Wednesday night sees two different Charlton sides spread across Kent to take on two non-league forces in the shape of Ebbsfleet United and Aldershot Town.
Ebbsfleet were formally known as Gravesend and Northfleet but re-named during the summer. Charlton are no strangers to Stonebridge Road as their reserve side plays their home games here and this tie commences due to the agreement the Championship side has with the Blue Square League outfit.
Alan Pardew to official Charlton website: ‘We do have a few knocks and injuries at the moment, which has depleted the number of players to choose from.’
Aldershot Town/Ebbsfleet United Team News:
Player to watch: Mark DeBolla
Ebbsfleet certainly have a few players Charlton fans may want to look out for including a certain Mark DeBolla and defender Mark Ricketts who both were on Charlton’s books as youth players.
Charlton Athletic XI’s Team News:
Charlton are to field two different sides at each tie.
The Ebbsfleet game will see a CAFC XI, a mixture of unfit and youth players.
Aldershot will get the chance to beat the big boys with Alan Pardew taking a strong side to The Recreation Ground as it is a testimonial for former Shot and Addick scout Paul Shrubb.
Player to watch: Josh Wright
A few of Charlton’s young stars will be looking to shine at Stonebridge Road, one lad who looks to have a bright future at the club is Josh Wright.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time Charlton met Aldershot was in the summer of 2005 when The Addicks were 8-0 victors. Francis Jeffers and Jonatan Johansson both bagged hat-tricks in this tie.
Charlton’s youngsters will struggle against a decent Ebbsfleet side. Charlton will taste victory though against The Shots.
Ebbsfleet United 3-1 CAFC XI
Aldershot Town 0-7 Charlton Athletic