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27 March 2013

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Hatters lose out to Addicks in friendly

New signing Scott Griffiths played 90 minutes as a strong Town development side went down 2-0 against Championship Charlton Athletic on Wednesday afternoon.

There were also starts for Dean Brill, Wayne Thomas, JJ O'Donnell and Arnaud Mendy for the Hatters in the friendly game at the Addicks' training ground.

The hosts led at the break thanks to a Kevin Feely header, and secured victory with a late second-half penalty from Joe Pigott.

First team coach Alan Neilson told "It was a good work-out but a frustrating result. We more than matched Charlton for the first half but conceded a sloppy goal from a corner which was very disappointing.

"We played at the right tempo throughout and looked dangerous on a number of occasions going forward, but Charlton got stronger inside the final 15 minutes and scored a second from the penalty spot.

"Charlton are doing well in their reserve league and beat us 4-0 earlier in the season, but in truth 2-0 wasn't a fair reflection of the game. I thought we deserved to score at least one goal.

"On the whole I couldn't fault the players and, with a number of them playing 90 minutes, there were a lot of positives to take from the game."

Town: Brill; Taylor, Thomas, Lacey, Griffiths; O'Donnell (sub Watkins), Mendy, Robinson (sub C. Smith), Trialist (sub Trialist); Woolley, Walker.

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