Redditch Here We Come

by Peter Scherer

You could call it a “Six-pointer”, as Mickleover visit Redditch Utd on Saturday in a duel for play-off places. 

It was a 2-2 draw when they visited the Don Amott Arena back in October. Our hosts haven’t played since February 17th, when they beat Berkhamsted at home 1-0. Six wins out of the last 10 games and only two defeats, it wont be easy.

But two wins in succession with a three goal margin, Sports have hopefully hit form at the right time for the final run in.

Matt Clarke has been in charge at the Trico Stadium since September 2020 and is a former player for the club. He also played for Wolves, West Bromwich Albion and Kidderminster during his playing career.

Centre back Ryan Wollacott started out at Stourport, before spending just over three years in the Welsh Premier League with Aberystwyth. He then moved to Alvechurch, before returning to Stourport, from where Redditch signed him in July 2021.

Left back Calum Flanagan is another ex-Villa Junior. After a loan at Kettering he joined Hinckley on his release, before making his first stop at Redditch in 2015, when he came from Worcester.

Further moves to Hednesford, Solihull, Rushall and Halesowen, with a couple of career breaks in between, preceded his return to Redditch in January 2022.

He isn’t the only Flanagan in the squad though, as brother Reece is a midfielder and former Walsall Junior.

He joined Leamington after his release and had spells at Rushall and Stratford, before Redditch signed him from Hednesford in July 2022.

First choice goalkeeper Adam Harrison was signed in December 2022 from Worcester City. He is a former Leicester City Junior, who has also played for Bedworth Utd and Tividale.

Jack Price and Charlie McNamara are his deputies and both have been on the bench recently. Price was a pre-season signing and is dual registered with Dudley Sports.

Right back Brad Burton came from Alvechurch pre-season, after starting his career at Aston Villa.

Jamie Melbourne is a left back. A former Stoke City youngster, he came from Alvechurch pre-season too. At the start of this season.

Gift Mussa is a central midfielder and another pre-season signing from Tamworth. He started out at Coventry Utd, before moving onto Leamington. He has had spells at Bromsgrove and Nuneaton too.

Aran Soleman is another midfielder and ex West Bromwich Albion Junior. He went to Solihull Moors on his release, before moving on to Coventry Utd, Rushall Olympic, Guiseley, Bromsgrove, Tamworth, Matlock and Hednesford. He has been with our hosts since December 2021.

Experienced midfielder AJ George started his career at Oxford Utd and Mansfield and spent a month on loan at Mickleover back in 2017.

After further loans at Hednesford and North Ferriby he joined Chippenham, before spells at Oxford City, Rushden & Diamonds and Tamworth, and ended last season with North Leigh. He is also an Antigua & Barbuda international.

Striker Alex Cameron is in his third spell at Redditch. He started out at Stourbridge and was at Dudley Town and Tividale before joining Redditch in July 2020.

After one year he moved to Sporting Khalsa, but returned to Redditch three months later for another nine months. He was at Rushall last season and before returning again pre-season.

Danny King is yet another striker who spent some time with our hosts last season, on loan from Gloucester City, before making his move permanent in November 2022.

Johnny Johnston is a striker too, ex Blackpool youngster, he came from Gloucester pre-season.

Midfielder Musa Ceesay was a pre-season addition, having previously trialled for the club a year earlier. He is now a regular starter and was previously at Lye Town and Wolverhampton Casuals.

Callum Rowe is a midfielder on a dual registration with Rushall. He was an Aston Villa Junior and loaned to Hereford, before moving to Exeter City. He made eight appearances for the Grecians in League Two before being loaned to Chippenham and Bath City.

He then joined Yeovil and quickly moved on to Salisbury and Hereford, before joining Stourbridge earlier this year and started this season at Rushall.

Jordan Cranston is a left back on loan from Hereford Utd until the end of the season. He’s Welsh Under 19 International who started out at Wolves. After a loan at Nuneaton, he signed for Hednesford on his release, before returning to Nuneaton on permanent basis.

He quickly moved on to Notts County and was loaned to Lincoln City, before moving on to Gateshead. Cheltenham, Morecambe, Solihull Moors and Fylde were his next stops, before joining Hereford in January.

Striker Jaiden White was a junior at both Wolves and Coventry City. He moved on to Kidderminster, who loaned him to Stafford Rangers, before that move became permanent. He started this season at Stourbridge, before coming to Redditch last September.

Former Birmingham City Junior midfielder Jack Concannon is a recent arrival on loan from Alvechurch. He was loaned to Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth, before joining the permanently on his release. He then moved to Alvechurch at he start of last season.

Striker Tyrell Skeen-Hamilton arrived just before Christmas, from Rushall Olympic on a dual registration. He started out as a Junior with both Birmingham City and Bournemouth and was loaned out to Salisbury,  and Gosport Borough, before going to Alvechurch on his release. He then joined Telford Utd but was loaned back to Alvechurch, before going back again permanently.

He started this season at Banbury but moved on to Rushall only two months later.

Centre back Matt Fulloway arrived from Sporting Khalsa in early February, where he spent the previous four season, since joining the from Stourport Swifts.

Isaiah Bazeley arrived in February too from Harborough Town. An ex Aston Villa Junior he also had a loan spell at Bradford Park Avenue, before joining Barwell on his release. He soon moved to Peterborough Sports and was loaned out to Yaxley, before starting this season at Harborough.

Academy graduates Henry Smith and Taysian Douglas-Lewis have both been on the bench too recently.

Kick off in this dual for second in the table is at 3pm and YOUR SUPPORT WOULD BE WELCOMED!!

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