Southend United will be going up against a strong Bromley side twice in a week, starting with Sunday's clash at Hayes Lane, but they will head to south east London this weekend with aspirations of continuing their impressive record on the Boxing Day.
Blues are unbeaten on the 26th December in their past nine outings, and owing to two consecutive years not playing on what is a big football tradition, their last loss on this date stretches all the way back to 2009. What makes it even better is that eight of those nine games were victories.
The Ravens, who currently sit fourth in the league, have a number of players who will be looking to stop Southend from adding to that record.
We’ve picked out three who will be looking to keep all three points in south east London.
The 30-year-old forward (pictured) joined Bromley in 2019 from National South side Ebbsfleet. Having missed just nine minutes all season, Cheek has been the go-to man for Bromley. With 13 goals to his name already this season, the centre-forward will be hoping to return to scoring ways, having fired blanks in the last three games.
Another player looking to stop Southend from getting all three points is goalkeeper Mark Cousins. The Chelmsford-born shot-stopper also joined Bromley in 2019 from fellow National League side Barnet. Cousins started his footballing career at Fulham’s academy and has since played over 300 games. With seven clean sheets in 18 games, including one against Dover last Saturday, Cousins will be hoping to deny Blues’ in-form strikers.
The final player looking to stop Southend from taking all three points is centre half, Byron Webster. Standing at 6ft 2, Webster has been ever-present this season with only Michael Cheek playing more minutes than the club captain. Not only is he a presence at one end of the pitch and an astute defender, but the man from Leeds is also a threat at the other from set-pieces, with two goals to his name so far this season.