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21 January 2022

Southend United v King’s Lynn Town...


In a month filled with crucial clashes at the bottom end of the National League table, Southend United face yet another important game as King’s Lynn Town make their first ever visit to Roots Hall.

Three league places and 11 points separate the two sides going into the fixture, former Blues coach Tommy Widdrington was installed as manager last month in hope for fifth tier survival.

Kevin Maher will be relishing the chance to lead his side 10 points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s fixtures, but faces a tough test against an improved side under a new regime.

Blues will be aiming to repeat the outcome of their previous meeting, their debut match in the National League as they fought to a 1-0 victory at The Walks Stadium, thanks to an early Sam Dalby strike.

The Opposition:

Lynn’s rise to the National League was a remarkable one, achieving double promotions from the Southern Football League and the National League North to arrive in the fifth tier.

And, contending with bigger budgets while only this season adjusting to a full-time set-up, their adaptation to the National League has been respectable, but times are tough for the Linnets in the current campaign.

Having picked up just 11 points all season, they must double their tally simply to keep level with Maidenhead United, who occupy 20th spot.

Widdrington has taken on the mighty challenge in hope of leading a great escape, he must instantly resolve Lynn’s issues both in defence and attack, having scored the joint-least number of goals in the division while also possessing the second leakiest defence.


Blues will be looking to make it three consecutive league victories for the first time since October 2018.

Last time out, Maher’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Dagenham and Redbridge in the FA Trophy, but that has not detracted from the positivity exuberated from recent improvements in league form.

In all competitions, Blues have won three of their last five matches, and have picked up eight points from their last possible 15.

Meanwhile, the Linnets have won two of their six matches under new boss Widdrington, an FA Trophy triumph against Nantwich Town shortly after their 2-1 league victory over Dover Athletic.

However, Lynn have lost 12 of their last 14 matches in all competitions.

From The Boss:

"Friday night at Roots Hall are always great occasions and hopefully it will be the same tomorrow night,” said Maher.

"It’s a tough game, they’ve had a change of manager and Tommy [Widdrington] is someone I know from Bristol Rovers.

"They will come fully prepared and will give us a tough game.

"But with their position in the league and ours as well, this is a big one.

"If we’re not up for it, we will come unstuck, but the players have trained well and there’s a better buzz around the place.

"We’ve got to build on that, and we know there’s still a long way to go."

Blues’ Team News:

Leon Davies is set to make his Blues debut against the Linnets with Jason Demetriou serving a one-match suspension.

Also in line for his first appearance for the club is new signing Harry Cardwell, the striker joining the club on a permanent deal from Chorley on Thursday.

John White and Will Atkinson are both back fit and could feature for Blues this evening.

Rhys Murphy, Jack Bridge, James Dunne and Simeon Akinola are all side-lined.

Ref Watch:

Lloyd Wood will take charge of proceedings in Blues’ important Friday night clash.

He has yet to referee Blues this season.

But Wood has officiated on seven occasions in the fifth tier so far this campaign, showing 19 yellow cards and a single red.

Joining him will be Craig Simpson and Craig Green as assistants, with Craig Barnett as fourth official .


Tickets are on sale for the game from the Blues Box Office online, on the phone (0344 477 0077) or in person.

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and £10 for juniors (9-16) and £5 for a child (8 and under).

Elsewhere in the National League:

Notts County v Barnet (Friday)

Altrincham v Torquay United

Boreham Wood v Weymouth

Chesterfield v Aldershot Town

Grimsby Town v Bromley

Maidenhead United v FC Halifax

Solihull Moors v Dover Athletic

Woking v Wealdstone

Yeovil Town v Wrexham

Dagenham and Redbridge v Stockport County

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend Roots Hall will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

Matchday programme:

The matchday programme ‘Roots Review’ will be available to buy outside the stadium from the programme hut and the West Stand ticket office.

Inside is an interview with striker Sam Dalby, who was the match-winner when these two sides last met on the opening day of the season.

The programme hut is based at the bottom of the main car park off Victoria Avenue, which along with a dedicated programme seller on the west side of the ground, will be the two main points for supporters to buy a programme.

Reduced quantities will be available from some bars and kiosks also.

A digital matchday programme can be bought via MatchDay Digital.

Apple users can download the app here, while Android users can download a copy via the Google Play store here.

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