Southend United vs Grimsby Town - 7:45pm kick-off
Southend United will be looking to build on last weekend’s win against Scunthorpe when they welcome The Iron’s near neighbours Grimsby Town to Roots Hall this evening.
It’ll be the first meeting in a decade and a half between the two clubs and it’s another hugely important clash for Mark Molesley’s team if they want to continue to close the gap to safety.
And with Blues fans in attendance for what will, unfortunately, be the final time in 2020, Molesley will be looking to send the 2,000 Southend fans home happy with another three points.
Saturday’s 1-0 win against Scunthorpe on Saturday was Blues’ first home win of the campaign and also their second clean sheet in a row following a 0-0 draw at Stevenage the weekend prior.
The win against the Iron ended Southend’s winless run of three games, with Blues currently 16th in the League Two form table thanks to two wins and a draw from their last five outings.
Grimsby ended a three-game losing run with a draw against Mansfield at the weekend, with an away win at Crawley towards the end of November their only victory in their last six.
Saturday 7th May 2005
Grimsby Town 1-1 Southend United
Reddy 57’; Eastwood 70’
Blues’ last meeting with Grimsby came 15 years ago when a 1-1 draw against The Mariners cost Southend automatic promotion from League Two in May 2005.
Michael Reddy scored a spectacular volley to put the hosts in front. Freddy Eastwood nodded in the leveller but Blues were unable to grab a winner as they went into the play-offs.
From The Boss
"It felt like real football on Saturday. I was the first to say it's soulless without fans and if anything this period has taught, football is a game for the fans and it's nothing without them.
"Delighted to have them and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.
"Grimsby have a vastly experienced manager, a manager who plays attractive football and whose teams are always full of energy and heart.
"This league is very difficult and most of the games they've played they have been very competitive in. They have threats and it's going to be another tough challenge but after Saturday I'm sure the players can't wait to get back out there."
Blues Team News
Midfielder Ashley Nathaniel-George and on-loan striker Kazaiah Sterling are both fit and in contention for tonight’s clash with Grimsby.
Nathaniel-George had trained for most of last week but wasn’t quite fit enough to make the bench on Saturday, while Sterling has also returned to training after a slight groin injury.
John White remains unavailable with a hamstring problem, with Molesley waiting to see how Simeon Akinola and Sam Hart shape up following their first minutes of the season on Saturday.
Versatile full-back Luke Hendrie is one to look out for this evening with the 26-year-old proving to be a key player for the Mariners this season.
Hendrie is happy playing on either the right or left of the backline and has shown a keen eye for goal with two goals in his last three outings against Colchester and Exeter.
The former Burnley defender was suspended for the weekend’s trip to Mansfield so he will be fresh and raring to go this evening.
Tonight will see Sam Allison in charge of Blues, being assisted by Aaron Farmer and Gregory Read, with Lloyd Wood standing in the technical area as the fourth official.
Allison’s last outing was 10 days ago when he oversaw a 2-0 away win for Lincoln at Rochdale in League One, his 14th game of the season, and so far Allison has shown 39 yellow cards and no reds.
This evening will be Allison’s first visit to Roots Hall and first Southend game, although he has already taken charge of Grimsby once already this campaign in a 0-0 draw at Stevenage.
Tonight’s allocation of 2,000 tickets have SOLD OUT.
Although 2,000 fans will be in attendance tonight, those who are unable to attend will still be able to catch all of the action at Roots Hall by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues.
Those season-ticket holders who cannot attend will already have access to their Match Pass as part of their iFollow account, while all other supporters can grab a pass for £10.
A Match Pass will allow you to watch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device and you can purchase your Match Pass for tonight by clicking here.
Important Matchday Code of Conduct and Guide
Please see below links to the Supporter ‘COVID’ Code of Conduct along with the Southend United Return of Fans Stadium Guide, which outlines the changes being made to ensure that supporters return in a safe manner.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you again this evening.
Timothee Dieng is the cover star for tonight's game and there's also a quirky competition with three copies of Football Manager 21 up for grabs! All you have to do is correctly 'Guess Who' the players that have been drawn by a fellow teammate. There's seven drawings, seven players to work out and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answers!
There's another 'Supporter Spotlight' with Paul Napper the subject as he shares his memories and stories of following the club down the years.
Pick up a Roots Review, which is available in the club shop, for £3.