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Welling United 0-4 Charlton Athletic

Charlton began their pre-season campaign with a comfortable win over non-league Welling at Park View Road. After a quiet first half, notable for a number of horribly sliced shots from young Charlton winger Callum Harriott and an exciting display from Spanish midfielder Ruben Bover, The Addicks took the game to Welling in the second half, scoring all four goals and missing numerous chances to add to that scoreline. An own goal from Welling defender Joe Obersteller opened the scoring 4 minutes into the second half after excellent build up play from club captain Johnnie Jackson and player of the year Chris Solly. Five minutes later, an inswinging corner from Jackson was met by the head of young striker Michael Smith who powered home to double the lead. The Addicks’ faithful had to wait until the 78th minute for another goal, when the impressive Danny Haynes was played in by Dale Stephens and subsequently brought down to win a penalty. Jackson confidently stepped up and placed the ball into the corner of the goal to give Charlton a 3-0 lead. Haynes wrapped up the scoring from another corner in the 86th minute, a goal the pacey frontman deserved.

In my preview, I asked a number of questions that I hoped today’s game might answer. Here are those answers:

Will Leon Clarke play any part? 

As expected, he did not. Hopefully this is a huge indication he wont be seen in a Charlton shirt again and will be making his move to pastures new in the coming weeks.

Will there be any trialists?

Jacobo Sanz Ovejero was the single trialist in a Charlton shirt. The 29 year old Spanish keeper has played for Numancia, Valladoid, Getafe and spent last season at Asteras Tripoli in Greece. Although he had little to do, I expect he may be given a contract with John Sullivan likely to be loaned out in the foreseeable future.

How close is Nick Pope to the first team?

With no Hamer or Sullivan, Pope played the first half and dealt well with what he had to do. However, with Ovejero likely to come in and Hamer ahead of him, Pope will more than likely remain a third choice throughout the coming season

Wilson and Cook, any good?

Wilson didn’t feature, but Cook looked very lively. He looks very talented on the ball, beating his men on either flank again and again. He also put in a number of good quality balls and hit the bar from a cross-come-shot late on the second half. From first viewing, he looks like another Powell master stroke.

Which youngsters are on the outskirts of the first team?

Jordan Cousins started at right back and Harriot started on the left flank. They both played very well considering their age and inexperience but they both had a few obvious flaws. Cousins was out muscled often and gave the ball away too cheaply but looked good in the tackle and I can understand the optimism for him to reach his potential. Harriot was lively on the ball, out pacing his man on the wing, but his shooting was way off the boil, including one shot that looked destined to go in and ended up going out for a throw. Both good prospects, both need more time to develop.

Is the new shirt nice?

Yes, the home shirt is a beauty. However, the away kit looks like a referees uniform. Can’t win them all I suppose.

 

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Welling United v Charlton Athletic Pre-Season Friendly 14/07/2012 Preview

A home has only just been found for the seemingly never ending Charlton ‘Champions’ memorabilia, the ink is still setting in the football history books after Spain’s record achievement and the nights are still long (if not exactly summery). But yet the 2012/13 season begins in earnest tomorrow with the annual pre-season curtain raiser between Welling United and Charlton Athletic at Park View Road. Despite the excitement this game brings to Charlton fans, it is after all a pre-season friendly and nothing more, so it’s impossible to write a normal preview. Instead, I’m going to look at some questions that might (or most certainly will) be answered come the end of the game.

Will Leon Clarke play any part? 

Clarke, along with Mikel Alonso, was seen as one of the very few mistakes made by Chris Powell in the transfer market last season. It’s not come as a surprise that the overriding majority of Addicks’ fans want to see the back of the 27 year old striker. But with a bid turned down from Oldham in the week, is he still part of Powell’s plans? It may just be as simple as the bid didn’t meet Charlton’s valuation and his absence tomorrow would only strengthen that argument. However, if Clarke gets a run out ahead of the likes of Michael Smith, Paul Hayes and Jordan Cook, it might not be the last time he’s spotted in a Charlton shirt.

Will there be any trialists? 

A question that will be answered before the game kicks off at 3PM tomorrow, but right now, it’s anyone’s guess. The first few pre-season fixtures are often used to give a few previously unmentioned trialists a run around, and casting eyes on a potential signing is always enjoyable, so I’m logically thinking and hoping that one or two feature tomorrow.

How close is Nick Pope to the first team?

With the young keeper rumoured to be highly thought of inside the club and John Sullivan looking shakey in his few appearances as understudy to Ben Hamer last season, an appearance for Pope against a non-league team would be welcome from a personal point of view. Realistically, it’s unlikely he’ll play tomorrow with Hamer and Sullivan probably having something to say about it if he does, but it’ll be nice to see him get a few games under his belt throughout the duration of the pre-season schedule.

Wilson and Cook, any good?

Charlton, after weeks of patient and not so patient waiting from the fans, finally announced their first signings earlier on this week, bringing in Lawrie Wilson from Stevenage and Jordan Cook from Sunderland. Although one game against a non-league team wont give much away, first impressions count and a promising display from the pair will up the damaged optimism among the Valley faithful.

Which youngsters are on the outskirts of the first team?

Much like Nick Pope, a better indication will be seen throughout the entire pre-season programme, but those who are closer to playing a part this season may make the bench tomorrow. The likes of Diego Poyet, Jordan Cousins and Tobi Sho-Silva are seen as the future of the club and will certainly be seen a number of times over the next month.

Is the new shirt nice?

Simple one this, I’m getting my Charlton shirt tomorrow. Will it match the wonderful Macron kit from the past two seasons. Time will only tell.

 

Two Through The Valley Door

Charlton have today signed Stevenage’s Lawrie Wilson and former Sunderland youngster Jordan Cook. Wilson, 24, moves back to SE7 after being released as an academy prospect for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £400,000 on a three year deal after, beating Peterborough to his signature. Although spending most of his time on the right hand side of Stevenage’s midfield last season, Charlton boss Chris Powell has stated he sees Wilson’s role primarily as a challenge to Chris Solly at right back. Cook, 22, signs on a free after being released by Sunderland at the end of last season. After enjoying a successful loan spell at Carlisle last season, Cook has down enough to convince Powell to offer him a two year contract. The Charlton gaffer sees him as one of the future, but don’t be surprised if he plays an important part in the coming season, especially with the new 7 sub rule.

Overall, I’m delighted with these two signings. Wilson and Cook are both very talented young, hungry players and have received nothing but praise for their previous clubs. It has also quelled the rumours regarding Charlton’s board and fiances for at least a little while. Hopefully this is a sign that the problems are being worked on and will be resolved in the coming weeks, leading to more promising signings. Surely a must for the Championship.

Charlton have also rejected an offer from Oldham for (I use the term loosely) striker Leon Clarke. Clarke failed to impress after signing in January in a swap deal for Paul Benson and was soon loaned out to Crawley. I for one will only be able to understand this decision if Oldham’s offer was derisory. Personally, I can not wait to see the back of him.