Charlton’s U23s remain in the hunt for a place in the Professional Development League 2 play-offs

Jason Euell’s youngsters took on a strong Bolton Wanderers side at the Valley coming away with a 3-0 victory which keeps them in the hunt for a play-off place.

The U23’s took a one-goal lead into the break thanks to Loui-Michel Yamfam’s strike and dominated proceedings in the second half with Joshua Umerah doubling the advantage before Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu wrapped up the scoring late on.

Northern league leaders Bolton had the best of the opening half hour and should have taken the lead a couple of times but for poor finishing from their strikers. Chances continued to rack up for Bolton, but it was the U23’s who took the lead just after the half-hour mark, albeit against the run of play when Yamfam scored.

The U23’s started to dominate in the second half and Umerah doubled the lead in the 58th minute with a deft volley.

The result was confirmed when Sarpong-Wiredu scored the third goal in the 89th minute.

All in all an impressive result and performance against the leaders of the Northern section. Two further wins should cement the U23s in the play-off’s.

Charlton U23s: Beeney, Dempsey, Cummings, Blumberg, Yao, Morgan, Carter (Sarpong-Wiredu 84), Lapslie, Doughty, Yamfam (Birch 90+2), Umerah.

Subs (not used): Maynard-Brewer, Trialist, Trialist.

Goals: Yamfam 33, Umerah 58, Sarpong-Wiredu 89

Photo by Tom West