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On This Day: 23rd October

23 October 2017

A brief look back at three games that occurred on this day in years gone by...


Barnsley 1-3 Southend

Three first half goals from Barry Fry’s side saw off struggling Barnsley.

Blues opened the scoring in just four minutes when Brett Angel headed home Gary Poole’s long cross.

Ricky Otto’s first came when the midfielder burst down the left wing following a poor back pass from Barnsley. Otto took the ball to the edge of the box and fired a high shot that dipped into the top right-hand corner, flying over the keeper.

Otto grabbed his second ten minutes later after cutting into the middle of the box from out wide, leaving the midfielder one on one and open to fire a magnificent left footed strike into the bottom right corner.

Barnsley pulled one back from a spot kick, but it went down as a consolation goal in the final result.



Shrewsbury 1-1 Southend

Wayne Gray’s second half equaliser secured a draw against struggling Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury rarely showed any quality apart from one notable exception when they took a 15th-minute lead through Kevin Street when the midfielder rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net, scoring his first goal of the season.

Blues were not without chances with Freddy Eastwood missing two good chances including one miss from just six yards.

But Southend only had to wait until 14 minutes into the second-half, when Wayne Gray headed home Carl Pettefer's right-wing cross.

Dwayne Darby almost snatched a winner for Shrewsbury when his snap-shot from the edge of the box was saved by Flahavan, but a point apiece was about right.



Bury 1-0 Southend

Joe Skarz scored the only goal of the game late in the first half as the hosts extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

Blues keeper Glen Morris frustrated Bury early on, making a smart stop to keep out Ryan Lowe's fourth-minute penalty after Nicky Ajose had been brought down in the box.

Morris produced an even more impressive save to deny Lowe again but Bury's dominance paid off five minutes before the break when Skarz escaped his marker to neatly head home Steven Schumacher's well-judged free-kick.

Southend offered more threat in the second half and Barry Corr headed a glorious chance over the bar from Ryan Hall's cross.

A further opportunity went begging when Josh Simpson saw his shot from six yards scrambled away by Cameron Belford.

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