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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

18 July 2017 Venue ProKit UK Stadium Attendance 317

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Bishop's Stortford
0 - 4
Southend United
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Match Previews

Fitness is a work in progress says Kightly

18 July 2017

Winger previews Stortford clash...

Michael Kightly admits he’s slightly behind the rest in terms of fitness levels, but is hoping he can bank more minutes against Bishop’s Stortford tonight.

The winger pulled on a Southend shirt for the first time in 12 years on Saturday and was speaking at Fairfield BMW ahead of the game against the Evo-Stik Southern League side.

He expects to take another step in the right direction at the ProKit UK Stadium tonight towards being fit for the start of the season.

“Thanks to everyone at Fairfield BMW because I can get to the game tonight now,” Kightly joked.

“My first game back was a bit difficult against Braintree with 10-men, but it’s fitness in the bank and hopefully I can get some more minutes tonight and improve on my fitness so come first day of the season everyone will be raring to go.

“Unfortunately, my break was a little bit longer than everyone else’s because I was out of contract so I didn’t have anywhere to train.

“Obviously I did a bit of training on my own, a bit of gym work, running on the treadmill, but it’s not the same as training with the team and doing football specific movements. It’s good to be doing that again.

“I’m a little bit behind the boys but with hard work I can catch them up and get to full fitness as soon as possible.”

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Match Reports

Report: Bishop's Stortford 0-4 Southend United

18 July 2017

Blues continued their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win against Bishop’s Stortford at the ProKitUK Stadium.

Simon Cox opened the scoring for the visitors with a fantastic finish, after he was picked out by a first-time cross from Jermaine McGlashan on the right.

Jason Demetriou’s long ball forward ran perfectly for the speedy McGlashan, whose cross was volleyed home by Cox, going in off the underside of the crossbar.  

Blues extended their lead midway through the half as Michael Kightly finished off a flowing move to score his first goal back in a Southend shirt.

Some neat football from Blues resulted in Dru Yearwood playing the ball through to Kightly who held up his man before finding the bottom corner with his left foot.

Phil Brown’s side were unfortunate not to extend their lead further before the break thanks to a string of top-drawer saves from goalkeeper Harry Voss.

The Stortford ‘keeper done brilliantly to get down to a Yearwood strike that was tipped around the post, before stopping Cox’s goal-bound scissors-kick and Kightly’s diving-header in quick succession.

Early in the second half, Southend had a scare when George Casey’s free-kick from wide left was parried onto the face of the post by Ted Smith.

And Blues themselves struck the woodwork minutes later as Kightly teed up Stephen Hendrie, only for the full-back to strike the outside of the post.

Southend though did extend their lead with just over 20-minutes remaining as McGlashan and Cox combined again to extend Blues’ lead to three.  

McGlashan used his pace to ghost beyond the Stortford full-back, Williams Danquaa, crossing low for Cox to smash home from close range on the half-volley.

Phil Brown’s side then rounded off the scoring with a lovely individual goal from youngster Nico Cotton as he made it 4-0 to Southend in the final 10-minutes.

The winger found the ball at his feet on the edge of the area before arrowing his low strike beyond Voss, off the inside the of the post and in to finish off the scoring.  

Blues XI: Smith, Demetriou (White 57’), Ferdinand (Matsuzaka 61’), Turner (Kyprianou 78’), Hendrie, Kightly (McLaughlin 61’), Leonard (Timlin 61’), Yearwood (Klass 78’), McGlashan (Bridge 78’), Cox (Cotton 78’), Robinson (Fortune 76’). Subs Not Used: Oxley


Bishop’s Stortford: None

Southend United: Simon Cox 12’, 69’ Michael Kightly 23’, Nico Cotton 83’

Yellow Cards:

Bishop’s Stortford: Ricky Spriggs 7’

Southend United: None

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Ticket News

Bishop's Stortford Ticket Prices

17 July 2017

Southend United visit the ProKit UK Stadium on Tuesday night to face Bishop’s Stortford in their second open outing in pre-season.

Blues beat National League South side Braintree Town 2-1 on Saturday, but had to play half an hour with 10-men after Michael Timlin was sent off.

Evo-Stik Southern League side Bishop’s Stortford were also in action against a West Ham XI which ended 1-1.

Admission prices for the game are:

Adults - £8

Concessions - £5

Accompanied under 12s – Free

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