Southend United get pre-season off to a winning start with victory against Great Wakering Rovers
Southend United’s 2014-15 pre-season campaign got off to a winning start, as Blues won 5-0 against Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park on Saturday.
Phil Brown fielded two different XIs in both halves, with four trialists involved in the game. Michael Timlin, Paul Smith and Barry Corr were the only three first-team players not involved, though none are suffering from any injuries.
A bright start from Blues was rewarded when Ellis Brown, the youngster who signed a pro deal with the club at the end of last season, beat his man before clipping the ball over the diving ‘keeper.
Just as in the first-half, Blues found an early breakthrough at the start of the second. Summer signing Myles Weston curled neatly into the bottom corner to double the visitors’ advantage.
Trialist Craig Fagan added a third when he converted John White’s deep cross. Another trialist, Roman Michael-Percil added a fourth before Jack Payne curled the ball home for Blues’ fifth.
Blues went in front in just the fifth minute as youngster Brown kept his composure to finish well from Jack Bridge’s pass into the striker’s path.
Kevan Hurst twice found space 25-yards out, but saw the first tipped wide well by the Wakering goalkeeper, before firing just wide minutes later.
Hurst then set up Lee Barnard moments before half-time as he rolled the ball into the striker’s path. The striker however was unable to connect with the ball and the chance had gone.
A completely different XI took to the field for the second-half, and within five minutes, Blues had doubled their lead.
White played a ball over the top for Jason Williams who in turn cut it back to Weston who curled it neatly into the bottom corner from just inside the box.
Ryan Leonard went within a couple of inches as he unleashed a stunning 30-yard drive that hit the crossbar and went just over.
Trialist Fagan made it 3-0 when he headed home at the back post from White’s deep ball in, before Michael-Percil made it 4-0 finishing well from just outside the box.
Payne then made it 5-0 with a similar finish to Weston, curling the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot.
First-half XI: Bentley; Wilson (T), Azlam (T), Prosser, Auger; Hurst, Clifford, Bridge, Atkinson; Barnard, Brown.
Second-half: T. Smith; White, Banton, Thompson, Coker; Fagan (T), Leonard, Payne; Michael-Percil (T); Williams, Weston.