Southend United were left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw against Wealdstone at Grosvenor Vale.
Blues hit the woodwork twice in the first-half with Rhys Murphy and Harry Phillips both seeing efforts come back off the crossbar but neither side were able to find a breakthrough with both having to settle for a point apiece.
With such a short turnaround from Saturday’s game against Stockport, Phil Brown made three changes to his line-up to face Wealdstone with Shaun Hobson, Terrell Egbri and Matt Dennis coming in for Josh Coulson, Jason Demetriou and the injured Abu Ogogo.
Backed by over 800 travelling Blues fans, Southend made a bright start at Grosvenor Vale and were first to threaten when Dennis was freed down the left by a superb pass from Nathan Ralph before forcing a smart save out of George Wickens from a tight angle.
Midway through the first-half and the visitors struck the woodwork moments after Rhys Murphy had seen his effort blocked by some latch ditch defending by Jack Cawley. The ball found it’s way back to Murphy whose spectacular overhead kick attempt come crashing off the bar.
Wealdstone’s biggest threats in the first 45 minutes came from set-pieces and the home side had a great chance to open the scoring when Steve Arnold brought down Joshua Umerah to earn himself a yellow card. Charlie Cooper though couldn’t convert the opportunity though firing his free-kick over.
Southend continued to look the most likely of the two teams to break the deadlock and once again came close as they hit the crossbar for a second time with Harry Phillips seeing his effort tipped onto the bar by goalkeeper Wickens.
The home side though ended the half strongly and had a couple of further free-kick chances in good shooting positions. The best of which saw Ashely Charles manage to beat the wall, but he couldn’t get his effort beyond Arnold who sprung to his left to tip his shot around the post.
In the second-half, Wealdstone’s best route to goal continued to be from set-pieces and they went close when Cawley’s deflected effort zipped just wide before Southend had the ball in the back of the net on the hour mark as Dennis slotted home but it was ruled out by an early offside flag.
The final 30 minutes was a scrappy affair with neither side able to really stamp their authority on the game and get themselves a potential match-winner, though Wealdstone thought they’d snatched the win when Umerah fired the ball in only for an earlier foul to chalk it off.
Craig Fasanmade forced a save out of Arnold deep into injury-time but both sides were made to settle for a point as Wealdstone picked up their first point of the season while Blues were left frustrated at not being able to pick up a second away win of the campaign.
Wealdstone XI: Wickens, Cook, Charles, Okimo (C), Umerah, Browne (Fasanmade 73’), Lewis (Wishart 72’), Eletheriou, Dyer, Cooper, Cawley. Subs Not Used: Buse, Dronfield, Elito
Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Bridge (Kargbo 81’), Murphy (Rush 59’), Dalby, Egbri, Ferguson, Phillips, Dennis, White (C). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Coulson, Sayers
Referee: Matthew Russell
Assistants: Grzegorz Kornasiewicz & Hugh Gilroy
Fourth Official: Luis Nunes
Southend United: None
Wealdstone: Joshua Umerah 73’, Alex Dyer 83’
Southend United: Steve Arnold 28’, Nathan Ralph 32’, Nathan Ferguson 50’, John White 90+1’