Southend’s preparations for the new season continued as Blues picked up a 3-2 win at Billericay Town with goals from trialist, Rob Kiernan and Stephen Humphrys.
The hosts took the lead inside 10 minutes when a quick corner routine caught Southend napping, allowing Callum Kennedy to ghost into the area and curl the ball beyond an unsighted Mark Oxley.
Billericay then went close to doubling their advantage when Jordan Parkes smacked the top of the crossbar before Jake Robinson curled an effort just wide from the edge of the area.
Kevin Bond’s side levelled midway through the first-half when Corey Jordan, one of three trialists starting for Blues, scored from a tight angle after getting on the end of a Stephen McLaughlin corner.
Southend pressed for a second shortly after equalising and went close when Dru Yearwood was teed up by Theo Robinson only for a superb reaction save from Alan Julian to deny the youngster.
After the break, Yearwood forced another smart save from the Billericay ‘keeper after cutting onto his right and curling a low effort on goal which needed tipping around the post by Julian.
McLaughlin then hit the side netting from a free-kick before Southend made wholesale changes on the hour mark, replacing all 10 outfield players and it immediately brought rewards.
An Isaac Hutchinson corner found the leaping Rob Kiernan in the centre of the penalty area, with the centre-half powering his header beyond Julian to put Southend in front.
Stephen Humphrys then went close to doubling Blues’ lead after being slid through, but Julian spread himself well to save the goalbound effort from the frontman.
But the man whose goal saved Southend from relegation on the final day of last season wasn’t the be denied as seconds later he rifled the ball home from 25-yards with a well-taken effort.
That wasn’t the be the end of the scoring as Billericay nabbed one back with a quarter of an hour to play as Samuel Egole fired the ball across Oxley and into the bottom corner to halve the deficit.
However, it was nothing more than a consolation as the League One side won 3-2 against their National League South opponents ahead of their next friendly on Friday away at Weymouth.
Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono (Howard 61’), Trialist (Kiernan 61’), Lennon (White 61’), Trialist (Clifford 61’), Yearwood (Phillips 61’), Milligan (Klass 61’), Mantom (C) (Hutchinson 61’), Robinson (Kelman 61’), Goodship (Humphrys 61’), McLaughlin (Acquah 61’)
Referee: Craig Barnett
Assistants: Steve Marr & Robert Claussen
Fourth Official: Joe Burgess
Billericay Town: Callum Kennedy 9’, Samuel Egole 74’
Southend United: Trialist (Corey Jordan) 25’, Rob Kiernan 65’, Stephen Humphrys 71’