Academy Notes: James Beadle

Charlton Athletic U18s goalkeeper James Beadle spoke to Valley Gold after Saturday’s 5-2 win over Colchester United at Sparrows Lane.

The 16-year-old shot-stopper told Valley Gold:

“It was a great win against Colchester who were a decent side. We started really brightly controlling the game and found ourselves 2-0 up through Euan Williams and Tyreece Campbell. However, after us overplaying at the back we gave away a penalty which they converted, and shortly after they netted again from a free-kick bringing the game back level, going in at half-time at 2-2.

“It was quite an even game despite our early dominance but we knew we were the better side and we just had to show it in the second half, and that is certainly what we did with an early goal from Mason Burstow putting us back in front. It killed Colchester’s confidence and despite there being a long way to go we knew we had a firm grip on the game.

“We then won a penalty which was well kept out by their goalkeeper, but seconds after the save he brought down Euan Williams who dusted himself off and converted to make it 4-2. Euan then went on to complete his hat trick with a tidy run and great finish truly killing the game off.

“The win sees us enter 3rd place and helps us massively in reaching our target of winning the league which is a huge possibility with the quality within our team.”

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