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BIG PREVIEW: TORQUAY VS SOUTHEND

17 September 2021

Torquay United v Southend United…

Overview:

After slumping to consecutive defeats against FC Halifax Town and Aldershot Town, Southend United make the long trip to Devon on Saturday, an away fixture against Torquay United next in store for Phil Brown’s men.

It has been a tough start to life in the fifth tier for Blues, having not tasted victory since the curtain-raiser against King’s Lynn Town.

But, with Gary Johnson’s Torquay also suffering a slow start, Blues can make the long journey eager to condemn the Gulls to further misery, in hope of reviving optimism within their own camp which has dwindled with recent results.

Saturday’s clash will be the first time that the two sides have met since doing battle in League Two in 2014. Southend triumphed 1-0 at Roots Hall thanks to a Freddy Eastwood goal. Current Blues players John White and Will Atkinson both played the full 90 minutes in the narrow victory.

The Opposition:

The Gulls have resided below Football League level since their relegation from League Two in the 2013/14 campaign.

Since, Torquay suffered a relegation into the National League South in 2018, to which they recovered and bounced straight back to the fifth tier the year after.

Largely to thank for said promotion is current boss Johnson, who has just entered his third year at the club.

He nearly led his side to a Football League return last season, after an exceptionally fast start to the campaign, they fell just short of Sutton United in the race for automatic promotion, before losing on penalties to Hartlepool United in the play-off final.

Form:

Tuesday night’s defeat to Aldershot means that the Blues make the trip to Torquay having accumulated five points from a possible 18 so far this season.

Brown’s side picked up draws against Wealdstone and Wrexham it between losses against Stockport County and Halifax after beating King’s Lynn on the opening day.

Their most recent loss against the Shots extended the winless run to five matches, despite summer signing Rhys Murphy having scored three goals in his last three outings.

Saturday’s opposition have suffered an even slower start to the 21/22 campaign. They have fallen to four defeats from their first six matches, winning only against Maidenhead United in a 4-3 thriller and earning a single draw against Notts County.

Torquay currently sit 20th in the early National League standings.

From Craig Fagan:

"We’re at Southend United, a big club at this level, we have to stand up to that now,” said Fagan.

"It’s always important to win games of football, they aren’t on a great run themselves so it’s a good opportunity for us to play them.

"I’m glad that there’s a game coming, as players you want to put things right straight away. If we were coming into this weekend without a game for two weeks, I’m not sure that’s the best way to approach the next game, so we’re all looking forward to putting some things right.

"It’s easy to talk about the Wrexham game as a good performance even though we drew the game, but in times of bad results you need to have that resilience in yourself to go again, to make good decisions, to run around with desire and determination and to be brave.

"The away support is unbelievable, we’re thankful for that because it does make a difference, we have to use it more to our advantage and I’m sure they’ll be behind us on Saturday as well."

Blues’ Team News:

Abu Ogogo returned to full training on Thursday and he will be pushing for a return to the squad when Blues head to Plainmoor. The midfielder was forced off against Stockport with a hamstring issue.

Matthew Dennis pulled out of the matchday squad in the warm-up against Halifax on Saturday, he is touch and go for the weekend’s fixture, assistant boss Craig Fagan admitting they ‘need to make the right decision’ as to whether he should feature.

The 19-year-old also returned to training on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Steve Arnold came through Tuesday’s match unscathed as he returned after suffering a dislocated finger.

Ref Watch:

Scott Jackson will be referee for Saturday’s match, assisted by Michael Begley and Justin Amey, with Callum Waller as fourth official.

This weekend’s fixture will be Jackson’s sixth as referee so far this season.

So far in the 21/22 campaign, he has issued 20 yellow cards, whilst brandishing one red, coming in Yeovil Town’s 3-0 victory away at Stockport last Saturday.

He has yet to referee a game involving the Shrimpers.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Bromley v Barnet

FC Halifax v Stockport County

Grimsby Town v Eastleigh

Notts County v Maidenhead United

Solihull Moors v Boreham Wood

Torquay United v Southend United

Wealdstone v Aldershot Town

Wrexham v Dagenham and Redbridge

Yeovil Town v Chesterfield

Weymouth v Dover Athletic

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Blues fans not heading to Plainmoor on Saturday 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 REPORT: TORQUAY 1-0 SOUTHEND

18 September 2021

Connor Lemonheigh-Evans’ 90th-minute strike for Torquay was enough to inflict a 1-0 defeat on Southend United at Plainmoor.

With both sides looking like taking a point apiece, the Gulls number seven popped up at the far post to slot in Dean Moxey’s low cross and earn Gary Johnson’s side a first home victory of the season while piling more misery on Blues who have now lost their last three.

Phil Brown made two changes to the side that lost 3-2 to Aldershot in midweek as captain John White came in alongside the returning Abu Ogogo to replace Shaun Hobson and Jason Demetriou, as Blues reverted to the 3-5-2 formation deployed at the start of the campaign.

Neither side came into this one in particularly great form, with both claiming just one victory each from their opening six games, and it was Torquay who began the brighter with early efforts from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Gabby Rogers coming to nothing.

Southend found clear chances hard to come by with Josh Coulson having a header on goal cleared the best they could muster early on before the Gulls had a great chance fall to Klaidi Lolos who got into the box but couldn’t pull the trigger quick enough to threaten Steve Arnold’s goal.

Keelan O’Connell then had an opportunity go begging, firing wide from inside the box, as Blues began to get a foothold in the game with Rhys Murphy looking the visitor’s biggest threat. Despite having three good chances though the Blues striker was unable to trouble Shaun MacDonald.

Southend did end the first 45 arguably the stronger of the two sides at Plainmoor and went close to breaking the deadlock when a Jack Bridge corner was headed just wide by Ogogo as it remained goalless at the interval.

Gary Johnson’s side came straight out the traps in the second-half and had a great chance on the counter two minutes after the restart only for Danny Wright to fire straight at Arnold. Blues responded in kind with an effort from Sam Dalby who shot on the turn but shot wide of the mark.

After the hour mark, Torquay began turning the screw and went close from a corner which was headed narrowly wide by Joe Lewis, before Gabby Rogers’ final act before being substituted was to fire over after another set-piece came out to him on the edge of the penalty area.

As we entered the final few moments at Plainmoor it looked like both sides were happy to settle for a point apiece and a clean sheet each, but Torquay had other ideas as they broke through in the final minute of normal time to steal a huge three points for the home side.

The ball fell kindly to Dean Moxey wide on the left who played a first-time ball across the face of goal that was duly dispatched at the far post by Lemonheigh-Evans to secure Torquay their first home win of the season and condemn Blues to a third straight defeat.

Torquay United XI: MacDonald, Wynter, Lemonheigh-Evans, Hall (C), Wright, Johnson, O’Connell (Omar 90+3’), Rogers (Addai 70’), Lolos (Holman 82’), Moxey, Lewis. Subs Not Used: Brzozowski, Martin

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Ogogo, Coulson, Bridge (Kargbo 82’), Dunne, Murphy (Dennis 67’), Dalby, Egbri, Atkinson, White (C). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Hobson, Demetriou

Referee: Scott Jackson

Assistants: Michael Begley & Justin Amey

Fourth Official: Callum Waller

Scorers:

Torquay United: Connor Lemonheigh-Evans 90’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Torquay United: Joe Lewis 34’

Southend United: Abu Ogogo 9’, Will Atkinson 32’, Nathan Ralph 90+2’

Attendance: 2,301

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Ticket News

AWAY TICKETS: TORQUAY UNITED

Details for the trip to Plainmoor in September

19 August 2021

Details for the game away to Torquay United.

Blues supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online and either download their ticket to their phone or print it out. Tickets are on sale now.

Please note the Torquay turnstiles at Plainmoor are cashless and tickets must be purchased in advance of entering the turnstiles.

IMPORTANT: Away fans must click on the tab at the top of the page that says Change to Away so that they can select Block A of Bristow’s Bench.

Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 01803 328666 Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Prices

Stand

Adult

Concessions       

U18

U7

Bristow’s Bench (A & B Block)

£18

£16

£10

FREE with a paying

Wollens Terrace                          

£16

£14

£10

FREE with a paying

Disabled supporters are allowed one carer helper admitted free of charge.

There are nine wheelchair bays and carers spaces available.

Torquay's Disability Liaison Officer is joanneh@torquayunited.com.

Away Ticket Priority Scheme

As Torquay are selling tickets themselves we will need YOUR help to ensure you receive the allocated points for this game.

To ensure supporters receive points please email tickets@southend-united.co.uk with the ticket confirmation email, the name(s) included if you've bought tickets for other fans along with yours and other supporters' customer reference number/s.

Please note, the deadline to send the information through is 48 hours after the day of the game, for example the deadline for this game is Monday 20th September.

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