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Charlton Athletic U23s vs QPR U23s at Sparrow Lane

Lewis Walker made his Rangers bow in the 2-2 draw

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    • Giles Phillips
    • Lewis Walker (2)


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LEWIS Walker scored twice for QPR Under-23s as they recorded a 3-0 win against Charlton Athletic on Monday afternoon.

The young forward, who joined Rangers earlier this month, scored towards the end of both halves as Giles Phillips joined him on the scoresheet to extend Rangers unbeaten run to six matches.

Charlie Owens went close to opening the scoring early on for QPR when his free-kick from 25-yards rippled the side netting with just two minutes on the clock.

Rangers threatened again on the 10-minute mark when winger Chay Tilt’s whipped cross was headed narrowly over the bar by Ody Alfa as Paul Hall’s team looked for an advantage at Sparrows Lane.

Charlton threatened at the other end however and QPR were left to count their blessings as Reeco Hackett-Fairchild blazed over after a direct through ball allowed him in on the R’s goal.

QPR did manage to get the ball in the back of the net just after the half an hour mark but Lewis Walker was adjudged to have been offside when Alfa’s cross dropped for him the Addicks box. However, the R’s didn’t have to wait long for a goal as Giles Phillips put QPR ahead five minutes before half-time.

Rangers were awarded a free-kick and when Owens delivery at the far post found some space centre-back Phillips slid in to give Rangers the lead.

The play was halted soon however following a sickening clash of heads involving Under-23s trialist Henry Wise who was replaced by Faysal Bettache just before half-time.

It resulted in over five minutes of injury time and QPR took full advantage as they added a second through striker Lewis Walker as he headed home Niko Hamalainen’s cross to put the R’s in control going into the break.

QPR found chances at a premium in the second half and it wasn’t until 20 minutes in that they registered an opportunity when on the break, Alfa’s shot was deflected wide of the Charlton goal.

Phillips failed to convert a carbon copy of his opener soon after as Owens was the architect once more but this time the American headed his free-kick over the crossbar.

Keeper Marcin Brzozowski was a relative bystander for the majority of the match but he was called into action in the 77th minute to make two important stops. Firstly he denied Ocran at the near post before seconds later pushing away Anderson’s long-range effort.

However, QPR put the result beyond doubt nine minutes from time when Walker grabbed his second of the afternoon after robbing his marker of possession and finishing into the far corner to complete the 3-0 win.

Rangers host Colchester United on Friday afternoon at Loftus Road. Kick-off 2:00 pm GMT.

QPR U23s: Brzozowski, Felix, Hamalainen, Owens, Phillips, Fox (Williams 57), Tilt, Wise (Bettache 45), Walker, Mesias (Bansal-McNulty 63), Alfa.

Subs not used: Dickenson.

Goals: Giles Phillips 40, Lewis Walker 45+5, 81.