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MATCH REPORT: Nicky Ajose puts on a show in Charlton Athletic’s pre-season win

Nicky Ajose has made Charlton Athletic fans very excited after he scored a hat trick in their 4-1 win over Welling United.

Mood at The Valley has lifted slightly after a miserable season where they were relegated from the Championship while the fans and ownership were at war with each other. However positive signings such as Ajose and Ricky Holmes as well as the appointment of Russell Slade has made many Charlton fans quite positive going into next season.

And those fans got even more reasons to be positive after they put in a very accomplished performance in their first pre-season game of the summer. For the Addicks opener it was two trialists who linked up with Lewis Buxton putting in a deep cross for Emmanuel Sonupe who peeled off his marker to head in low past in the keeper. Both will now have god reasons to go up to Slade after the match and ask for a full time contract.

That would be the only goal of the first half with Charlton electing to make ten changes for the second part of the game. And they were shown to be a bit rusty when Jorge Teixeira took down a Welling player in the box. Oliver Sprague then stepped up and was able to send Stephen Henderson the wrong way to level the game up.

However from there on in, it became the Nicky Ajose show as he showed why the South London club were so keen to sign him from Swindon Town this summer. And his first came from a well worked move which shows plenty of promise for the upcoming season. Jordan Cousins sent a very good pass down to Lee Novak who crossed it to the far end of the box to Cristian Ceballos who volleyed back into the six yard area for Ajose to head home.

The story of the game could have been very different however as Henderson had to be on his toes not so long after Ajose’s first when Bobby Devyne went one on one with him but the former West Ham man was able to rush out and stop him in his tracks.

For Ajose’s second, Cousins and Novak linked up well again to set the former Huddersfield man free in the box and he was simply able to play the ball across the six yard box for Ajose to tap in for one of the easiest goals of his life. He then claimed his match ball by tackling a defender that stayed on the ball a little too long and knocked it past the keeper.

Ajose will hope to continue his momentum in Charlton’s next friendly away at Bromley on the 12th July.

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