Charlton Pope Blocking Fairhurst’s Holy Grail
Young Charlton Athletic keeper Nick Pope is putting in some storming performances on loan at Aldershot Town, but Waide Fairhurst is going to grab tomorrows opportunity with both hands, boots head and whatever it takes to bag the winner tomorrow. This will be a contest between two players who could well meet face to face in the Championship the next time they meet.
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Charlton see talented giant 6′ 4″ Pope, just 21, as one for the future with loans at Welling, rivals Cambridge Utd and Aldershot seen as a vital part of his development. He kept four clean sheets in 9 appearances for The Black & Ambers last March. He started with a clean sheet against Kidderminster on his Shots debut before conceding 3 against Grimsby and Luton but he is commanding in the air, a terrific shot stopper and determined to take his second opportunity in the game after Ipswich failed to make his home-town dream come true. Nick, a season-ticket holder from almost birth, spent 6 years at the club before being released at 16.
Fairhurst, was released by Doncaster after scoring for fun throughout his youth days at Rovers and also has a point to prove with Ben Tomlinson out. The last time he felt this good he shot the big reputations of Forest Green Rovers down with a brace back in August but fitness issues have limited his opportunities since then. However with the hit-man due to start tomorrow against Sincil Bank Nick Pope stands between Waide and another match-winning performance.
The players and the fans will really want to prove a point tomorrow against the side who relegated us back in 2011, but pride is not the only thing to play for with those top 8 bonuses also back up for grabs The Imps have been unlucky of late with the ball just not dropping to the right man – enter Fairhurst who rarely misses an opportunity when it comes his way. Waide in and show us your class lad!!!