Goals from Samson Tovide and Kaan Bennet helped the young U’s to a point away from home at Charlton on Monday afternoon.
The game started with Charlton being the stronger side as they went close to scoring twice in the first ten minutes with the Trialist parrying a shot into the path of an attacker who’s shot was expertly blocked by Lordon Akolbire who stretched across and cleared the ball off the line.
Half-time came and went with the deadlock unbroken but not before Frankie Edwards had a headed chance that was saved well by the Charlton goalkeeper.
In the second half the U’s started emphatically and five minutes after the restart it was 1-0. A long ball was played over the top for Tovide to chase, using his strength he made short work of the Charlton defender and got himself into a one-on-one situation with the ‘keeper. The forward made no mistakes with the finish putting it past the Charlton shot stopper.
Minutes later Bennett made it two. Kennedy Mupomba took a great shot that forced a save from the ‘keeper, Bennet saw his opportunity and was the fastest to react, following in he got to the ball first and had a simple tap in to double the U’s advantage.
The hosts halved the lead in fortuitous fashion, good build up play from the Addicks’ wingers allowed for a crossing opportunity that was dealt with by the U’s defenders, however the ball fell kindly for a Charlton attacker who turned and finished well past the Trialist.
Charlton seemed to have momentum and in the last fifteen minutes they threw everything at the U’s, more good play from the Addicks saw a chance present itself but expert defending from the U’s somehow kept a low driven cross away from goal.
Deep into stoppage time Charlton levelled the scores, a corner was played in and Kamara volleyed past Trialist which meant the U’s had to settle for a point.