Southend United picked up their first home point of the 21/22 campaign this afternoon as Wrexham were in town, both sides taking a share of the spoils in an eventful 2-2 draw.
Phil Brown’s side worked their way into a two-goal lead courtesy of goals either side of half-time from Sam Dalby and Rhys Murphy.
However, a quickfire double from the visitors levelled the game, Jamie Reckord on target 12 minutes before Dior Angus tapped home to equalise for the away side.
6,036 fans watched on, as both sides had chances to take a late lead, but ultimately couldn’t be separated on the day.
Both sides took their time to work out one another, producing in a scrappy opening 15 minutes in which neither team managed to carve out a real opportunity, despite the away side winning a couple of corners.
But, on the 17th minute, James Jones came very close for Phil Parkinson’s side, hitting a thunderous strike from the edge of the box which Steve Arnold dealt with smartly to push past the right post.
Nine minutes later, Roots Hall roared for the first time since December of last year, Dalby netting his second goal of the season and the Blues’ first at home.
A lovely move by the home side enabled Harry Phillips to cut inside from the left flank and deliver an impeccable cross into the on-running Dalby, who headed below Rob Lainton and into the back of the net.
The Red Dragons nearly bit back on the 35th minute, tension filled the stands as Luke Young and Jordan Davies stood over a free kick right on the edge of the Blues’ penalty box.
The latter hit the set-piece with power, looping off the Southend wall and over. A scare for the hosts as the looping ball looked as if it was heading in.
Seven minutes later, an audacious effort from Murphy went wide of the left-post, the striker hitting a sweetly struck volley on the turn in the last of the first half action, seeing Brown’s side head into the half-time break a goal to the good.
As the two sides emerged from the tunnel and the second half commenced, it did not take long for the Blues to threaten again.
Fantastic work by Jack Bridge saw him charge forward down the left, cutting inside and working the ball into the box, his flashed cross was dangerous, but nobody came to meet it.
Building upon an impressive start to the season, Southend ‘keeper Arnold made a crucial save on the 50th minute, Jake Hyde denied after an excellent ball in by Dior Angus.
An equaliser will have turned the tide of the match, but instead of a leveller, Southend doubled their lead three minutes later.
James Dunne clipped fantastic ball over the top of the Wrexham backline, onto Murphy, who had run in behind the defence.
He took the ball down well and slotted past Lainton with a low, left-footed effort.
However, it did not take long for another twist in the plot of a lively game at Roots Hall.
On the 54th minute, Jamie Reckord fired home after a powerfully delivered cross by Tyler French was launched into the box, reducing the hosts’ lead back to just one goal.
After an intense beginning to the second half, Nathan Ferguson came painfully close to a third for the Blues five minutes later, firing a low effort across the far, left post and inches wide.
It was end-to-end action, the visitors looking dangerous in wide areas, their endeavour was rewarded in the 66th minute as they equalised through Angus.
The Red Dragons looked to have fire in their belly, they launched a probing attack down the right flank, French delivered yet another excellent ball in which Angus found himself on the end of to level the game up.
There was no let up in action, the North Wales based side coming close to taking the lead two minutes later, Davies trickled an effort through a sea of bodies which tamely bounced off the right post, the attackers following up the loose ball found themselves offside.
After that hectic spell of play, the game calmed somewhat, it took the home side until the 84th minute to gain their next opportunity.
Murphy found himself with on the edge of the penalty area, he fired a low effort narrowly wide of the left post.
Hearts were in the mouths of Blues fans late on, with Wrexham winning a dangerous wide free-kick, however, the visitors couldn’t find a finishing touch as both sides finished level at Roots Hall.
Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph (Hobson 56’), Coulson, Bridge, Dunne (Dennis 72’), Murphy, Dalby, Ferguson (Egbri 81’), Phillips, Demetriou, White. Subs not used: Seaden and Atkinson.
Wrexham XI: Lainton, Reckord, Hayden, Tozer, Davies, Young, Hyde (McAlinden 88’), French, Angus (Ponticelli 72’), Lennon (Cleworth 74’), Jones. Subs not used: Dibble and Jones.
Referee: Alan Dale
Assistants: Karl Sear & David Harrison
Fourth Official: Ayrton Hursey
Southend United: Dalby (26’), Murphy (53’)
Wrexham: Reckord (54’), Angus (66’)
Southend United: None
Wrexham: Jones (36’), Davies (93’)