen, Stafford, Nuneaton, Solihull, Leamington and Brackley before a four-year stay at Stourbridge from July 2015. He was at Coalville before returning to our visitors.
Goalkeeper Charlie Price is in his second spell at the club, having left to join Alvechurch in June 2016, before returning three years later.
Defender Joel Kettle is in his second spell at the club too. He started out with Sutton Coldfield before joining Stourbridge in August 2014. His career then took him to Halesowen, Sutton Coldfield, Rushall, Solihull, Tamworth and Nuneaton, before joining our visitors pre-season from Bromsgrove.
Striker Darryl Knights is a former Ipswich Junior he was capped by England at Under 16 and 17 and was loaned to Yeovil, before joining Kidderminster on his release.
Solihull was his next stop, then Newport and Solihull before returning to Kidderminster. After a spell at Tamworth, he had two years at Telford, before coming to Stourbridge in July 2020.
Full back Jack Wilson was another signing from Bromsgrove back in September 2021. He had made 200 appearances before his move and had a brief loan spell at Lichfield City too.
Jason Cowley is a striker who came from Bromsgrove too in July last year. He started out at Redditch, before a first spell at Bromsgrove preceded a move to Stevenage. He was loaned to Solihull and on release he had a month at Macclesfield, before rejoining Bromsgrove.
Midfielder Reece King arrived from Buxton in July last year. He started his career at Malvern Town, before moving on to Gloucester City and Hednesford. After a spell at Leamington, he rejoined Hednesford, before going to Buxton in February 2020.
Joe Hull is another returnee having arrived for his second spell from Alvechurch last December. He started out at Kidderminster, before moving to Redditch in 2010. Further moves took him to Hinckley Utd and Stourport Swifts, before returning to Redditch.
He first came to Stourbridge in February 2016 after just over three years at Halesowen. But after eight months and a loan at Tividale, he moved to Rushall Olympic, Bromsgrove and finally Alvechurch.
Lee Vaughan had been first choice right back but has recently lost his place to new signing Tyler Lyttle. Vaughan was an academy player at Birmingham City and Portsmouth, before joining Chelmsley, from where he was spotted by Walsall.
He played over 45 first team games and was loaned to Willenhall, before joining Telford on his release. Moving on to Cheltenham, Tranmere and back to Kidderminster, he came to Stourbridge in July last year from Barnet, after a spell at Solihull and a return trip to Telford.
Midfielder Callum Gittings came from Leamington in pre-season. After starting at Alvechurch, he also played for Kidderminster, Solihull and Telford.
Former Walsall Academy midfielder Alex Moore joined Wolverhampton Casuals and Shifnal Town after his release, before stepping back up the ladder to Bromsgrove and Rushall Olympic. He had three years at Rushall before joining Stourbridge pre-season.
Midfielder Harry Lewis made his first team debut last season, after coming through the clubs academy. He has also had a few games for Team Dudley and has started three of Stourbridges’s games this season.
Rackeem Reid is a striker that came from Rushall pre-season. He initially played for Chasetown and Paget Rangers before going to Nottingham University. He moved on to Belper Town and Long Eaton, before joining Quorn for 2019/20.
Centre Back Chris Knight is in his third spell at Stourbridge. He first joined them in July 2012 from Dudley, moved onto Lye Town but returned in July 2017. After going back to Lye and latterly Wulfrunians, he signed for our visitors again in pre-season.
Reece Stryche is both an England C and current Gibralatarian International, having scored three goals in 27 games for the latter.
He came from Hednesford in September last year, having played for a huge raft of clubs in his 14 year career, including Buxton, Alfreton, Darlington, Macclesfield and Wycombe, having started out at Hednesford.
Moussa Koita is a midfielder. He was signed after an early pre-season trial, having previously played for Team Dudley.
Defender Alex Worley is an ex Walsall Junior, who was at Haverfordwest last season. He was another pre-season signing and has made one start so far.
Tyler Lyttle is the most recent signing. The former Wolves and Bristol Rovers Junior is the son of ex Forest defender Des.
He made three first team starts at Bristol and was loaned to Nuneaton and Truro, before joining Hednesford on his release. He was at Sutton Coldfield prior to joining Rushall, where he spent the last four years.
Striker Greg Mills was a former Rams Junior, and had loans at Solihull and Macclesfield and Telford, before making his Telford move permanent. Worcester, Boston Utd, Barrow, Kings Lynn, Corby, Tamworth, Nuneaton and Darlington are also on his CV, before he came to Stourbridge in 2018.
After just over a year he moved to Bromsgrove and returned to our visitors in July 2020. He has been on the bench this season, but is yet to make a start.
Ethan Moran is a young midfielder yet to start this season. He started out at Worcester City, before moving to Malvern Town. He has also had spells in Kidderminster’s Academy and at Lye Town and joined Stourbridge in August last year.
Lewis Solly is both reserve goalkeeper and coach. An ex Wolves and Bury player, he played for Welshpool and Aberystwyth, before moving back to the midlands with Stafford Rangers. He was then at Telford and Redditch and first came to Stourbridge in 2005 from Hednesford, and stayed eight years before moving to Rushall. He moved onto Worcester but had time out with an injury and has been back at Stourbridge since the end of last season, having made over 350 appearances.
7.45pm kick off as usual, the bar will be open and the forecast is and 11 degrees. So BE THERE!!