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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND UNITED VS BOREHAM WOOD

26 April 2022

Southend United v Boreham Wood…

Overview:

Southend United host Boreham Wood this evening as they look to propel themselves back into the top half of the National League.

The two sides were due to meet at Roots Hall in February, but the match fell victim to Wood’s impressive FA cup run; the rearranged fixture promises a much altered proposal with Blues no longer on their lengthy unbeaten run, and Luke Garrard’s side falling out of the automatic promotion fold and battling to get back into the play-off picture.

Both teams recovered from poor runs of form by recording victories last weekend, and now the two sides face with seemingly very little on the line, although the visitors will have hope of an outside chance to steal a play-off place if they can win their remaining games and teams above them slip-up.

Southend went head-to-head with Boreham Wood at Meadow Park back in October in the sides’ last meeting. An 83rd minute goal by Tyrone Marsh was all that separated the two that day in a tightly fought affair, which was severely hampered by the controversial red card dealt to Abu Ogogo.

The Opposition:

The Wood hit national headlines throughout the campaign as they shocked many with their excellent Emirates FA Cup run.

They reached the Fifth Round, where they eventually were beaten 2-0 by Everton at Goodison Park, but their mighty run included victories against Bournemouth and AFC Wimbledon.

Since their Fifth Round defeat, Garrard’s men have struggled to maintain the momentum they had in the league and went on to slump to a 10-match winless run.

So, while promotion now seems a pipe dream, Wood’s season has still been a massively successful one, and with Garrard in charge, they have a boss who can galvanise his squad and come back stronger next season.

Form:

Both sides picked up crucial victories on Saturday, Blues’ 1-0 triumph against FC Halifax Town ending a run of two consecutive home defeats.

Garrard’s men returned to winning ways after failing to pick up a victory in their last 10 outings as they beat Bromley 2-0.

Kevin Maher’s side head into tonight’s clash hunting their third straight win, impressively bouncing back from the previous sequence of five defeats on the bounce.

While the form guide doesn’t look pretty for the Wood, they have the joint-best defensive record of any side in the fifth tier – they’ve conceded 31 times this season, the same number as Halifax.

Blues have picked up six points from their last 15 on offer, while Boreham Wood have accumulated four.

From The Boss:

"For them to be where they are is testament to the manager and the work that’s gone on there,” said Maher.

"They had a difficult period but that happens to everyone, and they will be looking to finish the season strongly.

"They’ve had a lot of games and a great FA Cup run so this will be a tough, tough test.

"They’ll ask questions of us, and we will have to stand up to that.

"But hopefully we can pose one or two problems ourselves and it should be a decent game.”

Blues’ Team News:

Kevin Maher is keeping a close eye on Kenny Clark, Jack Bridge and Noor Husin after the trio were all forced off injured in Blues’ last outing.

The Blues boss admitted Clark is “sorer than when he had to come off,” and said he will give Bridge and Husin “the best chance we can” to feature.

Tom Clifford, though, will remain out with a hip injury having not returned to training.

John White is back with the squad after loan club Wimborne Town finished their season, but he is suspended for the clash with Boreham Wood.

Nathan Ralph, Rhys Murphy, Simeon Akinola and Abu Ogogo are all unavailable.

Ref Watch:

Scott Tallis will take charge of proceedings when Maher’s men meet ninth-placed Wood.

Tallis’ last trip to Roots Hall came when Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Maidenhead United in December, he distributed two yellow cards on the night.

Over the course of the season, he has officiated 16 National Leage matches, showing 48 yellow cards in that time and two reds.

Tickets:

Tickets are on sale for the game from the Blues Box Office online, on the phone (0344 477 0077) or in person.

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and £10 for juniors (9-16) and £5 for a child (8 and under).

Elsewhere in the National League:

Bromley v Aldershot Town
Dover Athletic v Notts County
Weymouth v Wrexham

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend Roots Hall will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

Matchday programme:

The matchday programme ‘Roots Review’ will be available to buy from programme sellers outside the stadium at the programme hut, main gate off Victoria Avenue and the West Stand entrance.

A digital matchday programme can be bought via MatchDay Digital.

Apple users can download the app here, while Android users can download a copy via the Google Play store here.

Don’t miss out on picking up a copy of our junior pull-out, which is available at no extra charge.

It features lots of fun quizzes and is ideal for all young supporters.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: BLUES 1-0 BOREHAM WOOD

26 April 2022

Southend United made it three wins in a row on Tuesday night as Jack Bridge’s 77th minute header proved to be the vital difference between Kevin Maher's side and Boreham Wood at Roots Hall.

Buoyed by victories against Barnet and Halifax, the Shrimpers came out fighting and had numerous chances to win the game in the first half, but after some astute defending from the visitors, the two sides remained level at half time.

It didn’t seem to be Blues’ night as they again continued to trouble Wood’s defence before finally managing to break the deadlock in the 77th minute, with Jack Bridge getting on the end of a brilliant Jason Demetriou cross on the counter attack. The win meant Blues secured their first victory against Boreham Wood since 1973, a 3-0 victory in the FA Cup.

There was little between the two sides in the opening stages of the game, with Harry Cardwell having the first opportunity to open the scoring, but his header from a Jason Demetriou cross was easily held by Nathan Ashmore in the eighth minute. The former Scottish u-20 International again had a chance to put Blues in front but his free kick from the edge of the area again drew a save from Ashmore, who gathered at the second attempt.

Blues, who were forced into two changes from Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Halifax Town, again came closest to opening the scoring in the 24th minute when defender Shaun Hobson was found in space from Cardwell’s knock down, but the 24-year-old saw his volley drift agonisingly wide of the post.

The visitors came to Roots Hall looking to build on from their 2-0 derby win against Bromley on Saturday, and almost did just that in the 35th minute when Dennon Lewis was found in acres of space on the edge of Blues’ box, but his tame effort was well-held by Steve Arnold in goal.

Blues were in search of their third win on the spin and were undeterred in their efforts as they again came forward in the 36th minute, this time Leon Davies’ in-swinning cross found Jason Demetriou who sent his diving header into the side netting. Blues again charged forward from the restart though as Cardwell twisted and turned into space before seeing his drilled effort travel just wide of the post.

Southend started the second half brightly and charged forward immediately when midfielder Bridge drew a foul from Gus Mafuta, who saw him pick up the first yellow of the evening from referee Scott Tallis.

Boreham Wood would not be a side to roll over, as despite their poor form Luke Garrard’s men still remain optimistic of securing their place in the play-offs for the third time since 2018. Top goalscorer Scott Boden sent his striking partner Tyrone Marsh through on goal in the 49th minute but the forward struggled to keep his effort under the bar.

Blues forward Cardwell would’ve been disappointed not to have scored in the first half and the forward again saw himself involved in the action when he was shown a yellow card in the 54th minute for a foul which left Will Evans needing a moment to recover. The Blues attacker was joined in the referee’s book just minutes later by James Dunne when the midfielder was also shown a yellow card for a foul.

Boreham Wood were looking to secure the league double against Blues, having won the reverse leg 1-0 in October at Meadow Park, and looked to ignite some life into the game when they made the first substitution of the evening in the 62nd minute when Danilo Orsi-Dadomo replaced Adrian Clifton.

The substitution did little to help The Wood, however, and the visitors almost found themselves a goal down in the 67th minute when loanee Harrison Neal’s drilled shot was deflected by Jamal Fyfield into the path of Bridge who couldn’t take advantage of a wrong-footed Ashmore as he also saw his effort blocked by Fyfield.

Boreham Wood defender David Stephens had a fantastic chance to put his side ahead in the 76th minute but failed to make a connection with the ball. The defender was punished for not taking his chance when, from the resulting counter attack, Blues were put 1-0 up from a diving header from Bridge after a perfect cross from full-back Jason Demetriou.

Frustrations seemed to get the better of Boreham Wood and on the 81st minute substitute Orsi-Dadomo saw himself booked for a foul before Blues again charged forward through Harry Cardwell. It didn’t seem to be the striker’s night though as he was again denied, this time by the post.

Goalscorer Bridge then left the pitch in the 88th minute to a standing ovation from the 4,652 Blues fans in attendance before Fyfield earned himself a yellow card on what proved to be a frustrating evening for Boreham Wood, as the referee put an end to the visiting side’s miseries by blowing for full time.

Southend United will be looking to make it four straight victories on Saturday 30th April when they make the long trip to North Wales against a Wrexham side vying for automatic promotion. Kick-off at the Racecourse is 3:00pm.

Blues XI: Arnold, Davies, Hobson, Kensdale, Gubbins, Demetriou (C), Neal, Dunne, Bridge (Gard 88’), Dalby, Cardwell. Not Used: Andeng Ndi, Powell, Wood, Dennis

Boreham Wood XI: Ashmore, Ricketts (C), Evans, Stephens, Mafuta, Boden, Marsh, Fyfield, Clifton (Orsi-Dadomo 61’), Lewis, Mendy. Not Used: Ashby-Hammond, Comley, Smith.

Referee: Scott Tallis

Assistants: David Harrison & Shaun Barry

Fourth Official: Nathan Oakes

Scorers:

Southend United: Jack Bridge 77’

Boreham Wood: None

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Harry Cardwell 54’, James Dunne 57’

Boreham Wood: Gus Mafuta 47’, Danilo Orsi-Dadomo 81’, Jamal Fyfield 90’

Attendance: 4,726 (74)

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