This game at Park View is an annual event with both teams eager to introduce new signings to their fans before the big kick-off on the 9th of August. Welling`s ground has a slight slope to it which does not favour the team who is kicking off in the first half playing towards the main road. It has a capacity of around 5,000 with 1,000 seated on a good day, but it rarely hits this amount. At this game however, with Charlton making up the majority of supporters, the gate did record around 2,430. The game kicked off at 3 pm.
The first half was littered with midfield inconsistency and defensive errors which made this affair close to the worst display of football I have seen for some time. The game never got off the ground. With inaccurate passing that led to the penalty after only five minutes into the game, when the referee judged that Rhoys Wiggins brought down Malachi Hudson, sums up our early play. The penalty was duly tucked away by Kieran St Amie.
At times our players were stretched and out-paced by Welling. Charlton seemed reluctant to use the wide man, who in this case was Wilson on the right flank, and our number eleven Browne on the left. This eventually exposed our frailty which allowed Joe Healy to take a pot -shot at our goal which fortunately hit the post from twenty two yards. Pigott scored three last year, but this time he was hardly in the game. As for Munns and Lennon - they need a lot of coaching.
Phillip was the busier of the keepers and was tested again with two corners in concession and made a good save and the danger was cleared. Wilson, this time gave away a cheap corner but Charlton cleared their lines. Welling was guilty of wasting good moves. Once or twice they made it look easy when they got behind our four, especially from set pieces. Quite honestly the first half was shambolic. To find good points worth writing about when the whole team was not really yielding together is tough. With Church guilty of not keeping his feet firmly on the turf when he was put through on one occasion, and one or two so called strikers missing easy shots, sums this up.
The second half Peeters changed the whole team with some positive front play which showed promise. The Addicks looked brighter and sharper with Loic Nego and Chris Solly linking up and looking dangerous on the right. Morgan Fox took over from the departed Wilson and made an immediate difference on the right wing giving Welling`s defence some cause for concern with his pace on the ball.
Jackson marshalling his men from his usual central role found Harriot in a good attacking position, but the forward was too slow to react and was taken out by the stronger defenders of Welling. Welling was the hungrier of the teams out there. Although we redeemed ourselves in the second period by some good movement on the ball and good running of it, we still lacked quality in the last third which again was something that Welling could demonstrate to us by adding a second goal on sixty five minutes.
Morgan Fox however, did have a late chance at getting a consolation goal at the death, but the full- back failed to hit the target. These players are not playing as a team, especially in the first period. Too many individuals doing their own thing. Until we come together as one and play together as one, I fear we are going to struggle this term. Peeters has a few friendlies to sort things and get the right balance to put out a winning team.
There is promise, but there still needs work to be done. He needs to comply.
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