We’re Home Again

by Peter Scherer

After two successive away games it’s back to the Don Amott Arena for Tuesday nights visit of Redditch Utd.

Sports depth in the squad has paid dividends of late, with niggling injuries sidelining a few players of late, giving most of the squad match time.

Our visitors are currently challenging in the play-off places, with a successful run of victories following a defeat at Coalville.

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 last December from Worcester City. He is a former Leicester City Junior, who has also played for Bedworth Utd and Tividale.

Right back Brad Burton is a more recent arrival, having come 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.

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 visitors since December 2021.

Former Wolves Junior midfielder Jez Abbey was another summer arrival from Telford, having also been loaned out to Barwell, Rushall and Shifnal.

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.

Fellow 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 month.

Striker Prince Henry is another new arrival, coming from Bromsgrove last month. He has spent most of his career at Bristol City, but had been loaned out to Hungerford, Yate Town, Tiverton and Bromsgrove, before making his last move permanent at the start of this season.

Jenson Cooper is another striker and another pre-season signing. An ex Shrewsbury Junior, he played for Stamford too, before spending last season at Rushden & Diamonds.

Danny King is yet another striker who spent some time at our visitors last season, on loan from Gloucester City, before making his move permanent.

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

Winger Jerell Sellars had made 39 League Two appearances in his career, since starting out as Lincon City and Aston Villa Junior. He was loaned to Wycombe Wanderers, before a move to Cheltenham. He then had a year in Sweden with Ostersund, before joining Redditch on his UK return last November.

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.

Finn Howell is a young defender on loan from Solihull Moors, while reserve keeper Josh Meynell is a product of our visitors own youth scheme, along with Indy Tulwar and Djibril Wallace.

Kick off as usual is 7.45pm, BE THERE!

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