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12 November 2021

Southend United v Woking…


A week on from Southend United’s FA Cup First Round exit, Blues look to return to winning ways as Woking head to Roots Hall.

Despite falling short away at Chesterfield, Kevin Maher’s side will continue to draw the positives from the improved performances.

But this weekend’s visitors will be a stern test for the invigorated Blues as they currently sit 12th, having enjoyed a solid start to the 21/22 season.

And perhaps an added incentive for Blues will be that, with victory against the Cards, they could achieve back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

It’ll be the first time the two sides have met since their FA Cup clash in 1997, Blues emerged 2-0 winners on the day, Maher’s men will be keen to make it two from two against the Surrey side.

The Opposition:

Formed in 1887, Woking have a rich history in various tiers of the non-league system.

But perhaps their most historic and well documented success was their terrific FA Cup run in the 1990/91 campaign, they made it all the way to the fourth round, beating West Bromwich Albion 4-2 in the process and eventually crashed out at Goodison Park, Everton 1-0 victors.

In their more recent history, the Cards’ promotion back to the fifth tier in the 18/19 campaign was a notable achievement, current manager Alan Dowson leading the promotion campaign in his first season in charge of the club.

And now his side are looking at establishing themselves as a solid outfit in the National League, highlighted by their current league position.

The Cards have impressively beaten high-flying Chesterfield, Notts County and Dagenham & Redbridge so far this season.


Whilst Woking’s league position trumps that of the Blues, the Cards’ form guide isn’t so flattering.

After a relatively fast start to the campaign, Dowson’s side have been defeated in five of their last six outings in all competitions.

They are yet to draw a match this season.

Whilst Blues have also struggled, their recent form and performances offer some hope of an escape from the bottom of the fifth-tier standings.

Southend have won three of their last seven matches, and three of their last four at Roots Hall.

From The Boss:

“Off the back of a good result at home to Dover in our last league game, we’d like to build on that," said Maher.

“We’ve got a very tough game on Saturday, we know that. It’s one that if we’re not on it then they can cause us problems.

“It was disappointing to lose last week but there was a decent level of performance.

“If we can look after the ball at the right times as well as have the same attitude and application as we did against Dover, similar would be great again.

“We’re at home with our fans. 5,000 were there against Dover so I’m sure we’ll have a good following again and we want to give them something to cheer.”

Blues’ Team News:

Zak Brunt will be available for selection against the Cards, his late red card was rescinded after an appeal.

His fellow Sheffield United loanee Kacper Łopata will fly back from international duty to be involved in Saturday’s action, but the defender will be assessed on his return.

Abu Ogogo’s two-match suspension concluded as the midfielder sat out of last weekend’s cup defeat; he is also available for Maher’s selection.

Also back into the fray are Harry Phillips and Jason Demetriou, they both trained this week.

Maher is hopeful that Rhys Murphy can feature after limping off the field of play on Saturday.

Nathan Ralph has returned to training, but “Saturday might be too soon” for the full back.

Josh Coulson, Tom Clifford and Simeon Akinola are all out long-term for the Blues.

Ref Watch:

Ryan Atkin will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s clash.

Atkin has so far taken charge of two National League fixtures this season, brandishing seven yellow cards and two reds in that time.

The referee’s last visit to Roots Hall came when Gary Waddock’s Southend side drew 3-3 against Fleetwood Town.

Atkin will be assisted by Hugh Gilroy and Gary Jerden; Kirsty Dowle will be fourth official.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Aldershot Town v Grimsby Town

Altrincham v Boreham Wood

Chesterfield v Weymouth

King’s Lynn Town v Wrexham

Maidenhead United v Dagenham and Redbridge

Notts County v Solihull Moors

Torquay United v Dover Athletic

Wealdstone v Barnet

Yeovil Town v Eastleigh

Stockport County v Bromley

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 outside the stadium from the programme hut and the West Stand Ticket Office.

The programme features an interview with striker Rhys Murphy, in-depth opposition insight, a 'chance meetings' feature and usual updates from the Academy and Shrimpers Trust.

The programme hut is based at the bottom of the main car park off Victoria Avenue, which along with a dedicated programme only window at the west stand ticket office, will be the two main points for supporters to buy a programme.

Reduced quantities will be available from some bars and kiosks also.

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


13 November 2021

Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Woking this afternoon with goals from Tahvon Campbell and a late penalty from Max Kretzschmar the difference at Roots Hall.

After a quiet opening 22 minutes, the visitors took the lead with their top-scorer Campbell firing in his 11th goal from 15 league appearance with a low strike across the face of Steve Arnold which found the bottom corner.

Try as they might, Blues weren’t able to find an equaliser despite a flurry of chances falling to Sam Dalby, Rhys Murphy and Zak Brunt, with Woking sealing the victory late on with a penalty, awarded for handball and dispatched by Kretzschmar.

Following last weekend’s defeat to Chesterfield in the Emirates FA Cup, Kevin Maher made two changes to the side for the visit of Woking as Jason Demetriou returned to right-back, replacing Rob Howard, while Harry Phillips came into the centre of midfield in place of Nathan Ferguson.

Woking, on their first-ever visit to Roots Hall, had the better of the opening exchanges and had a number of corners come to nothing, but after a quiet opening 20 minutes, the Cards took the lead with their top-scorer Tahvon Campbell firing the visitors in front.

After being picked out by a cross from the left from Solomon Nwabuokei, the Woking number 19 shifted the ball onto his weaker left foot and drilled a low shot beyond Steve Arnold and into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his 11th goal already this season.

Alan Dowson’s side continued to keep the pressure on, winning a lot of second balls as Southend struggled to create any clear openings in front of goal. And it could have got worse for Maher’s side had Tyreke Johnson’s effort not come off the top of the crossbar five minutes before the interval.

The Blues boss brought on Nathan Ralph for Jack Bridge at the break and Southend immediately went on the hunt for an equaliser, going close inside the opening minute of the second-half as Sam Dalby had a great chance blocked from close range inside the box.

Blues were looking livelier in the second 45 and went close again when Rhys Murphy was found in acres of space at the far post, but from an acute angle, the striker was unable to find the target, firing over the crossbar.

Woking though continued to carry a threat going forward and were only inches away from a second of the afternoon when Campbell fizzed a low shot across the face of Arnold’s goal, just missing the post.

Backed by almost 6,000 at Roots Hall, Dalby forced a fine save out of goalkeeper Craig Ross with his downward header being scooped away. Zak Brunt then had a half-chance come and go after wriggling through several challenges only to fire wide.

Despite their efforts, Blues were hit with a late sucker punch as referee Ryan Atkin awarded the visitors a penalty with two minutes remaining for an apparent handball. Max Kretzschmar stepped up confidently to blast the spot-kick into the top corner to secure the Cards the three points.

Blues XI: Arnold, Hobson, Bridge (Ralph 46’), Dunne, Murphy, Dalby, Phillips (Walsh 75’), Lopata, Demetriou (Rush 87’), Brunt, White (C). Subs Not Used: Ogogo, Ferguson

Woking XI: Ross, Lofthouse, Casey, Champion, Diarra, Loza (Effiong 72’), Nwabuokei, Kretzschmar, Johnson (Thompson-Sommers 90+1’), Campbell, Ince. Subs Not Used: Collier, Allarakhia, Maguire-Drew

Referee: Ryan Atkin

Assistants: Hugh Gilroy & George Byrne

Fourth Official: Kirsty Dowie


Southend United: None

Woking: Tahvon Campbell 22’, Max Kretzschmar (p)88’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: James Dunne 56’

Woking: Craig Ross 78’

Attendance: 5,821 (308 Away)

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