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Match Report: Canvey Island 0-4 Southend United

22 July 2015

Blues turn on the style with convincing win at Park Lane.

Southend United produced a confident performance to run out comfortable 4-0 winners at Canvey Island's Park Lane.

Jack Bridge's strike was sandwiched in between a Jason Williams brace in a strong first half performance for the Blues, before Jack Payne added gloss to the scoreline with a fourth goal late in the game in Canvey.

Ted Smith started the game in goal for the Blues, with skipper Ryan Leonard reverting to right back.  

It was a bright start by the visitors, with Will Atkinson having two early chances.

The first one came after David Worrall's knock down sat up nicely, but the former Bradford man wouldn't connect with the ball.

Minutes later and Atkinson then saw his cushioned volley was comfortable for Jake Larkins in the Canvey goal.

But six minutes later and Blues did take the lead through Williams. Worrall was involved in the build up, before Williams fired home on the turn from close range.

And two minutes after the first goal, the second found its way into the back of the net.

Bridge was given time and space to pick his spot from just outside the box, and saw his powerful effort fly into the back of Larkins' goal.

And it was 3-0 just before half time, as Williams added to his tally for the evening when he headed home from close range after a Weston cross.

After the break, skipper for the evening Ryan Leonard saw his strike parried by Larkins, and Weston's follow up was blocked by the 'keeper, but was offside.

Phil Brown made a couple of changes just after the hour mark, as Ben Coker and Gary Deegan went off, and were replaced by John White and Michael Timlin.

Jack Payne came on for Bridge with 25 minutes remaining, and didn't take long to make an impact by bagging the fourth goal of the evening.

Put through by Timlin, Payne twisted before firing into the bottom corner of the net, leaving Larkins with no chance from just inside the box.

And that was to be the last real action of the half – and indeed the game – as Blues picked up another pre-season win – something they'll look to build on when Brown's side visit Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Blues: T. Smith; Leonard, Bolger, Prosser, Coker (White, 64); Worrall, Deegan (Timlin, 64), Bridge (Payne, 68), Atkinson (Wordsworth, 66), Weston (Hurst, 66); Williams

Substitutes not used: Bentley, Barrett, Mooney

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