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BIG PREVIEW: WEALDSTONE VS SOUTHEND

30 August 2021

Wealdstone vs Southend United...

Overview:

Less than 48-hours removed from Saturday’s clash with Stockport, Blues are back in action once again this afternoon as they travel to northwest London to take on Wealdstone.

It’ll be the first-ever visit for Blues to Grosvenor Vale but the two sides have met once before back in 1979, which saw Southend overcome the Stones 1-0 in the FA Cup at their old Lower Mead ground.

And with over 800 Blues fans making the trip around the M25 today, Phil Brown’s side will be looking to reward that superb travelling support with another away victory.

The Opposition:

This season is the Stones’ second season in the National League having gained promotion to the fifth tier for the first time in 32 years by winning the National League South in 2020.  

Wealdstone won 10 of their opening 11 games of the 2019/20 season to race away from the pack with the title eventually being awarded on points-per-game after the season’s curtailment.

And they started brilliantly last season as well, winning five from eight to sit second in the early season standings, before a drop off in form ultimately cost manager Dean Brennan his job.

Now under the stewardship of Stuart Maynard, the Stones are looking to improve on their 19th place finish from last term which would have been enough for them to avoid relegation.

Form:

Southend’s start to the National League season has seen them pick up one win and one defeat from their opening two games against King’s Lynn and Stockport.

Blues beat King’s Lynn on the road 1-0 on the opening day, but they were unable to back that victory up as they fell to Stockport by the same scoreline on Saturday.

Wealdstone have failed to pick up a point from their first two games of the season. The Stones were beaten 2-1 by Woking at home on the opening day before losing 2-0 at Chesterfield at the weekend.  

Blues Team News:

Abu Ogogo limped off 18 minutes into the defeat against Stockport on Saturday with a hamstring problem that will rule the midfielder out of this afternoon’s visit to Wealdstone.

Tom Clifford remains out of action due to his ankle injury picked up in pre-season, while James Dunne has stepped up his recovery having missed the opening two games of the campaign.

Dunne could be in contention to replace the injured Ogogo, but Brown also has the option of bringing Will Atkinson into the squad after he re-signed for Blues last week.

With two games in quick succession so early into the season, the Blues boss might have to rotate and freshen things up having named the same team and substitutes in the opening two games.

Ref Watch:

Tomorrow’s clash at Grosvenor Vale between Blues and Wealdstone will be officiated by Matthew Russell who’ll be taking charge of his first game of the season.

Russell oversaw 14 games last season – which included two trips to Wealdstone – where the referee showed a total of 45 yellow cards and two reds.

His last outing in the National League came at Dagenham & Redbridge back in May, overseeing a 3-0 victory for the Daggers against Halifax.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town

Barnet vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Bromley vs Eastleigh

Dover Athletic vs Boreham Wood

FC Halifax Town vs Altrincham

King’s Lynn Town vs Chesterfield

Torquay United vs Woking

Weymouth vs Maidenhead United

Wrexham vs Notts County (7.30pm, live on BT Sport)

How to Follow:

Blues fans that aren’t travelling to Grosvenor Vale today will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.


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