Barnet v Southend United…
Off the back of five straight defeats, Southend United look to resurrect their form on Easter Monday as they head to Barnet.
Blues’ unfortunate 1-0 defeat against Wealdstone on Friday set Kevin Maher’s side on their worst run of form so far this season, and with six games left to play, the Blues boss is eager to see his side pick up some positive results to gather momentum for the next campaign.
Buoyed by a large away following, Blues travel to a Barnet side blowing hot and cold this season, however Dean Brennan’s Bees will be fragile following their 7-3 defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge three days ago.
Southend and Barnet met for the first since 2013 at Roots Hall in February.
An early Matt Dennis brace ensured all three points for Maher’s outfit, despite Adam Marriott reducing the arrears in the first half.
Barnet have struggled to maintain a consistent run of form this season, but have found themselves picking up enough points to comfortably avoid the drop.
Brennan’s seven-month stint in charge has seen plenty of extreme results, including their most recent 7-3 setback, a 6-0 trouncing by Wrexham, and a victory of the same score line against Dover Athletic.
In a turbulent period for the club, the former Billericay Town boss has steered the club to another season of National League safety.
But with the EFL pedigree the Bees possess, ambitions will not be to remain in the fifth tier.
Exciting young talents such as Ephron Mason-Clark, Teddy Howe and Harry Taylor have set foundations for a rebuild which simply needs to be right, in order for the club to again form momentum to fight back towards the top of the division.
Going into the second tie of the Easter schedule, Blues sit at the bottom of the National League form guide with five consecutive defeats.
Maher’s side have gone four matches without scoring and haven’t won away from home for over two months.
The trip to the Hive could be timely for Southend as the Bees most recently fell to a 7-3 defeat against the Daggers.
Brennan’s team have lost three matches on the bounce, a 2-0 setback against Solihull Moors after a 6-0 punishment by Wrexham.
Barnet have picked up four points from their last 15 on offer.
From The Boss:
"It [Friday’s match] was disappointing but overall, the performance we asked from for the players was all there,” said Maher.
"They will want to put right what happened on Friday and will want to bounce back.
"They will look at our results recently too and think they’ve got an opportunity to do that against us.
"Both teams are looking for a win, but we’ll be fully prepared and ready to go."
Blues’ Team News:
Jack Bridge faces a late fitness check after being taken off with a slight knock against Wealdstone.
Leon Davies is unlikely to feature due to a slight hamstring issue.
Nathan Ralph continues to recover from his longer-term injury but remains doubtful to feature at the Hive.
Rhys Murphy, Abu Ogogo and Simeon Akinola are all still out.
Barnet strongly advise booking tickets online in advance to avoid the queues.
Tickets are available directly from the Bees' website here.
Adults – £22
Concessions* – £14
Under 17 – £5
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day up until kick-off.
*Concessions are those over 65 and under 21, ticket checks will be in operation at the turnstiles.
Savvas Yianni will call the shots as Blues face the Bees.
Yianni has yet to officiate a Blues match, and has only refereed five National League fixtures this season.
In that time, he has brandished 17 yellow cards, and has yet to show red.
He will be assisted by Jack Clench and Grzegroz Kornasiewicz, with Matthew Norton as fourth official.
Elsewhere in the National League:
Weymouth v Yeovil Town
Aldershot Town v Dagenham and Redbridge
Bromley v Maidenhead United
Dover Athletic v Woking
King’s Lynn Town v Grimsby Town
Stockport County v Solihull Moors
Torquay United v Eastleigh
Wealdstone v Boreham Wood
Wrexham v Altrincham
FC Halifax Town v Chesterfield
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