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14 November 2016

Woolfenden and Benyu on target for Blues, but Charlton claim all three points at Playford Road

Goals from Luke Woolfenden and Kundai Benyu weren’t enough to prevent Town’s U23s from falling to defeat against Charlton at Playford Road.

The Blues’ line-up didn’t include any senior players, although Myles Kenlock and Paul Digby, who both have Championship appearances under their belt this season, both started.

After a slow start to the game, Gerard Nash’s first threatened with Ben Morris latching on to a long ball from Chris Smith, but his low effort was well turned behind by Dillon Phillips in the Addicks’ goal.

The resulting corner did result in the opener with Benyu’s delivery nodded home at the back post by Woolfenden, who claimed his first 23s goal of the campaign

It didn’t take long for the visitors to equalise with Josh Umerah firing through the hands of Harry Wright in the Town goal having found the space to shoot with a smart turn in the box.

The second Charlton goal came just before half-time with Mikhael Kennedy stabbing home from close range after picking up Reeco Hackett-Fairchild’s flick-on, although it did appear that Blues skipper, Smith had the final touch.

Benyu restored parity soon after the restart with a superb free-kick from 25 yards which whistled past Phillips, but again, Jason Euell’s Addicks hit back quickly; Hackett-Fairchild adding to his earlier assist by lashing past Wright from the edge of the area.

The defeat was all but confirmed with 20 minutes to play, and it was another cracking goal from the visitors as Umerah bagged his second of the afternoon with an unstoppable 30 yard effort that nestled in the top corner.

Town: Wright, Woolfenden, Kenlock, Smith, Fowler, Digby, Benyu, Downes (McKendry, 58), McDonnell, Morris, McLoughlin. Not used: Hayes, Cathline, Folami, Webber. 

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