Southend United vs Exeter City...
Blues are back in league action this weekend as they entertain last season’s League Two play-off finalists Exeter City at Roots Hall on Saturday.
The Grecians are always there or thereabouts when it comes to the chase for promotion so they will no doubt offer a stern test of Molesley’s Southend.
Following last weekend’s deserved draw against Crawley, which got Blues off the mark for the season, Southend will be hoping to build on that point by picking up a first win of the campaign.
Last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Crawley lifted Blues off the foot of the table and ended a run of three successive defeats in the league.
Since the opening day defeat to Harrogate, Molesley’s side has shown continued improvement game-on-game although it’s yet to garner them a win thus far.
Exeter travel across from the South West in good form having won their last two league matches, with a win away at Mansfield followed up by a home victory against Cambridge United.
Saturday 18th April 2015
Exeter City 0-1 Southend United
No Blues fan will forget this victory in a hurry as Michael Timlin’s injury-time strike secured Southend a precious three points at St. James Park in the side’s previous meeting.
With both sides chasing automatic promotion, it looked like the points would be shared until Timlin popped up in the second minute of added time to prod home the winner.
From The Boss
"They’re a very experienced team at this level and were in the play-offs last season.
"Matt Taylor has got them organised, very well-drilled and like I say, they’re experienced and always fighting for promotion so another tough challenge awaits us.
"They are an experienced team and they set the standard because they’ve been up the top end of this league in the last few years."
Blues Team News
Southend will be without right-back Elvis Bwomono as he’s currently away on international duty with Uganda at a training camp.
Harry Lennon fought through the pain barrier to play over an hour last weekend against Crawley and Molesley will make a late decision on whether to pick the centre-back this weekend.
Simeon Akinola and Alan McCormack are both out, while John White’s recovery is picking up pace with Molesley hopeful he’ll be able to resume full training in the coming weeks.
The one to watch this weekend is one of a raft of Exeter youth products that have been making a splash in the first team, and that’s midfielder Joel Randall.
Randall has featured in all of Exeter’s games so far this campaign and has scored twice in four league outings, notching against Salford City and last weekend against Cambridge United.
The 20-year-old is a skilful and tricky winger, and someone Molesley should be very familiar with after Randall spent a month on loan at the boss’ former club Weymouth at the end of 2019.
Kevin Johnson will take charge of proceedings this Saturday, being assisted by Gareth Viccars and Alasdair Ross, while Gregory Read fills in as the fourth official.
Johnson last officiated Southend in Blues’ first home game of last season which ended in a 3-1 defeat to Blackpool in August 2019.
So far this season, Johnson has refereed just the three matches, issuing nine yellows and no reds, and was last seen at Swindon’s 4-2 win at home against Burton Albion in League One.
With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tomorrow’s clash with Exeter by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.
The Match Pass allows you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device and Season Card holders have been sent their unique access codes.