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Charlton Athletic Match Preview

10 August 2018

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the weekend's trip to The Valley

This weekend sees Shrewsbury Town travel to South London to take on Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic. During pre-season Charlton haven't made rafts of changes to the team that pushed us all the way in the play-offs last season. Notable additions are Darren Pratley, a 33 year old defender from Bolton and 28 year old forward Lyle Taylor from AFC Wimbledon.

Charlton's first game of the season was a tough test away to Sunderland and new signing Taylor took the lead in the tenth minute via a penalty. Sadly for Charlton fans they were pegged back by the League One new boys and heartbreakingly beaten in the 96th minute.

Top Scorer

Lyle Taylor 1


The problem with doing a preview at this point of the season is that there are no real statistics to use because there has only been one game so far. Even the stats from that one game are pretty typical with the possession figures around 60 to 40 in favour of the home team. Based on that one game at Sunderland, the Addicks shots on target rate was quite impressive with five out of nine shots finding their target. Statistics for the game were pretty close which show how hard Charlton pushed Sunderland.


Craig Hicks from Surrey has been in charge of one game so far, Between Southend and Doncaster. The game ended 2-3 to Doncaster and Mr Hicks used seven yellow cards and no red cards. Last season he mainly officiated in League 2 games and handed out six red and 124 yellow cards in 38 games.

Assistants - Andrew Williams and Paul Yates.
Fourth Official - Paul Kelly.

Team News

Town: After a week of frenetic transfer activity it seems like the entire squad has been changed since the end of the season. I'm an admirer of Stefan Payne and it's sad to see him go but we've replaced him with striker Lee Angol from Mansfield. Arriving from Rangers is Greg Docherty, a highly rated central midfielder who looks good on the ball if his YouTube footage is an indicator. Another midfield option arriving in the last few days is Ollie Norburn from Tranmere where he's been turning in great performances for ex-Town boss Micky Mellon. Earlier in the week John Askey bolstered his defensive options ahead of the inevitable departure of Toto Nsiala. He brought in 28 year old Luke Waterfall from Lincoln City, a player he has worked with during a brief spell with Macclesfield. All are available for selection this weekend.

Addicks: According to Villa Manager Steve Bruce, Charlton are set to sign Jed Steer on loan. Addicks captain Jason Pearce was injured in the game against Sunderland and will be missing for a few weeks with a medial ligament injury.


As ever, there are interesting elements to this game and the biggest for Charlton may be a little revenge for last seasons defeats. Another is that we have quite a changed squad with players still getting to know each other on the field and off. I can’t imagine that Lee Bowyer won’t try to take advantage of any indecisiveness that might cause. The loss of Charlton captain Jason Pearce is a big blow and again, John Askey will likely look to exploit that particular weakness.  Our biggest strength at the moment is that nobody apart from John Askey knows what to expect from the Shrewsbury Town line up on Saturday afternoon. There aren't any established dangers to guard against, defensively we're a relatively unknown prospect so Charlton may have to adapt as the game goes on and so might we. I've no idea what to expect and I quite like that feeling and I'm looking forward to watching this team grow and succeed in the next few weeks.



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Match Reports

REPORT: Charlton Athletic 2 Shrewsbury Town 1

11 August 2018

Town fall to a narrow defeat as Charlton Athletic score a late winner at The Valley.

Town: Joel Coleman, Ryan Haynes, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Greg Docherty, James Bolton, Alex Gilliead, Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Lenell John-Lewis, 52), Luke Waterfall, Josh Laurent (Fejiri Okenabirhie, 74), Ollie Norburn (Anthony Grant, 62).

Subs: Steve Arnold, Mat Sadler, Charlie Colkett, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Anthony Grant, Ryan Barnett, Lenell John-Lewis.

Charlton: Dillon Phillips, Lewis Page, Patrick Bauer, Mark Marshall (Albie Morgan, 45), Lyle Taylor (Recco Hackett-Fairchild, 90), Darren Pratley, Joe Aribo, Karlan Grant, Chris Solly, Naby Sarr, George Lapslie (Anfernee Dijksteel, 90).

Subs: Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Anfernee Dijksteel, Taylor Maloney, Nicky Ajose, Albie Morgan, Recco Hackett-Fairchild.

Referee: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Andrew Williams and Paul Yates

Fourth Official: Paul Kelly

Attendance: 9429 (435)

Shrewsbury Town’s first away game of the season ended with Askey’s men just falling short of the mark, losing out 2-1 to Charlton Athletic.

A second half equaliser from Lenell John-Lewis wasn’t enough to earn Town a deserved point, as The Addicks number 18, Karlan Grant, managed to score a winner in the last moments of the game.

Team News:

Askey named his side to face Charlton Athletic with three debutants getting the nod. Greg Docherty, Luke Waterfall and Ollie Norburn all get their first starts under the gaffer and will be looking to impress in Town’s first competitive away game.

First Half:

The first 10 minutes of the game passed without either team having a clear opportunity to be in on goal. Town were having some success on the wings through Shaun Whalley and Alex Gilliead, but both couldn’t find a blue and amber shirt in the box.

Both teams looked equally dangerous on the counter attack, but both teams were struggling to break down the opposition back line. Town’s movement and passing helped Askey’s men push up the pitch but The Addicks defensive resolve remained strong.

In the 28th minute, Town had a golden opportunity to take the lead. After sustained pressure, Town earned a corner. Whalley’s delivery was met by the towering Omar Beckles, but the defender couldn’t guide his header towards the net.

As the half entered the final 10 minutes, Town were the side looking more likely to score. After a good period of possession, Greg Docherty found himself on the edge of the box, the midfielder let off a shot from outside of the box, which just whispered past the post.

With just five minutes remaining, The Addicks nearly took the lead. A neat pass from Lyle Taylor played through Addicks number 18 Karlan Grant through on goal. A last ditch tackle from Ryan Haynes cleared the ball and denied Charlton a clear shot at Joel Coleman.

The half came to an end with the team’s level on the scoresheet. Good attacking play from both teams wasn’t enough to break down either side’s defensive line.

Second Half:

Town started the second half just as they finished the first. A free kick on the edge of the box allowed Whalley to deliver in another cross, the winger found Aaron Amadi-Hollway in the box, but the striker’s header was well saved by Dillon Phillips at his near post.

Cracks were beginning to show in the Charlton defence. Gilliead and Haynes combined well to earn the Shrews a corner. Another good delivery from Whalley found Beckles inside the box, but the defenders half volley went just wide of the mark.

Against the run of play, The Addicks managed to get themselves a goal in the 62nd minute. George Lapslie crossed in a great ball and Charlton’s number nine, Lyle Taylor, headed home past Coleman to give the home side the lead.

In the 74th minute, Lewis Page was given a yellow card for a strong challenge on James Bolton, as Town were looking to break on the counter attack.

Town were pilling the pressure on, in the search for an equaliser with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Good wing play throughout the tie was proving to be successful for Askey’s men. Once again, a good ball was delivered into the box but Charlton did well to clear the ball.

In the 83rd minute, all of Town’s hard work paid off. A perfect cross in from Fejiri Okenabirhie found its way to Town’s club captain, Lenell John-Lewis. The striker
leaped into the air and headed the ball home, in front of the travelling Salop fans, putting the score line level.

In the final moment of the game, Charlton managed to find a winner. Karlan Grant managed to get a nick on the end of a cross and the ball found its way past the Town keeper.

The game ended with all three points remaining in Charlton, as Lee Bowyers men found a late winner in the final moments of the game.

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Ticket News

Charlton Athletic Ticket Details

10 August 2018

Ticket details for our trip to The Valley

Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 11th August – 3pm Kick-Off
The Valley
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our away game with Charlton Athletic.

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

We have been allocated just over 1,000 tickets for the game and and Town fans will be housed in the Jimmy Seed Stand.

Adult: £21
Over 65: £17
Under 21: £17
Student: £12
Under 18: £10
Under 11: £5

Ambulant and Wheelchair

Ambulant Adult: £18*
Ambulant Over 65 or Under 21: £15*
Ambulant Student: £12*
Ambulant Under 18: £10*
Ambulant Under 11: £5*
*personal assistant free of charge

Adult: £18 (per pair)
Over 65 or Under 21: £15 (per pair)
Student: £12 (per pair)
Under 18: £10 (per pair)
Under 11: £5 (per pair)

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game but there will be a £3 increase per adult and concession ticket.

Tickets go off sale from the ticket office at the Montgomery Waters Meadow at 4pm on Friday 10th.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

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