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.