Blues head down to Dorset today for the start of a five-day training camp which begins with a friendly against National League South side Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium (7.45pm ko).
The visit to The Terras will be one of two pre-season games Kevin Bond’s side will feature in over the next five days, with a behind-closed-doors game against Exeter City to come next Wednesday.
But tonight will see Southend take on their second National League South opponents of the week having come from behind to dispatch Billericay Town on Tuesday night.
Goals from Stephen Humphrys, Rob Kiernan and trialist, Corey Jordan, were enough to defeat their local opponents who had taken the lead early in the contest through Callum Kennedy.
This evening’s opposition, Weymouth, are going into the season already full of confidence having secured last season’s Southern League title and with it promotion to the National League South.
It’ll be Weymouth’s first return to the sixth tier for nine years and so far they are three for three in pre-season with victories over Hamworthy United, Portland United and Wimborne Town.
But Blues will provide by far their toughest test of pre-season and there'll be a familiar face in the squad as Weymouth’s leading scorer for the last two seasons returns to face his former side.
Brandon Goodship, whose goals helped fire Weymouth to promotion last season, joined Southend earlier in the summer window having scored 76 goals in the last two campaigns for The Terras.
Goodship will be joined in the travelling squad by fellow new signings Mark Milligan and Nathan Ralph, who is set to make his first Blues appearance after signing from Dundee.
Absent though from the travelling party are the likes of Simon Cox and Timothee Dieng who are continuing to recover from calf injuries picked up over the summer and Jason Demetriou and Luke Hyam are working hard at getting themselves back onto the training pitch.
Tickets prices for tonight’s encounter at the Bob Lucas Stadium are £8.00 for adults, £6.00 for concessions, £1.00 for under 16s with a family ticket (2 adults, 2 u16s) available for £16.00.