Young Blues return to winning ways
Ross Crane and Colin Oppong both scored as Town U23s beat Charlton Athletic at Playford Road this afternoon.
Kieron Dyer's side hosted The Addicks in a Professional Development League Two clash, with the teams level on points heading into the match.
In what was a generally quiet first half, the game burst into life five minutes before half-time. A corner from Town's left side caused havoc in the Charlton penalty area, and, after the ball had bounced off multiple players, Crane nipped in for the home side and poked into the back of the net from close range.
Just two minutes later, though, the visitors were level. A trip inside the area allowed The Addicks to fire in from the penalty spot.
Oppong was introduced to the action just after half-time as he replaced Zak Brown up front for the young Blues.
The powerful frontman brought a new dynamic to the match and in the 67th minute he provided the match winner. Clever work from Kai Brown, who also came on as a substitute in the second half, presented Oppong with an opportunity and he made no mistake with a fierce low strike into the bottom corner from just outside the six yard box.
Armando Dobra worked tirelessly to create further opportunities for his teammates but much like the first half chances were again few and far between as the wind and rain swept around Playford Road.
The hosts looked comfortable for the duration of the second half but were up against it when Dylan Crowe was shown a straight red card 11 minutes from time. The full-back's attempted header back to his 'keeper was soft and fell into the path of his opponent. Just after the Charlton player had taken a touch, Dylan, who was the last man, dragged him down and was given his marching orders.
Charlton thought they had snatched a point in the dying stages but a strong right leg from shot-stopper Harry Wright saved the hosts as a left-footed volley looked destined to find the bottom corner.
Dyer's side leapfrog The Addicks into second place in the PDL2 South table with 29 points from 18 games.
Town U23s sponsored by CNet Training.