Blues bow out of the BBC Essex Senior Cup to Redbridge.
Southend United bowed out of the BBC Essex Senior Cup in the third round at home to Redbridge at Roots Hall, losing 2-0.
A goal in each half sealed Blues' fate, with Billy Drake scoring early in the first half before Jay Knight found the net in the last action of the game against the Ryman Division One North side.
It wasn't a great start for the Blues, as after 12 minutes, Redbridge took the lead through Drake.
The Redbridge left winger beat his man before cutting back to Drake who scored from close range, beating Ted Smith.
However, Blues responded well, with Jack Bridge dancing past a couple of challenges before curling an effort onto the base of the post.
And soon after, fellow midfielder Freddie Gard sliced wide after a low Nico Cotton cross from the left before Cotton himself smashed into the North Bank.
After the break, Dave Robertson sent his side out to get an equaliser and Jason Williams fired straight at Sam Sargeant in the Redbridge goal.
At the other end, Drake fired just over the bar for the Motormen from long range.
And with 15 minutes remaining, Redbridge had a great chance to double their lead but striker Drake fired straight at Smith from inside the box.
Back to the Blues and after a superb touch from Williams from a long ball forard, the striker fired straight at Sargeant.
Robertson made a double change with ten minutes to go, bringing on Damani Dias and Ross Johnson in place of Brandon Scott and Manny Adeyeye respectively.
But Blues earned nothing for their efforts despite having the majority of possession, with Williams again heading over from close range in the dying embers of the game
But there was still time for Redbrdge to add a second goal, and they did through Knight, who fired home from close range in the final action of the game as Blues bowed out of the Essex Senior Cup.
Blues: T. Smith, Jordan Williams, Adeyeye (Johnson, 80), Bridge, Matsuzaka, Kyprianou, Scott (Dias, 80), Norman, Jason Williams (Matthews, 88), Gard, Cotton
Unused substitutes: Johnson, McCree, Dias, Lewis Gard