Southend began their five-day training camp in Dorset with a 2-2 draw against National League South side Weymouth with Stephen Humphrys and Isaac Hutchinson scoring for Blues.
Just like Tuesday night against Billericay, Blues went behind early on against their National League South opponents as Weymouth scored after 13 minutes with a well-taken goal from Abdulai Baggie.
Neat passing from the Terras ended with the ball falling to Baggie on the edge of the area who curled a delightful effort beyond Nathan Bishop with the outside of his boot to open the scoring.
Blues levelled a little over 10 minutes later however as Stephen Humphrys scored his second in as many pre-season games, rifling his free-kick beyond Mark Childs from 25-yards to equalise.
Last season’s Southern League champions had a number of great chances to restore their lead with Brett Williams looking like Weymouth’s biggest threat during the first-half.
Williams nicked the ball off Bishop only to miss the open goal from a tight angle, minutes before forcing Bishop into a superb fingertip save with a strike from distance.
Ollie Harfield was next to test Southend’s young goalkeeper with a rasping shot that thundered off his chest before the visitors struck to take the lead just before the interval through Isaac Hutchinson.
Charlie Kelman slid the ball through the Humphrys who skipped past two Weymouth defenders before teeing up Hutchinson to score from close range to put Blues in front.
Before the half was over, however, dangerman Williams was thwarted twice more by Bishop who first saved a low effort from the striker before making an even better save with his legs.
Having already brought on John White after half-an-hour, Southend made a further nine changes before the hour mark with Brandon Goodship coming on to face his former club.
But it would be Weymouth who would go on to grab an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining after a series of corners, with Jake McCarthy squeezing the ball in at the near post to level it at 2-2.
Goodship, who was presented with Weymouth’s Golden Boot pre-match after his 39 goals for the club last season, had a glorious chance late on though to score the winner against his former side.
Dru Yearwood done well to nick the ball from the Terras left-back, sliding the ball across to Goodship who was denied by a brilliant point-blank save from Mark Childs to keep it at 2-2.
Blues XI: Bishop, Howard (Trialist 58’), Taylor (White 32’), Kiernan (C)(Lennon 58’), Clifford (Trialist 58’), Klass (Mantom 58’), Hutchinson (Yearwood 58’), Phillips (Bwomono 58’), Kelman (McLaughlin 58’), Humphrys (Millman 58’), Acquah (Goodship 58’)
Weymouth: Abdulai Baggie 13’, Jake McCarthy 75’
Southend United: Stephen Humphrys 24’, Isaac Hutchinson 41’