Jemel's Charlton Double

DEFENDER Jemel Henry earns another start in Kevin Keen's Reserve team to face Charlton Athletic tonight, knowing that continued progress is the key to his development.

An athletic right-back, who is also comfortable in central defence, Jemel has been juggling his time between Tony Carr's Under-18 team and Kevin Keen's second-string.

And the 18-year-old is hoping for a double helping of Chartlon, with a Reserve match tonight followed by an Academy match against the Addicks on Saturday.

"I'm hoping to be involved in both games," he said. "At youth level the matches against Chartlon have always been tight. There is a local rivalry and we always want to do well against them.

"I'm sure it will be no different in the Reserves and it should be a tough game.

"At youth level it's important that we get a result against Charlton because we really want to keep the pressure on Southampton at the top of the League. We've won four in a row, we're on a good run and hopefully we can keep that going. We've still got Southampton to play at home and that will be a massive game."

For now though, Jemel will be concentrating on doing a good job for Kevin Keen's team at Dagenham & Redbridge this evening. And although the former England Under-16 captain has been pleased with his progress this season, there are sides of his game that he still wants to improve.

"I am pleased with the way things have gone so far this season," he admitted. "Of course, there are still aspects of my game that I want to improve on and I'll be working hard to do that.

"But I think that I'm getting there and hopefully I can keep improving as the season goes on."