Charlton Athletic v Gillingham
Easter Monday … 3pm Kick-Off
Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon)
Happy Easter and welcome to what is the penultimate home game of the 2016/17 season… Twenty-One League matches have been held at the Valley this season and this time in two weeks it’ll be reason for all Addicks fans to celebrate as the Football League season will have come to a close…
Beforehand though we have three final games beginning with a home Kent derby against fellow strugglers Gillingham; results though are simple – A win for either team with other matches ending in our favour then both Charlton and Gillingham are pretty much safe (for both sides this could be a mathematic certainty).The OppositionName
: Gillingham | Manager
: Ade PennockGround
: The Priestfield Stadium
This time last season and Gillingham were praying for a Play-Off position in what was a strong season for the Kent side… Despite being amongst the leading pack for most of the season, the Gills could hold on and were forced to finish in ninth place and six points off the Play-Offs – This season though their fortunes haven’t been favourable and like the Addicks have sacked a Manager and have also struggled.
The men tasked with their survival though are none other than two locals who are well-known the Addicks from past Welling friendlies; Ade Pennock and Jamie Day (Assistant at Gillingham) are two of the Wings best ever Managers with the latter leading Welling to the Conference for the first time in thirteen years… With Justin Edinburgh sacked, there were many surprises when Pennock was appointed (his only Football League experience being with Stoke as their Academy and First-Team Coach) and having been given the challenge of taking the Gills to the Play-Offs it’ll unlikely if either man are kept on after their end of season Contracts end.Charlton Team News
Having tinkered with the squad nearly every week it was surprising to see no chances from Karl Robinson on Friday yet seeing that we struggled against a relegated Coventry City it’ll be surprising to see yet another unchanged Addicks squad – Who comes out and who remains we’ll have to wait and see yet with Robinson stating his desire to keep Declan Rudd beyond this season it would be a surprise to see the on-loan ‘keeper dropped from the team.
Solly | Bauer | Pearce | Dasilva
Botaka | Forster-Caskey | Konsa | Holmes
Substitutes Bench: Phillips | Teixeira | Chicksen | Crofts | Ulvestad | Byrne | Watt