Blues continued their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win against Bishop’s Stortford at the ProKitUK Stadium.
Simon Cox opened the scoring for the visitors with a fantastic finish, after he was picked out by a first-time cross from Jermaine McGlashan on the right.
Jason Demetriou’s long ball forward ran perfectly for the speedy McGlashan, whose cross was volleyed home by Cox, going in off the underside of the crossbar.
Blues extended their lead midway through the half as Michael Kightly finished off a flowing move to score his first goal back in a Southend shirt.
Some neat football from Blues resulted in Dru Yearwood playing the ball through to Kightly who held up his man before finding the bottom corner with his left foot.
Phil Brown’s side were unfortunate not to extend their lead further before the break thanks to a string of top-drawer saves from goalkeeper Harry Voss.
The Stortford ‘keeper done brilliantly to get down to a Yearwood strike that was tipped around the post, before stopping Cox’s goal-bound scissors-kick and Kightly’s diving-header in quick succession.
Early in the second half, Southend had a scare when George Casey’s free-kick from wide left was parried onto the face of the post by Ted Smith.
And Blues themselves struck the woodwork minutes later as Kightly teed up Stephen Hendrie, only for the full-back to strike the outside of the post.
Southend though did extend their lead with just over 20-minutes remaining as McGlashan and Cox combined again to extend Blues’ lead to three.
McGlashan used his pace to ghost beyond the Stortford full-back, Williams Danquaa, crossing low for Cox to smash home from close range on the half-volley.
Phil Brown’s side then rounded off the scoring with a lovely individual goal from youngster Nico Cotton as he made it 4-0 to Southend in the final 10-minutes.
The winger found the ball at his feet on the edge of the area before arrowing his low strike beyond Voss, off the inside the of the post and in to finish off the scoring.
Blues XI: Smith, Demetriou (White 57’), Ferdinand (Matsuzaka 61’), Turner (Kyprianou 78’), Hendrie, Kightly (McLaughlin 61’), Leonard (Timlin 61’), Yearwood (Klass 78’), McGlashan (Bridge 78’), Cox (Cotton 78’), Robinson (Fortune 76’). Subs Not Used: Oxley
Bishop’s Stortford: None
Southend United: Simon Cox 12’, 69’ Michael Kightly 23’, Nico Cotton 83’
Bishop’s Stortford: Ricky Spriggs 7’
Southend United: None