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15-Jul 23:59, by Ketts

A departure, two wins,and Kark Robinson's thoughts on possible arrivals.

The annual game at Welling is when‎ Charlton fans begin to awaken from their summer hibernation, it is a sort of hor d'oeuvre  for the main course in three weeks time.

Fans get the chance to see any new arrivals in action for the first time, and can chew over the cud with fellow fans.

But this year it was slightly different. The Addicks had already played three games in Ireland before the game at Park View Road. And there was a game at Greenwich Borough to follow.

It turned out to be a good day results wise, two wins with an aggregate 7-0 scoreline.‎

Charlton were totally dominant against Welling, and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Jason Pearce, Patrick Bauer and Mikhail Kennedy.

The Addicks lost Tony Watt to a dead leg in the first-half, and replaced Jason Pearce at half-time.  Pearce landed awkwardly and was taken off as a precaution.

There was the expected plethora of changes after 69 minutes.‎

‎Charlton‎: Phillips; Solly (Yao 67), Bauer (Cummings 67), Pearce (Bowry 46),Jackson (Edwards 67); Pearce (Bowry 46); Stewart (Fernandes 67), Kashi (Kennedy 60), Aribo (Carter 67), Ahearne-Grant (Yamfam 67), Watt (Lapslie 29); Magennis (Maloney 67).

Sub (not used): Harvey.‎

Goals: Pearce 25, Bauer 41, Kennedy 87.‎

Welling‎: Lewington;Durojaiye, Jefford, Parkinson, Francis; Gayle, Dubois, Dymond, Bradbrook; Goldberg, Moli.‎

Subs: Dombaxe, Pavey, Brown, Coyle, Collier, Fiddes, Dembele, Patterson, Corne, Johnson, Babalola. ‎

Referee‎: Ian Fissenden‎ (Kent).

Att‎n: 1,37‎0.

Karl Robinson revealed in his post match press conference, that following Nicky Ajose's season long loan switch to home town club Bury, that another big earner would be leaving The Valley over the weekend.‎

It later transpired that the player was Jorge Teixeira, who has signed a three-year deal with St Truiden. These were Robinson's thoughts on the deal:‎

"‎Jorge is a true professional and came back for pre-season in fantastic shape. We’re sad to see him go but the deal on the table was best for us as a club and for Jorge. ‎

"I’d like to wish him all the best at Sint-Truiden."‎

Ajose does have a recall clause in his contract which could be activated in January.‎

The re‎duction in Charlton's wage bill should allow Robinson to make a foray into the transfer market.

The manager dropped a big hint that Jay Dasilva would be returning to the club, and said that he also wanted to bring in a right-back, a winger, a striker‎, and possibly a midfield player, depending on how Ahmed Kashi copes with playing regular football again. 

Strangely, he made no mention of a keeper, which suggests a deal is close to completion.‎

When asked about Cameron Stewart‎, Robinson said that he delivers quality balls into the box, but he is a long way short of match fitness due to not having played any football for so long.

There was drama at Greenwich Borough before the game even started. A lady in the crowd was struck by a ball during the pre-match warm up and had to receive attention from the club's medical staff.

Jake Forster-Caskey presented Mary with a shirt signed by all the players before kick-off.

Borough included former Valley players, Bradley Pritchard and Charlie MacDonald, in their starting line-up.  ‎
The game was won comfortably by Charlton, with Cristian Ceballos playing the starring role.

‎Reeco Hackett-Fairchild opened the scoring early on, before Ceballos‎ unleashed a thunderbolt from 22 yards to add the second.

Ceballos set Marshall up for the third, and Billy Clarke added the fourth after the break. He robbed the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.

Robinson again introduced a lot of the younger players for the last 21 minutes.
Charlton‎: Maynard-Brewer (Beeney 46); Dijksteel (Zemura 70), Konsa (Birch 70), Sarr (Blumberg 70),Barnes (Trialist 70); Marshall (Doughty 70),Crofts (Sarpong-Wiredu 70), Forster-Caskey (Charles-Cook 37 (Carter 81)), Clarke (Trialist 70)Ceballos (Trialist 70); Hackett-Fairchild (Willis 70). ‎
Goals: Hackett-Fairchild 11, Ceballos 15, Marshall 32, Clarke 53.‎

Greenwich Borough‎: Bridle-Card; Paul, Phillips, Hickey, Carlse; Pritchard, Sammoutis, Sweeney, Gregory; MacDonald, Hudson.

Subs‎: Callum Donaghey, Parr, Clark, Wright, Darko, Miller, Reardon, Demelo, Shobinbare.‎‎

‎Referee‎: Lee Dyson.‎

Robinson was in bouyant mood after a successful but draining day. Here are his thoughts:

"‎Today was a positive day for the football club and in the community. Everyone speaks about the community aspect of this football club and the connection it has with the people of Charlton and I think once again you’ve seen the players get up close to everyone today and you’ve seen them perform really well. 

"To come into these two games in one day, it’s not been done before, a few people questioned it but we’ve done it, we’ve made people happy and hopefully people will think ‘they look fit, they look hungry’. Other than that, that’s all we can really do in pre-season.
"Everyone has really put a shift in today. They are really buying in to a bit of discipline and a bit of work ethic and a philosophy. 

"The rawness of Charlton is important, the self-belief that you should have in yourself to play for us is important.

"That’s all we ask of our players. We want all the flair players we’ve got but the most important thing is that they work hard and commit themselves and hopefully people can see that we certainly look fit.

"I think you’re starting to see there’s a shift off the pitch and a shift in the style in the way we play on the pitch. About three weeks today it kicks off for real."‎

 Both his summer recruits from Bradford City, Mark Marshall and Billy Clarke were on the score sheet against Greenwich ‎Borough. Robinson shared his thoughts about the duo and added a word of caution about Ahmed Kashi:

"If it’s not a problem if they (Marshall and Clarke) don’t score (in pre-season) then it can’t be amazing when they do score, it is part and parcel of pre-season.‎

"We’ve just got to be careful with him (Kashi), as his legs still aren’t there, he probably still doesn’t have the power that he needs to push off but you’ve seen Jake and Crofty also perform very well. We’ve got young Joe Aribo in there."‎

The Manager concluded by paying tribute to his opponents and backroom staff: 

"I want to say a massive thankyou to Welling and Greenwich Borough and all the fans who turned up today. Also internally to all the medical staff, the sports science stuff, the people in the academy, Steve Avory, Jason Euell. 

"We’ve been training this morning, to turn it all around and play again. It’s been a real hectic day but hopefully people appreciated it that we’ve tried to fulfil a window of opportunity to see a lot of fans and put a performance on.


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