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MATCH REPORT: EASTLEIGH 1-1 SOUTHEND

22 February 2022

Noor Husin’s superb half-volley helped Blues earn a point against Eastleigh as Southend extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games with a 1-1 draw at the Silverlake Stadium.

The home side took an early lead when Brennan Camp’s cross was glanced in by Harry Pritchard in just the eighth minute before Husin rifled the ball home from 25 yards, on the hour mark, to score his second of the season.

Southend had chances to win it late on with Will Atkinson and Sam Dalby seeing chances to nick all three points go begging as Blues were made to settle for a point.

Kevin Maher’s side headed to the Silverlake Stadium looking to extend their unbeaten league run to into double figures against an Eastleigh side that were without a permanent manager and with just two points to their name from their last eight matches.

On paper then, Blues came in as heavy favourites, and they threatened early on when Tom Clifford’s deflected cross found the head of Harry Cardwell – the winner last time out against Woking – but the Southend striker couldn’t direct his header on target from close range.

The Spitfires had found goals hard to come by in their winless run, failing to score in seven of their last eight, but they had no trouble in finding the net early on against Blues as they opened the scoring in the eighth minute with Harry Pritchard putting the home side in front.

New signing Brennan Camp burst down the right and fizzed in a dangerous cross that needed just the merest of touches from Pritchard, with his glancing effort off his toe sending the ball beyond Steve Arnold, clipping the inside of the post on its way in.

Southend struggled to get going after going behind and with most of Blues’ attacking play coming down the flanks, Eastleigh’s sizeable centre-back pairing were comfortably keeping the visitors at bay.

Eastleigh went close to doubling their lead before the break with Ryan Hill testing the reflexes of Arnold with a dipping effort from outside the box that needed pushing away, while Cardwell saw a header deflect over the bar as the visitors went into the break a goal behind.

Maher made a change at half time as Leon Davies came on to replace Tom Clifford down the left, which is where Blues’ best chance of the evening came from as Nathan Ralph’s cross was flicked on by Cardwell only for Jason Demetriou to head straight at McDonnell.  

Southend were looking much more of a threat now, and they would restore parity on the hour mark thanks to a superb finish by Noor Husin. A cross from the right this time came out to the Afghan midfielder, 25 yards from goal, with his sweetly struck half-volley finding the bottom corner.

With Blues now pushing for a winner, they went close to completing the turnaround with eight minutes remaining when a cross from the left found its way out to Will Atkinson, whose first-time volley across goal was parried by McDonnell before being bundled behind for a corner.

Harrison Neal and Matt Dennis were then introduced in the final few minutes as Southend looked for a vital second goal and again Blues went close to grabbing a winner when Sam Dalby got goal side but couldn’t quite squeeze the ball in from a tight angle.

Both sides had seven minutes of added on time to find a winner with Eastleigh seeing a late goalmouth scramble come to nothing as both sides were made the settle for a point, as Southend extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches ahead of the visit of Solihull to Roots Hall on Saturday.

Eastleigh XI: McDonnell, Camp, Kelly, Miley, Broadbent, Boyce (C) (Harper 46’), Pritchard, Hall, Hesketh, Whitehall (Barnett 71’), de Barr (Pitman 89’). Subs Not Used: Hollands, Bragg

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Dalby, Powell (Neal 83’), Clifford (Davies 46’), Atkinson, Lopata, Demetriou (C), Husin, Cardwell (Dennis 83’). Subs Not Used: Dunne, Kensdale

Referee: James Durkin

Assistants: Alexander Bradley & Conall Bartlett

Fourth Official: Charlie Bullock

Scorers:

Eastleigh: Harry Pritchard 8’

Southend United: Noor Husin 60’

Yellow Cards:

Eastleigh: Ryan Hill 30’, Andrew Boyce 31’

Southend United: Shaun Hobson 45’, Harry Cardwell 45+3’, Noor Husin 54’

Attendance: 3,062 (637 Away)


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