Southend United continued their strong association with this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by becoming the latest club to take part in the inaugural Paint Pot Challenge.
The Blues, under manager Paul Sturrock, have battled their way through to the Southern Area Final where they will face Leyton Orient over two legs for the right to reach Wembley.
In the build-up to tomorrow’s first leg at Brisbane Road, Southend became the latest team to test themselves in the unique challenge, which tests the crossing accuracy of the most competent footballer.
The Paint Pot Challenge involves players trying to chip a ball from the corner of the 18-yard box situated in a central position on the six yard line.
A perfect ‘lick’ for a successful chip-in is worth 10 points, while one point is awarded for each attempt which ‘brushes’ the paint pot.
The npower League 2 club were confronted by testing conditions, with strong winds blowing across the Southend training ground making it difficult to control the ball.
But they produced a commendable display, managing six ‘brushes’ with several close calls as they chased the elusive ‘lick,’ while watching supporters also joined in the fun.
“The conditions were really difficult so it was a very good effort from the boys at Southend to get six points,” said Ben Wilde, Johnstone’s Paint Brand and Sponsorship Manager.
“Southend have done very well in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season so we are really pleased they took the Paint Pot Challenge and that some of their fans got involved.”