Welling 0-4 Charlton
CHARLTON got their pre-season underway in winning style with a 4-0 victory over Welling at Park View Road.
The Wings probably just shaded an even first half but both teams made wholesale changes at the break and the hosts were undone within three minutes of the restart by Joe Obersteller’s own goal.
And further strikes followed from Michael Smith, Johnnie Jackson and Danny Haynes to wrap up what in the end was a very comfortable win for the Championship side.
Welling started brightly and had two early corners after Curtis Guthrie and Kiernan Hughes-Mason both saw shots deflected behind.
Yann Kermorgant was unfortunate not to make a decent connection with Bradley Pritchard’s dangerous looking 16th minute cross, while Callum Harriott drilled a shot well off target after Bradley Wright-Phillips was unable to meet the ball with a scissors kick.
Theo Fairweather-Johnson’s 20 yard shot sailed just wide before Pritchard saw an effort go behind.
Wings keeper Sam Mott did well to come out and deny Wright-Phillips before the loose ball was placed wide of the target by Pritchard.
Kermorgant required treatment after a late challenge by Fraser Franks but the Addicks striker was quickly back on his feet, much to the relief of the visiting supporters who made up the majority of the crowd.
Fairweather-Johnson shot straight at Nick Pope after good build up play from the Wings but Charlton went close to taking the lead a minute later as Kermorgant won the ball inside the area, played it to Pritchard who picked out Ruben Bover-Izquerdo but his 25 yard shot flew just over the bar.
Welling almost got their noses in front on the stroke of half-time after Pope failed to deal with Jamie Day’s free-kick into the box, which was instead put behind for a corner, from which an unmarked Hughes-Mason shot agonisingly wide.
Day made nine changes at the break and Chris Powell went two better by changing his entire starting XI.
Within three minutes Charlton broke the deadlock, although it was Welling’s Joe Obersteller who scored the goal as his clearance went past keeper Jamie Turner.
Dale Stephens saw a low drive go behind after being picked out by debutant Jordan Cook, who joined this week on a free transfer after being released by Sunderland over the summer.
The advantage was doubled in the 54th minute when Smith cleverly headed home from Stephens’ corner.
Welling had a penalty appeal ignored when Joe Obersteller’s shot appeared to strike the arm of Michael Morrison, but it was ball to hand rather than deliberate so the official’s decision was the correct one.
Scott Wagstaff placed a header over the bar before the Wings almost got themselves right back in contention when Ross Lafayette’s shot hit the post.
The Addicks were awarded a penalty as Haynes was sent to ground by Fraser Franks and Jackson made no mistake from the spot on 78 minutes.
Smith’s 81st minute shot was well saved by an alert Turner, but the keeper was back peddling when Cook’s cross hit the bar before the keeper quickly recovered to deny Haynes.
But it was Haynes who added goal number four in the 87th minute by using his head to convert Stephens’ corner.
Wagstaff could have increased the misery for Welling but his effort flew inches over the bar in what was to be the last chance of the game.
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Welling (first half):Mott, Jack Obersteller, Kinch, Franks, Acheampong, Kiernan Hughes-Mason, Day, Main, Gutherie, Fairweather-Johnson.
Welling (second half): Turner, Joe Obersteller, McLaren, McGuire, Franks (Walters-Wright 79), Acheampong, Baker, Clarke, Lafayette, Healy.
Charlton: Pope, Cousins, Evina, Bover-Izquerso, Cort, Taylor, Green, Pritchard, Harriott, Kermorgant, Wright-Phillips.
Charlton second half: Sanz-Ovejero, Solly, Wiggins, Mambo,, Morrison, Wagstaff, Jackson, Haynes, Smith, Cook, Stephens. Att: 1,827.