Charlton’s U18s moved closer to securing their place in the end-of-season play-offs with yet another emphatic victory, this time a 4-0 win over Barnsley at Sparrows Lane on Saturday.
The victory was their ninth in a row, during which time they have plundered 36 goals and conceded just six with the young Addicks’ eyes firmly set on securing the Professional Development League Two – South title.
Mason Burstow opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when he latched onto Tyreece Campbell’s through ball to finish past the advancing keeper in the box and that lead was doubled just before the break thanks to Aaron Henry - the dead-ball specialist was at it again, firing a free-kick into the bottom left-hand corner from 25 yards.
The home side continued to dominate in the second half and Campbell got himself on the scoresheet 10 minutes after the restart when he got on the end of a deep cross from the right to finish from close range.
Burstow rounded up the scoring in the third minute of injury time with a fine effort. Taking down a ball over the top, he got himself into the box, took a touch to cut onto his right and curled an excellent shot into the far corner from an angle for 4-0.
The win means that the Addicks sit four points clear at the top of the table, with Ipswich Town sitting four points behind with a game in hand. Charlton have four games remaining.
Charlton U18s: Beadle, Asiimwe, Trialist, Elerewe, Bakrin, Henry, Chin, Adigun, Santos (Reilly 82), Burstow, Campbell (Dench 90+1).
Subs (not used): Mitchell, Leaburn, Ladapo.
Goals: Burstow 30, Henry 44, Campbell 55, Burstow 90+3