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21 January 2022

Southend United earned their third consecutive league victory this evening, Blues scoring an injury time winner to ensure a 2-1 triumph against King’s Lynn Town at Roots Hall.

The visitors opened the scoring mid-way through the first-half via the head of Harry Phipps, but Kevin Maher’s side successfully completed their comeback with two second half strikes by Matt Dennis and Sam Dalby.

The latter scored from the spot in controversial circumstances in injury time, as Blues continued their escape from the lower reaches of the National League.

The hosts begun the game in strong fashion, Dennis proving a handful for the Linnets’ defence as he continually stretched their defence with runs in behind.

Five minutes in, the Norwich City loanee charged down the left-flank and delivered a dangerous, low cross which was turned away.

Will Atkinson was next to come close for Maher’s side, in the 12th minute he struck a goal-bound effort from a loose ball following a free-kick, but Ross Barrows was on hand to clear the danger, blocking just in front of the goal line.

Five minutes later, Barrows again displayed excellent defending, holding off Dalby and blocking his effort after he was skilfully played in by Dennis.

But the visitors started to find their feet midway through the first half, Gold Omotayo raced through on goal and forced Steve Arnold into a smart save, palming his left-footed effort away.

The Linnets took one of their few chances 27 minutes in, Theo Widdrington delivered an inviting ball into the box which debutant Harry Phipps met low to head in.

A tough one to take for Maher’s side, who had endured the lion share of positive play in the opening period.

Blues still threatened after going behind, Shaun Hobson met Tom Clifford’s in-swinging corner eight minutes later, but Paul Jones smartly tipped over.

Clifford caused further problems down Lynn’s right-hand side, and a cross in Dalby’s direction was kept out thanks to last ditch defending by Barrows.

Blues were pushing for an equaliser, but Lynn nearly grabbed a second against the run of play on the stroke of half-time, Widdrington leathered a strike towards the near post, but Arnold was equal to it.

As the two sides emerged for the second half, the hosts continued to push, Dalby came close as he forced a low save from Jones.

And their endeavour was rewarded just four minutes after the break, Hobson showed delightful skill to turn the Linnets’ defence inside out, he charged forward and delivered a teasing ball which the inform Dennis charged onto and fired home, earning his fourth goal from Blues’ last six matches.

Widdrington proved to be a tricky customer for Blues, and 60 minutes in he gave Arnold another tough test as he struck from distance, extracting a good save from the shot-stopper.

Eight minutes later, Harrison Neal forced a remarkable stop from Jones in the Lynn net, the ball sat up nicely for the midfielder, who struck a sweet effort which Jones did fantastically well to tip over.

The game spiralled into a rather uneventful affair midway into the second period, but Harry Cardwell had an effort blocked behind in the 71st minute.

Debutants Noor Husin and Cardwell combined two minutes before time, the latter headed over after Husin floated a good ball in.

But Blues deserved victory and they got it, in the third minute of stoppage time.

Barrows brought down Dalby in a challenge that the Linnets’ management team thought was fair, but Lloyd Wood pointed to the spot to offer Blues a chance of all three points.

And Dalby took it with both hands, dispatching a low-effort past Jones to round off a dominant performance by the hosts.

Southend XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Dalby, Clifford, Atkinson, Neal, Lopata, Davies, Dennis (Husin 78’), Cardwell (Ferguson 90+5) Subs not used: Ndi, Rush, Kensdale

King’s tLynn XI: Jones, Clunan, Coleman, Omotayo, Widdrington, McGavin (Sundire 69’), Jones, Barrett, Barrows, Scott (Denton 71’ (Walker 85’)), Phipps.  Subs not used: Callan-McFadden, Charles.

Referee: Lloyd Wood

Assistants: Criag Green and Craig Simpson

Fourth Official: Craig Barnett


Southend United: Dennis (49’) Dalby (90+3)

King’s Lynn: Phipps (27’)

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Hobson (90+6')

King’s Lynn: A Jones (45'), Denton (83’), Barrows (90')

Attendance: 6122 (85)

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