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BIG PREVIEW: ALDERSHOT VS SOUTHEND

25 January 2022

Aldershot Town v Southend United…

Overview:

Southend United head to Aldershot Town this evening, as both sides set their sights on putting further distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

The two teams currently sit side-by-side in the National League table, the Shots just one league place and one point better off than Kevin Maher’s outfit.

And with morale high in Blues’ camp going into the fixture, the visitors will have every confidence that they can leapfrog their opposition, who are managed by former Southend boss Mark Molesley.

But Blues don’t have such a kind recent history against the Shots, having emerged victors just once in their last seven meetings.

Their most recent clash saw Southend hand Aldershot their first league victory of the season, back in September as then led by Danny Searle, the visiting Shots stormed Roots Hall with a 3-2 victory; Maher’s side will be eager to avoid a repeat of previous proceedings.

The Opposition:

Molesley’s appointment proved pivotal in the Shots’ survival hopes, and parallels can be drawn with the way he has set his side up to how he set up with Blues just last season.

Building from the back, Aldershot have stabilised their largest area of concern, defence.

And whilst they still struggle for goals, their endeavour has seen them pick up plenty of points in their last 15 outings to see them away from immediate danger of the drop zone.

But the Shots were dealt the difficult blow of a triple outgoing earlier in the month, goalkeeper Laurie Walker, midfielder Scott Wagstaff and influential striker Corie Andrews all left, the latter having netted nine goals in 20 matches.

So Molesley will have to plug the holes that their departing custodians left, and given the situation he inherited, survival would be a job well done for the ex-Blues boss.

Form:

Both sides have seen a similar upturn in fortunes in recent weeks, but while Maher’s side seem to be on the crest of a wave, the Shots have stuttered just a little.

Blues have won all of their last three league matches, while also losing just one of their last seven in the National League.

Scoring was the issue for Southend for much of the season, but now, you have to date back to mid-November for when they last failed to score in a league match.

And right in-form for Blues is attacker Matt Dennis, who has scored four goals in his last six outings.

Towards the end of 2021, the Shots enjoyed a great spell of form which saw them win six out of five matches.

But Molesley’s side have fallen off somewhat, having won just one of their last six matches in all competitions.

However, tonight’s hosts have recently faced tough opposition and drew Chesterfield out to a 0-0 stalemate last time out, so will prove sturdy opposition for Blues.

From The Boss:

"We’re delighted with the three wins but there’s a lot of work to do,” said Maher.

"It will be a tough game and we will need to be organised going there.

"They had a good result at the weekend too so it’s a tough game but it’s one we will be ready for.

"We’ve watched them play, I’ve been to one or two of their games as well and they’re organised.

"You can tell they’re very well coached, Mark (Molesley) has got them going well and he’s a really good guy.

"I’ve met him once or twice with the U23s [previously] and people here say the same about him, we will have to be on it to get a result and we can’t afford to drop off at all.

"We’re in decent form but nobody is getting carried away.

"We’ve got some decent results by doing the basics right and doing things to the highest standard with and without the ball.

"We’re in a better place now than when we came in back in October. There’s good healthy competition now and that’s good for everyone."

Blues’ Team News:

Jason Demetriou is back available for selection after seeing out his one match suspension last time out.

Will Atkinson signed a contract extension until the end of the current season and again will be available at Maher’s disposal.

Jack Bridge is stepping up his return from injury, he is not yet ready for first team action but could feature in Blues’ Premier League Cup match against Colchester United.

James Dunne, Abu Ogogo, Rhys Murphy and Simeon Akinola all remain out.

Ref Watch:

Aji Ajibola will be calling the shots at the EBB Stadium this evening.

Ajibola will be refereeing his first ever National League fixture, after previously being the man in the middle at lower levels.

Coincidentally, tonight’s referee was fourth official at Roots Hall in Blues’ reverse fixture against the Shots, when they fell to a 3-2 defeat.

Lee Hartley and Farai Hallam will assist Ajibola, while Howard Collins will be fourth official.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Bromley v Woking

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh

FC Halifax v Boreham Wood

Stockport County v Maidenhead United

Torquay United v Solihull Moors

Wealdstone v Notts County

Weymouth v Dagenham and Redbridge

Wrexham v Grimsby Town

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend the EBB Stadium 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.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: ALDERSHOT 1-1 SOUTHEND

16 Hours ago

Harry Cardwell’s late header earned Blues a deserved point against Aldershot as Blues drew 1-1 with the Shots at the EBB Stadium.

Cardwell popped up with three minutes remaining to nod in his first goal for Southend and cancel out Ryan Glover’s earlier header which had put Aldershot in front in the opening five minutes.

The draw extends Southend’s unbeaten league run to five games stretching back to the Boxing Day draw against Bromley.

A fourth successive league win for Kevin Maher’s side would have seen them leapfrog tonight’s opponents Aldershot in the National League, but the Shots, led by former Blues boss Mark Molesley, took an early lead in chilly Hampshire as Ryan Glover fired them in front.

Lovely skill from Mo Sylla down the left got him inside the Southend penalty area, but after his cross was thwarted, the ball came back out to Brad Webb who whipped in a perfect cross onto the head of Glover to nod beyond a motionless Steve Arnold in just the fifth minute.

Aldershot’s early goal gave them the impetus to push for a second as Jacob Berkley-Agyepong barged his way into the penalty area only for his effort to fly wide of the target under pressure from Blues defender Kacper Lopata.

Despite the early setback, Southend rallied and would dominate large portions of the possession in the first 45 minutes without ever really troubling Shots goalkeeper Mitch Walker.

Blues were getting plenty of joy down the flanks, but Molesley’s side were tough to break down, with an effort from Harrison Neal that went well off target and a tame header from Lopata from a Tom Clifford free-kick the best the visitors could muster before the interval.

It was more of the same in the second half as Southend controlled the possession and they went close to an equaliser when Neal’s cross almost deceived Walker and needed tipping over. From the resulting corner, Harry Cardwell teed up Lopata whose effort was well blocked.

Blues kept pushing forward and saw an effort from Sam Dalby fly over the crossbar and a Cardwell header easily gathered by Walker as the Shots were quite content to soak up the pressure and look to hit Southend on the counter-attack.

Aldershot did have a couple of chances come their way with Glover blazing over and Kodi Lyons-Foster seeing an effort inside the box blocked, but it was Southend who looked the most likely to score as time wore on with a couple of efforts from Neal being superbly blocked.

It was looking like all of Southend’s endeavour was going to be for nought but with three minutes remaining Blues struck a deserved equaliser as Cardwell headed in his first goal for Southend since signing from Chorley last week.

Substitute Nathan Ferguson had the time and space on the left-hand side to fire a cross into the penalty area which was met by the head of Cardwell who saw his flick header beat Walker and find the bottom corner, earning Blues a point their performance deserved.

Aldershot Town XI: Walker, Lyons-Foster, Berkeley-Agyepong (Edser 55’), Panayiotou (Fawole 82’), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Glover, Jordan, Sylla, Phillips, Harris, Webb (Whittingham 62’). Subs Not Used: Coulter, Ndjoli

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Dalby, Clifford, Atkinson (Rush 60’), Neal, Lopata, Davies (Demetriou 74’), Husin (Ferguson 82’), Cardwell. Subs Not Used: Andeng-Ndi, Kensdale

Referee: Aji Ajibola

Assistants: Shelby Elson & Farai Hallam

Fourth Official: Howard Collins

Scorers:

Aldershot Town: Ryan Glover 5’

Southend United: Harry Cardwell 87’

Yellow Cards:

Aldershot Town: Brad Webb 48’

Southend United: Harrison Neal 65’, Kacper Lopata 90+6’

Attendance: 2,141 (586 Away)

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Ticket News

AWAY TICKETS: ALDERSHOT TOWN

24 January 2022

Ticket information for Southend United’s away game against Aldershot Town at The EBB Stadium on Tuesday 25 January 2022 (7.45pm kick-off).

150 seated tickets are available in the South East Seating area and there are up to 750 tickets in the Covered Terrace.

Tickets will be sold from Aldershot's website.

Prices

Adult

£20

Concession (Disabled + Carer, Senior (over 65)

£16

Junior (17 & under)

£7

Family Ticket (2 Adults, up to 3 Juniors)

£45

Family Ticket (2 Concession, up to 3 Juniors)

£40

Supporters will receive 20 away travel points for attending this game. Please email tickets@southend-united.co.uk with proof of purchase for the points to be added to your account.

Tickets are not available to away supporters at the ground on the day of the game. Away supporters must pre buy from Aldershot’s website www.theshots.co.uk.

All away supporters will enter the ground via Redan Hill to the AWAY stands through turnstiles 11 & 12. This game is segregated.

Tickets will be available online right up until kick-off for away supporters. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone 01252 320211 before the day of the game.

Disabled /Carer tickets should be booked in advance via Aldershot's Ticket Office, carer tickets are not available online.

There will be catering units available and turnstiles will open at 6.30pm.

Should Blues supporters wish to book hospitality for this game they are welcome in the Aldershot hospitality lounges. For more details and prices please contact mark.butler@theshots.co.uk.

Coach Travel Information

For Aldershot travel information please click here.

For the Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions please click here.

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