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7 January 2022

Weymouth v Southend United…


Saturday’s crucial clash at the bottom of the National League table sees Southend United make the lengthy trip to Dorset, as they face Weymouth who, going into the tie, are one point and league position inferior. 

If either team picks up victory at the Bob Lucas Stadium, they will leave their opponents in their wake inside the relegation zone of the fifth tier.

And it’s important that Kevin Maher’s side start their 2022 well, for Saturday’s match is their first of the new year after having their squad dismantled by a Covid-19 outbreak.

With the vast majority of their squad back from isolation, Blues will be eyeing up all three points as they do battle with the Terras in their first ever league meeting.

The Opposition:

Just three years ago, Weymouth were competing in the Southern Premier South League, their remarkable rise saw them enjoy consecutive promotions from the seventh tier to the fifth, led by former Blues boss Mark Molesley.

But, as the Terras readied for their first campaign in the National League, current manager Brian Stock took to the dugout as Molesley was appointed at Roots Hall.

Despite there being no relegation from the league last season, Weymouth finished in a comfortable 18th place.

And survival will be the aim for Stock and his team this campaign, as this time around there are relegation repercussions and they’ll be keen to extend their stay in the division.

Blues could see some familiar faces line-up against them on Saturday, Tyler Cordner and Brandon Goodship both in the Terras’ ranks, the latter scoring in their last outing. 


Maher’s side have enjoyed their best run of the season so far in recent weeks.

Blues have been beaten just once in their last five outings in all competitions, earning two wins and two draws in that period.

Last time out, Southend displayed a fantastic performance against high-flyers Bromley and were unfortunate to come away with just a point; they’ll be looking to build upon their strong showing.

In opposition, the past couple of months has not been kind to Weymouth.

Stock’s side did manage to edge past Hungerford Town in the FA Trophy with a 1-0 victory, but they haven’t accumulated a single league point since October.

The Terras have conceded 17 goals in their last six National League outings. 

From The Boss:

"It’s been frustrating we haven’t been able to play,” said Maher.

"We’re looking forward to the next game now and we want to build on the Bromley performance.

"It’s another away game and we’re looking for a similar performance to Bromley if we can.

"It’s been two weeks and we’ve had players in and out because of Covid.

"We managed to have a practise match here on Tuesday so those who needed minutes got them which was important.

"It’s a big month for us with a lot of games coming up, Weymouth have some very good players.

"I know their manager and the way he likes to play, they’re a good footballing side so it’s going to be a tough game for us but it’s one ready for.

"We’re looking forward to it."

Blues’ Team News:

New signings Ollie Kensdale and Harrison Neal could make debuts at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

A late call will be made on the fitness of Kacper Łopata, the defender’s loan deal was extended in the week, and he has trained following a knee problem.

Nathan Ferguson may feature after completing his isolation period which kept him out the squad on Boxing Day.

Jack Bridge and Simeon Akinola will still be missing for Blues. 

Ref Watch:

Lee Collins will be the man calling the shots for Blues’ important clash against Weymouth.

He has yet to referee a Southend game, and has only officiated twice so far in the National League this season.

In that time, Collins has shown seven yellow cards and has yet to brandish a red.

He will be assisted by Sean Rothwell and Russell Jones, with Lewis Sandoe as fourth official.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Aldershot Town v Maidenhead United

Barnet v Altrincham

Bromley v Solihull Moors

Dover Athletic v Notts County

FC Halifax v Eastleigh

King’s Lynn Town v Woking

Torquay United v Dagenham and Redbridge

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend the Bob Lucas 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


8 January 2022

Matthew Dennis’ third goal in as many games secured Blues a vital 1-0 win against Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Dennis raced through after five minutes to slot in what turned out the be the winner after winning a high ball forward and calmly putting the ball beyond Ross Fitzsimons.

Weymouth posed little in way of a response, with Southend having several chances to increase the margin of victory in wet and windy conditions on the south coast, with the win putting Blues four points clear of the National League relegation places.

With just one point and one place separating the two sides going into kick-off, the stakes couldn’t have been much higher for Kevin Maher’s side who took to the field for the first time since the Boxing Day draw against Bromley just under a fortnight ago.

Southend named three changes from the Bromley draw with Harrison Neal making his debut following his loan move from Sheffield United. Fellow Blades-loanee Kacper Lopata came back into the backline with striker Rhys Murphy rounding off the changes as part of a front three with Sam Dalby and Matthew Dennis.

And it was Dennis who would get the visiting Blues off to the perfect start as he added to his goals against Bromley and Dorking by slotting in for the third straight game to give Southend the lead after just five minutes.

A free-kick for the home side was hacked upfield with Dennis beating the last defender to the bouncing ball, leaving him to race through on goal and roll the ball beyond Ross Fitzsimons to put Blues into an early lead.

Southend went close again a few minutes later when Nathan Ralph's whipped cross narrowly evaded the head of Dennis in the six-yard box, while Weymouth’s best opportunities looked to come from set-pieces, with Tyler Cordner seeing a free-kick comfortably saved by Steve Arnold.

With the wind and rain hammering the Bob Lucas Stadium, the Terras did carve out a great chance to level just before the interval as Brandon Goodship played Weymouth skipper Josh McQuiod in. The number 10 turned in the box and got his shot away only for Shaun Hobson to clear off the line.

A second for Blues would have given Weymouth a mountain to climb and Southend twice went close shortly after the restart with Murphy getting goal side and forcing a superb fingertip save from Fitzsimons before Dennis created space in the box to flash a shot across the face of goal.

Dennis then had a header go harmlessly over the crossbar before creating a chance for Dalby, sliding the striker through only for the Southend number 10 to cut onto his right foot and blaze his effort way off target.

Southend continued to push forward for a pivotal second of the afternoon and saw Fitzsimons come out on top again in his battle between him and Murphy, parrying clear a first-time effort from the Blues striker, while subs Matt Rush and Nathan Ferguson also went close to a clincher late on.

Weymouth, who hadn’t threatened at all for the entire second-half, had a chance to snatch a point in injury-time when Ferguson gave way a free-kick 25-yards out. Andy Robinson stood over the ball but fired off target as Southend picked up a deserved three points.

Weymouth XI: Fitzsimons, Morgan, Cordner, Goodship (Bearwish 59’), Mussa, McQuoid (C) (Ash 85’), Mnoga, Robinson, Blair, Murray, Harfield. Subs Not Used: Taylor-Crossdale, Solanke, Olomowewe

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Murphy (Ferguson 88’), Dalby, Clifford, Atkinson, Neal, Lopata, Demetriou (C), Dennis (Rush 71’). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Coulson, Kensdale

Referee: Lee Collins

Assistants: Sean Rothwell & Russell Jones

Fourth Official: Lewis Sandoe


Weymouth: None

Southend United: Matthew Dennis 5’

Yellow Cards:

Weymouth: None

Southend United: Harrison Neal 22’, Jason Demetriou 90’, Sam Dalby 90+4’

Attendance: 1,335

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Ticket News


5 January 2022

Ticket information for Southend United’s away game against Weymouth at Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday 8 January 2022 (3pm kick-off).

We have been allocated 200 seated tickets and a maximum of 700 terrace tickets.

Tickets are on sale from Weymouth's website here

Ticket Prices

Adults - £16

Concessions - £11

Carer - £0.50

16-19 - £7

U16s - £4

U7s - £0.50

Supporters will receive 40 away points for attending this fixture.

Weymouth have advised for supporters to purchase tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day.


Some red seats have been allocated to away fans. The red seats are on the left as you look at the main stand FROM the pitch, row A is closest to the pitch and column 1 is FURTHEST from the centre line.


The Terrace tickets are for The Windowman Stand


There is a bar and a burger van available for away supporters.

Coach Travel Information

For Weymouth travel information please click here.

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

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