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9 April 2022

Southend United’s recent struggles continued as they slumped to a 5-0 defeat against National League leaders Stockport County, who clinched their ninth successive league victory this evening.

The Hatters, now eight points clear at the top of the table, condemned Blues to their fourth consecutive defeat at Edgeley Park as Dave Challinor’s side ran riot to boost their hopes of an automatic return to the Football League.

County were patient in their approach, and they breached Blues’ defence twice in four minutes, mid-way through the first half to set them on their way to their 17th win from their last 18 league games, Will Collar and Myles Hippolyte on target for the in-form outfit.

Paddy Madden struck twice in quick succession for the National League juggernauts soon after half-time to make the lead convincing, and Andy Cannon made it five shortly before the game’s conclusion in a torrid afternoon for the visitors.

Two enforced changes saw Kevin Maher hand 18-year-old Collin Andeng Ndi his league debut in goal, while Harry Cardwell returned to the starting line-up in place of Shaun Hobson, who along with Steve Arnold and Leon Davies was ruled out through illness.

And as expected, the Hatters were quick out the blocks, imposing their quick-tempo, one touch game on Maher’s side.

But Blues held firm in the opening exchanges to limit the hosts to a mere half chance.

Scott Quigley beat the visitors’ offside trap to race through on goal 10 minutes in, but the recovering defence did enough to usher the ball out of play.

However, the buoyant home side did open the scoring mid-way through the first half.

A corner was headed across goal by Ryan Johnson, affording Collar a golden chance to bundle in from close range and he made no mistake, the midfielder grabbing his eighth goal of the season.

The league leaders’ quality became evident and, just four minutes after taking the lead, Dave Challinor’s side grabbed their second.

After being teed up on the edge of the area by Ryan Croasdale, Hippolyte slammed home an impressive effort, tucking a low powerful strike into the bottom left corner.  

The Hatters inflicted relentless pressure on Maher’s outfit, and Collar went close to getting their third seven minutes before the half-time interval, he fired over after Madden selflessly teed him up in the penalty box.

The second half followed in the same vein, and Madden scored twice within 14 minutes to put the game beyond doubt.

A defensive mix-up gifted the ball to the experienced striker, five minutes after the break, and he fired home with an emphatic finish, leaving Ndi with no chance in the Southend net.

Madden has often been a thorn in Blues’ side in years gone by, and he showed his striking nous by netting with a well-taken header in the 64th minute, his 19th goal of the season.

An array of substitutions from both sides did little to alter the score line, but disrupted County’s flow of chances until the closing stages.

Southend’s misery was compounded as the Hatters netted their fifth of the evening, a minute from time.

Substitute Cannon fired home from a free kick on the edge of the area, handing Blues their heaviest defeat of the season.

An ultimately gruelling afternoon at Edgeley Park, Maher’s side struggled to pose any real threat to the Hatters, as Challinor’s men took one step closer to their Football League return with a compelling showing.

Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Hogan, Palmer, Madden (Crankshaw 65’), Collar (Newby 78’), Johnson, Croasdale, Hippolyte, Quigley, Sarcevic (Cannon 65’).

Southend United: Andeng Ndi, Dalby, Clifford, Gubbins, Atkinson (Wood 76’), Neal, Clark, Demetriou, Dennis (Powell 83’), Husin, Cardwell (Kensdale 58’).

Referee: Scott Simpson

Assistants: Lewis Raper, Stuart Morland

Fourth Official: Sam Mulhall


Stockport County: Collar (21’) Hippolyte (25’) Madden (50’) (64’) Cannon (89’)

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Stockport County: Hogan (15’)

Southend United: None

Attendance: 7,738 (371)

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