We take a look and see how our two loanees (Dan & Josh) are getting on in Austria...
Saturday 23rd September
Alberschwende 2-2 FC Kitz:
Our second trip to the Swiss border in three weeks saw us start slowly, conceding an early and uncharacteristic set piece, before yet another bad refereeing decision saw us fall 2-0 behind.
Our goalkeeper claiming the ball in the air, and taking a step back, was adjudged to have brought the ball over the line- video evidence after the game showed it was nowhere near to being so.
A good fight back in the second half saw us score two goals early on, and despite exerting large amounts of pressure on the opposition we failed to find a third goal, before going down to ten men for a second bookable offence and the game petered for a draw.
Josh Bexon continued his come back from injury by partaking in the warm up, whilst Dan Walker came on for the final half hour, creating two chances but failing to find the back of the net.
Saturday 30th September
FC Kitz 0-0 SV Grödig:
As a newly promoted team, we were fully expected to be on the end of a defeat against the unbeaten league leaders, but more than held our own and created the better chances in the match.
A very entertaining game for all spectators present, both teams had spells of domination in the game, as well as some great chances, but neither team managed to find the back of the net.
The best chances falling to ourselves in the final 15 minutes (one of which superbly created by Dan Walker)- however, to feel disappointed in not winning the game against such an established opponent was huge testament to our team.
Grodig were playing in the Europa League in 2015, which shows the great strides our club has made in recent years.
Josh Bexon was still out with his strained knee ligaments, whilst Dan Walker came on for the final half hour and created a great chance with a superb piece of skill.
Summary: Josh is making great strides on his comeback from injury, and should be on the bench for our game next week. However, he is fully aware that he will have to fight for his place, due to the form of our current goalkeeper; David Stöckl.
Dan will be disappointed that he isn’t getting more game time, but there are a few things he needs to work on in order to establish himself in a Men’s first team at this level. He is working hard on the training pitch to try and improve, whilst putting himself in the Manager and my thoughts for our next game.
For Southend United fans that are keen to know more about our two loanees Dan & Josh, then they can access FC Kitz facebook here.
FC Kitz official webite can be found here.