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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND UNITED VS WEYMOUTH

2 May 2022

Southend United v Weymouth…

Overview:

Southend United look to get back to winning ways in their penultimate match of the 21/22 campaign, as they face the already relegated Weymouth at Roots Hall on Bank Holiday Monday.

Kevin Maher’s side had their three-match winning run halted by promotion-chasing Wrexham on Saturday, and now face the quick turnover of just two days to welcome the Terras, who will be playing in the National League South next season.

David Oldfield’s Weymouth had their fate sealed last week when they were demolished 6-1 by Wrexham, they can finish the season with little to lose as they hunt their second victory of the calendar year.

The Terras have lost 16 times in 2022, and Blues dealt them their second defeat of the year in January, as a Matt Dennis goal won Maher’s side a slender 1-0 victory, which kickstarted a 13-match unbeaten run, lasting until March.

The Opposition:

Weymouth, despite starting the season in strong fashion, ultimately did not have enough to retain their place in the National League for next season.

But, with Oldfield in charge, the Terras have a manager with proven success in the National League South as they bid for an immediate return to the fifth tier.

The 53-year-old was fighting at the top of the sixth-tier table with Oxford City before he was poached by Weymouth following the dismissal of Brian Stock earlier in the season.

And he is now tasked with a sizeable rebuild to bounce back from relegation deflation to a successful following season, and he’ll be eager to keep hold of his key players in order to do just that.

Form:

Oldfield’s side have won just once in 2022 and haven’t tasted victory in their last 13 league matches.

The form guide sees the Terras sitting rock bottom, having picked up one points from their last 15 on offer, conceding 15 goals in that time.

Blues have accumulated nine points in that period, their most recent 1-0 defeat against Wrexham ending a run of three straight victories.

Maher’s side have only lost three matches at Roots Hall since November, and look to end the season strongly with two home fixtures.

From The Squad:

Kevin Maher:

"I can see a couple of changes at least," said Maher.

"We want to be fresh for Monday but we’ll see how everyone is."

Ollie Kensdale:

"Weymouth will come with no fear and it will be a tough game but it’s definitely one we’ll be looking to attack and win," said Kensdale.

"We want the three points in front of our fans."

Blues’ Team News:

Blues boss Maher suggested he may shuffle the pack with the game against the Terras just 48 hours after taking to the pitch in north Wales.

Tom Clifford remains out though, as the Head Coach suffers from a shortage of natural wingbacks.

Nathan Ralph and Kenny Clark will also still be missing for Blues.

Rhys Murphy, Abu Ogogo and Simeon Akinola are all sidelined.

Ref Watch:

Robert Whitton will referee proceedings as Blues meet the Terras.

He last visited Roots Hall in Phil Brown’s final victory as Blues boss in October, a 1-0 win over Eastleigh.

Whitton distributed four yellow cards on the evening, and over the course of 17 National League matches this season, he’s brandished 53 cautions, and one sending off.

Alongside him will be Shelby Elson and Craig Green, with Charles Martland as fourth official.

Tickets:

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:

Altrincham v Barnet

Boreham Wood v Wrexham

Chesterfield v Stockport County

Dagenham and Redbridge v Torquay United

Eastleigh v FC Halifax Town

Maidenhead United v Aldershot Town

Notts County v Dover Athletic

Solihull Moors v Bromley

Woking v King’s Lynn Town

Yeovil Town v Wealdstone

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.

 


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