Time To Visit The Giantkillers

by Peter Scherer

Having already suffered an FA Cup defeat at Alvechurch’s hands earlier this season, it’s time for revenge as we face them in the League for the first time this year.

After their FA Cup first round victory at Cheltenham last week, it’s time for them to focus on the League again. Last Saturday they were at Hitchin and  went down 1-2, which them down in 2oth place.

They still have four games in hand and Tuesday’s game will be their first home league match since a 3-3 draw with Leiston on September 24th, hence their false league position towards the bottom of the table.

Out of their five home games they have won three, drawn one and lost 1-3 to Tamworth.

Manager Ian Long came back to the club in February 2020, having previously been there for four years, before joining Stourbridge.

So far they have used two goalkeepers, Dan Jezeph and Leon Phillips. Jezeph is currently first choice, a Walsall Junior, who was at Tamworth and Worcester City before joining Alvechurch in July last year.

Phillips was a Nottingham Forest youth player, after turning down Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. After his release he had a year at Kidderminster, before joining our hosts in August 2021.

James Behan is currently second choice keeper, a former Birmingham City Junior, he’s played for Cheltenham, Maldon & Tiptree, Stratford, Racing Club Warwick and Darlaston. 

Ash Carter is a centre back that came from Halesowen in May 2021. He was a Wolves Academy player and was loaned to Chesterfield and Tamworth before joining Kidderminster on his release. 

He then came to Alvechurch in July 2017, joining Nuneaton a year later. November 2018 he was back at Alvechurch, before moves to Stourbridge and Halesowen preceded his third and current spell with our hosts.

Left back Ethan Sephton was was picked up by Derby County from Solihull and had eight months with the Rams Under 23’s before coming to Alvechurch in October 2020.

Peter Taylor is a defensive midfielder, who started out at West Bromwich Albion. He was loaned to Stourbridge before coming on loan to Alvechurch in March 2020. But after four months back with the Baggies, he returned on a permanent basis.

Ex Aston Villa Junior right back Brad Burton has now become a regular first choice, after joining our hosts in October 2021.

Defender Jamie Willetts is a long serving player who made his name initially with Stourport Swifts. After a spell at Hereford he then tasted success with Alvechurch for three years, before moving to Stourbridge. He then returned to our visitors in March 2020 and currently captains the side too.

Jed Abbey can play midfield or right back and started his career with Wolves. He went to Telford after his release and came to Alvechurch pre-season. 

Midfielder Tom Edge was a pre-season signing too. He played junior football at Telford and Walsall before heading for the US, where he had four years at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.

Jack Concannon was another one of the pre-season signings. An ex Birmingham City Junior, he was loaned to Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth, before going to Tamworth on his release. 

Striker Leo Brown arrived in July too. He was picked up by Birmingham City from Crusaders FC, before returning to Northern Ireland with Ballymena and Ards after three years. He came back to England with Sutton Coldfield in September 2021.

Winger Stanley Asomugha is a winger who arrived from West Bromwich Albion’s Academy in February, but he is yet to make a start this season.

Tyrell Skeen-Hamilton is a young striker in his third spell at the club. After a spell at Birmingham City, he had two years with Bournemouth, which included loans at Salisbury and Gosport.

He came to Alvechurch in July 2020 after his Bournemouth release, moving to Telford after a year. He was then loaned back to Alvechurch, before making his stay permanent earlier this year.

Former West Bromwich Albion defender Ben Cassidy holds the record of being the youngest Alvechurch debutant, when he first appeared for the first team in 2018 aged 16.

Midfielder Aurio Neto-Texeira is a recent arrival from West Bromwich Albion

Striker Danny Waldron arrived from Leamington in July last year and he’s also played for Rushall Olympic. He was the two goal hero in the FA Cup victory over League One Cheltenham.

Ellis Jones is yet to make a start this season, but is a central midfielder.

Former Coventry Academy defender of midfielder Jamie Spiers is their newest signing. He moved to Stratford Town at 14 and was at Shrewsbury until the end of last season.

Defender Maxwell Ngbeken and midfielder Rory Regan are yet to start this season too, but defender Harry Williams and Jack Hallahan both hit the headlines after being hospitalised following a clash of heads in the opening game of the season. Fortunately both have made a full recovery.

Hallahan is a former Irish Under 19 midfielder, who was at West Bromwich Albion, Hednesford and Bromsgrove, also having had a spell in Cyprus too.

Finally defender Max Anglelides and midfielder Keegan Woolley have also been part of the squad.

Kick off is 7.45  and it’s only 56 miles away!

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