Southend United progressed to the last-32 of the Checkatrade Trophy as goals from Josh Wright and Theo Robinson secured Blues a 2-0 home win against Essex rivals, Colchester United.
Blues began the game much the brighter of the two sides and Stephen McLaughlin will feel he was unfortunate not to open the scoring with two early efforts.
Southend were getting closer with every attack and after Frankie Kent headed on a McLaughlin free-kick, Leonard couldn’t quite stretch far enough to divert the ball in at the far post, hitting the side netting.
The home side though did finally manage to break the deadlock before the half-time interval when Josh Wright opened his account for Southend with the simplest of finishes.
After McLaughlin’s stinging effort was palmed into the air by Gilmartin, the midfielder was left to easily nod the ball into the unguarded net to score his first goal for the club.
With Timlin having gone close just before the break, Southend would put one foot in the next round shortly after the interval as Theo Robinson scored his second goal in the competition.
Robinson managed to beat one U’s defender to a bouncing ball before skipping past another, finishing off the move with a calm left-foot strike across Gilmartin and into the bottom corner.