Charlton soared to a 4-0 victory against Kettering at Rockingham Road yesterday, reports Paul May. A dull first half came to life on the half hour thanks to an error by Poppies skipper Ian Roper. The well-built but possibly intellectually challenged centre back stood on the ball just outside the box. Akpo Sodje nicked it away from him and then teed up Spanish trialist Guillem Bauza for an easy finish.
From that point on the Poppies barely saw the ball with the Addicks totally dominating the game. Sodje had a fierce drive beaten away by Nathan Abbey and the Kettering keeper also had to block efforts from Scott Wagstaff and Christian Dailly who was getting forward.
In the second half Sodje headed home a neat cross from Wagstaff. Had Bauza's finishing matched his ability to find space, the Addicks could have racked up a cricket score. But his wayward efforts would have found Row Z if there was one, instead landing in treetops, gardens and various parts of suburban Kettrin'.
The final two Addicks goals came from a deflected free kick from Miguel Llera and a tap in for Tamer Tuma.
It is said that the inhabitants of Kettrin' once considered a space mission to Uranus in the hope of finding intelligent life there as there is none in the Northamptonshire town. However, Charlton certainly displayed some footballing intelligence yesterday, albeit it against Conference opposition, but it bodes well for the season.