Position: Midfielder

Ethan Fitzhugh

D.O.B: November 27th 2002

Central midfielder Ethan is on a dual registration with National League North’s Banbury Utd until the end of the season.

He was previously at Leicester City and signed for Banbury following his release last month and making his Mickleover debut as a second half substitute in the 4-1 win over Kettering.

Will Bapaga

D.O.B. November 3rd 2002

Will is a winger or attacking midfielder, that came through Coventry City’s junior ranks, and made his first team debut in 2019 as a substitute against Bolton Wanderers.

He went on to make two more first team appearances for the Sky Blues and was also loaned to Grimsby Town, making 10 appearances and scoring three goals, before being released last summer.

He started this season on trial with Huddersfield and scored in a pre-season friendly. But in November he joined National League North Buxton and made five appearances, before coming to the Don Amott Arena.

Matty Bowman

November 26th 2000

Matty’s is either a right midfielder or right back. He was initially picked up by Middlesborough from Scalby Juniors, before moving onto Hull City.

He then had a spell at Scarborough Athletic, before moving to Scotland with Dunfermline Athletic. After a brief loan spell at Pickering Town, he left Scotland in 2021, attending Loughborough University and continued to play there until his pre-season move to Basford.

He has also played for the England Independent Schools team during his time at Repton School and made his Sports debut playing at right back in the visit to Kettering.

Ben Sault

September 26th 2002

A central midfielder, Ben arrived pre-season from Kettering Town.

He started out as Lincoln City Junior, joining Oadby Town on his release in 2021. After six months he was snapped up by Boston Utd, but spent the whole of last season at Kettering.

Will Atkinson

October 14th 1988

A former Hull City Junior, Atkinson has played in every division of the football league during his career, notably in the Premiership during his time with the Tigers.

A central midfielder, he had numerous loans during his time at Hull, starting with Port Vale. Over the next five years he had spells at Mansfield, Rochdale, Rotherham, Plymouth Argyle and Bradford City, before a permanent to move to the latter for the 2012/13 season.

A year later he moved to Southend, spending four years on the South Coast, before heading North again to Mansfield. His next stop was a return to Port Vale, before a short spell at Alfreton, preceded a return to Southend for one more season.

He spent last season with Boston Utd and has made over 300 league appearances, 255 in League Two and scored 30 goals and can play at wing back too.

He was part of the Bantams team that were League Cup runner-up and made the League Two play-offs with both Bradford City and Southend.

Zach Sandhu

A member of our youth team, Zac is learning his skills through the Mickleover Academy and is a regular in the reserve side.

He has gained first team experience through this years pre-season friendlies and is looking forward to his first season in the squad.

A midfielder or defender, Zac also played as striker in the Youth Cup last year, scoring a hattrick.

Will Trueman

October 14th 2002

As a Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Will came to Mickleover initially on a months loan.

The 20 year old scored on his first-team debut for the Owls against Leicester City Under 21’s in the Papa John’s Trophy and also found the net in a pre-season first-team friendly against Huddersfield Town.

In 21/22 he was also awarded League Football Apprentice of the Year.

He soon became a Mickleover favourite with his pace and 100% effort, seeing out the rest of the season at the Don Amott Arena, before making his stay permanent for this term.

Oliver Greaves

November 2nd 1999

An skilful midfielder Oliver arrived a few months into last  season from NPL side Liversedge.

He started out at Sheffield Utd and after a loan at Barrow, moved to Dover Athletic in January 2021.

He quickly moved on to Matlock and Gainsborough, before going to Spain in January 2022 with Almunecar.

On his return to the UK he joined Buxton for the start of last season, but soon moved on to Liversedge.

He made his debut in the win at Barwell last October and scored seven goals from his attacking midfield role.

Andy Dales

November 13th 1994

It was more of a return home for Andy since rejoining Mickleover just before the start of the 21/22.

Derby born he spent 10 years at Derby County and was a first year pro in 2013.

He was released in 2014 and was unable to take up offers of trials due to injury, which brought him to Mickleover for the first time.

The pacey winger had four years at the Don Amott Arena and was part of the team that won promotion back to the NPL Premier Division, his first senior medal.

In 2017/18 he scored 23 goals and was signed by Scunthorpe United after being spotted at the Jamie Vardy Academy.

During his three years there he made 33 appearances and scored one goal, but also had long loan spells in the Scottish Premiership with Dundee and Hamilton Academicals.

After a short spell at Altrincham, he was released and returned to Mickleover, hitting two goals on his home debut against Gainsborough.

As well as being last seasons top scorer, he’s a valuable member of the Academy coaching staff.