Yeovil Town vs Southend United
Southend United make the trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday, Kevin Maher’s side defending their top half status in the National League.
The Glovers sit just two points and one league place below Blues heading into the fixture, and will look to pounce on Blues’ recent stumble in form.
Maher’s outfit suffered a disappointing midweek defeat to Maidenhead United, their second setback since the turn of the year and their first away from home.
Looking to bounce back, Southend will be aiming for a repeat performance of the one that saw them pick up all three points against Yeovil with a 2-1 victory at Roots Hall earlier in the season.
Goals either side of half-time by wing-back pairing Jason Demetriou and Tom Clifford sealed all three points despite Reuben Reid halving Blues’ lead late in the game.
Since the two sides met in January, Darren Sarll’s Glovers struggled to gather any real momentum to make a push up the fifth-tier standings.
Their defeat against Maher’s side helped form a run which saw them win just one match in 16.
But the 21/22 campaign hasn’t been all negative for the Somerset club; they reached the third round of the FA Cup, bowing out of the competition at that stage after displaying a commendable performance in a 3-1 defeat against Championship high-flyers Bournemouth.
And Sarll’s team will now be eyeing up a top-half finish in the National League, their most recent performances have set them on a positive trajectory to do just that, and the Glovers could move into the top 12 with victory against Blues on Saturday.
The hosts have won their last two matches, a 2-0 victory over Dover Athletic before an eye-catching 2-1 triumph against play-off contenders Bromley.
Sarll’s side had struggled to form a consistent run of results prior, they’ve won two of their last 11 matches.
In opposition, Blues’ midweek defeat saw them suffer two defeats from their last three matches.
Maher’s men have lost two of their last 16 league matches.
Both sides have picked up seven points from their last 15 on offer.
From The Boss:
“It was disappointing to lose and in the manner we did,” said Maher.
“Watching it back we were in control for a lot of the game and to take the lead away from home, only to end up losing is disappointing.
“But we’ve put that to bed and we look forward to Saturday now.
“We’ll be looking to get as many points as possible and finish as high as we can.
“There are teams up there we want to catch and that’s the target.”
Blues’ Team News:
Both Kenny Clark and Joe Gubbins will be available for selection having signed for the club on Thursday.
Also back in contention is striker Harry Cardwell, the 25-year-old has missed Blues’ last six outings with a hamstring issue and returned to training on Thursday.
Noor Husin remains unavailable; the midfielder is serving international duty with Afghanistan.
James Dunne is also out of the reckoning after being shown a straight red card in Blues’ last outing against Maidenhead United.
Rhys Murphy, Simeon Akinola and Abu Ogogo are all out injured.
Robert Massey-Ellis will be the man in the middle at Huish Park on Saturday.
Ellis has so far officiated 13 National League matches, showing 57 yellow cards and no reds.
He has yet to referee a match involving Blues this season.
Alongside him, Peter Lowe and Sean Jenkins will be assistants, Paul Barber will be fourth official.
Elsewhere in the National League:
Altrincham v Aldershot Town
Eastleigh v Stockport County
Grimsby Town v Dagenham and Redbridge
King’s Lynn Town v FC Halifax Town
Maidenhead United v Barnet
Notts County v Chesterfield
Torquay United v Weymouth
Wealdstone v Bromley
Woking v Solihull Moors
Wrexham v Dover Athletic
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