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8 March 2022

Southend United v Grimsby Town…


Southend United and Grimsby Town face off under the lights at Roots Hall this evening, both sides flying high in the National League form guide and bidding to extend their respective unbeaten runs.

After the Blues’ and the Mariners’ initial meeting fell foul to adverse weather conditions last month, both teams have continued their impressive runs of results up until the rearranged fixture.

Both outfits have found their feet in the National League after each suffering relegation from League Two last season, 11 points and four places separate the two sides with the Mariners eyeing up a spot in the top seven which they could achieve, dependant on other results, if they pick up victory at Roots Hall.

And Blues will be a much more threatening proposition than when the two sides last met, as a Southend side still adapting to Maher’s new regime fought valiantly but ultimately lost out at Blundell Park in November; the 1-0 defeat was the last league outing in which Blues haven’t found the back of the net.

The Opposition:

Paul Hurst’s side enjoyed an explosive start to the 21/22 campaign, initially rubbishing any concerns of a relegation hangover as they earned nine wins in their opening 12 matches in all competitions.

But, after their single goal triumph over Maher’s side four months ago, the Mariners hit a mid-season stumble with poor form seeing them tumble from the division’s summit, eventually falling to the brink of the play-offs.

But with shrewd acquisitions in important areas, including the signings of Jordan Maguire-Drew and Arjan Raikhy, Hurst’s side’s form has begun to see an upturn, with the top seven in their sights and 42 points to play for.

With ambitions of a return to the Football League, Grimsby are in capable hands with Hurst in charge, the 47-year-old achieved promotion from the National League with the Mariners as recently as 2016.

And the side from Cleethorpes are certainly on an upward trajectory under his guidance, with a high-tempo, quick-pressing style a key characteristic of his promotion-chasing outfit.


Maher’s men are offered the chance to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches in the league, they achieved a dozen without defeat after their impressive 2-2 draw away at Chesterfield on Saturday.

But Blues will be keen to return to winning ways after drawing each of their last three matches.

Tonight’s hosts have picked up 22 points from their last 30 on offer.

Meanwhile, the Mariners’ favourable run of recent fixtures has seen them accumulate 16 points from their last possible 18.

Hurst’s side have picked up more points than any other side in the division at home, but concerns remain regarding their away form, having picked up 17 points from 14 games on the road.

Grimsby themselves are undefeated in six matches, and haven’t suffered a loss since January, a 1-0 setback away at Wrexham.

From The Boss:

"They’ve done very well and Paul’s [Hurst] a manager I know well.

"Having him getting the group together earlier than us you can see how he’s organised them and got them going.

"They’re in a good run of form and we know it’s a tough one, but we’ll be ready and we’re on a positive run ourselves.

"The players will be full of confidence."

Blues’ Team News:

Tom Clifford is back in contention for Blues, he was forced to miss Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield but has since taken part in training.

A late call will be made on the fitness of Matt Dennis, Maher confirmed that the forward left the match on crutches as a precaution after rolling his ankle.

Harry Cardwell remains out, as a result of a hamstring issue.

Rhys Murphy, Simeon Akinola and Abu Ogogo are still out with long-term injury lay-offs.

Ref Watch:

Daniel Lamport will be the man in the middle as the Mariners come to town.

Lamport has yet to officiate a Blues match this season.

He has refereed 14 National League fixtures so far this campaign, issuing 31 yellow cards in that time, alongside one red.

Lamport will have Jack Bloxham and Ayrton Hussey in assistance, with Aaron Farmer as fourth official.


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

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

Tickets that were bought for the original fixture which was postponed are still valid for tonight's game.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Altrincham v Weymouth

King’s Lynn Town v Woking

Maidenhead United v Wealdstone

Solihull Moors v Notts County

Wrexham v Boreham Wood

Yeovil Town v Dagenham and Redbridge

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 and the West Stand entrance.

The programme hut is based at the bottom of the main car park off Victoria Avenue.

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.

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Match Reports


8 March 2022

Sam Dalby’s 10th goal of the season was enough to earn Southend United a 1-0 victory against Grimsby Town at Roots Hall.

After a goalless first half, Callum Powell was brought down in the box by Michee Efete just after the hour mark to win Blues a penalty which Dalby confidently stepped up to take, sending goalkeeper Max Crocombe the wrong way to extend Southend’s unbeaten run to 13 games.

Following on from Saturday’s draw against Chesterfield, Kevin Maher made two changes for the rearranged visit of Grimsby as Callum Powell came in for the injured Matt Dennis, while Jason Demetriou returned to captain the side in place of Leon Davies who dropped to the bench.

Blues were looking to make it 13 games unbeaten and equal their unbeaten run from the 15/16 season but the Mariners travelled in fine form themselves thanks to five wins from their last six and they were first to threaten when Harry Clifton fired one straight at Steve Arnold in a quiet first half.

The opening 45 minutes were short of clear chances for either side but it was Southend who had the best of what was created and midway through the first half Blues went close when Harrison Neal shot from distance, seeing his effort tipped over the bar by Max Crocombe.

Nathan Ralph had a half-chance from the resulting corner but headed wide. Moments later, Southend’s best chance of the half fell to Powell who almost capitalised on a mistake by Luke Waterfall to go through on goal only for his effort to be saved by the feet of Crocombe.

Grimsby began the second half brightly and threatened twice after the restart through their form-man John McAtee. The Mariners number 10 went close with a shot from the edge of the box that was dragged just wide before sending in a dipping effort that was claimed by Arnold.

On a few occasions, Southend had chances to slice their way through the middle of the Grimsby defences but at the vital moment the final ball or final touch would let them down as we reached the hour mark without either goal being breached.

But that all changed when Blues were awarded a penalty in the 61st minute as Powell was brought down in the box by Michee Efete, with referee Daniel Lamport immediately pointing to the penalty spot.

Having scored from the spot against Chesterfield on Saturday, Sam Dalby again took the responsibility from 12 yards, confidently sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to give Southend the lead.

On the balance of play, the lead was a deserved one for Maher’s side and they had chances to make the final few minutes more comfortable with Husin having a couple of chances on goal go begging before substitute Jack Bridge rattled the crossbar with a superb effort in stoppage time.

Four minutes of added time were shown as Grimsby won themselves a final opportunity to grab a point from a free-kick after Neal committed a foul. Callum Jones swung in a dangerous cross that was defended superbly by Blues with the final whistle going shortly after to extend Southend’s unbeaten run.

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Dalby, Powell (Bridge 74’), Atkinson, Neal, Lopata, Demetriou (C), Kensdale, Husin. Subs Not Used: Dunne, Clifford, Wood, Davies

Grimsby Town XI: Crocombe, Efete, Crookes, Pearson, Waterfall, Jones, Coke (C)(Dieseruvwe 78’), Abrahams, McAtee, Clifton, Sousa (Burgess 78’). Subs Not Used: Scannell, Maguire-Drew, Smith

Referee: Daniel Lamport

Assistants: Jack Bloxham & Ayrton Hursey

Fourth Official: Aaron Farmer


Southend United: Sam Dalby (p)62’

Grimsby Town: None

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Shaun Hobson 54’, Harrison Neal 90+3’

Grimsby Town: Michee Efete 61’, John McAtee 72'

Attendance: 7,205 (304 Away)

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Ticket News


16 February 2022

Southend United take on top half of the table side Grimsby Town in their next Vanarama National League fixture at Roots Hall on Friday 18th February (7.45pm KO).

Four wins in a row and only one defeat in 11 matches in all competitions has certainly lifted the spirits in the Blues camp.

A 3-2 win away from home against Woking last Saturday showed the determination and hunger that Blues Head Coach Kevin Maher has instilled into this Southend United side.

The Mariners come to Roots Hall with promotion from the division on their minds. Grimsby were the side that got relegated with Blues from the Football League last season, and the two sides have had differing seasons. A recent run of form has seen Southend climb up to 12th in the table, with Friday's opponents currently sitting 8th. 

Last time out against Grimsby we visited Blundell Park and an early goal from Ryan Taylor saw the home side come away with all three points in a 1-0 win. Since that fixture, the Mariners have gone onto gain 14 points, whereas the Blues have looked a different side from that November game, and have picked up an impressive 30 points.
The ticketing system is now back up and running with a sleek new website layout for an improved and easier customer experience, so tickets are now back on sale!
And like last time out at home against Bromley, we want to pack Roots Hall to give Maher's men all the support they can to get a fifth win in a row.
Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, ONLINE, by calling 0344 477 0077 or in-person from the ticket office.
Using the 'Print @ Home' function, which is now live, Blues fans can avoid queues at the collection points and print their ticket themselves. We encourage supporters to use this where possible.
Thank you for your fantastic support!

Ticket Collection


If you’re collecting tickets for the fixture, please see below locations depending on when you’re situated in the Stadium.

North East Ticket Collection point (located at the bottom of the main car park)

  • Tickets in the MidexPRO East Stand
  • Tickets in the Trade Price Cars South Stand

 West Stand Ticket Office

  • Tickets in the Paul Robinson West Stand

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