Southend United failed to return to winning ways as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by the already relegated Weymouth at Roots Hall this afternoon.
Kevin Maher’s side dominated proceedings, but could never gain an advantage over the visitors, who were resolute in defence to make it a cagey affair in Blues’ penultimate match of the 21/22 campaign.
Josh McQuoid even gave the visitors the lead against the run of play through Josh McQuoid, but the hosts drew the game level four minutes after half time as Callum Powell scored his second goal of the season.
But the winger, who was one of three changes to the starting line-up that took to the field against Wrexham, failed to convert a penalty in the second half as both sides took a share of the spoils.
Blues began the game in the ascendancy, and nearly opened the scoring eight minutes in.
Excellent skill by Jack Bridge opened up space for the winger to drill a ball into the box, Lewis Gard’s strike was blocked by a sea of bodies, before Powell had a shot blocked off the line, with the subsequent header by Joe Gubbins being held with ease by Ross Fitzsimons.
Maher’s side applied relentless pressure with Powell causing issues for the opposing defence, he found himself following up Will Atkinson’s saved header, but he shot just over.
Again, Powell won the ball from the Terras’ backline, but he shot wide with his left foot six minutes before half time.
The visitors, who had yet to threaten Blues’ goal, took a surprise lead a minute later.
Omar Mussa turned the hosts’ defence inside out with a neat through ball, and McQuoid was completely free to slot the ball past the onrushing Steve Arnold.
Despite Maher’s team’s dominance, Fitzsimons had yet to be forced into much action, but just two minutes after half time he had to keep out Bridge’s cross.
However, the hosts finally found their breakthrough to level the game in the 49th minute.
Powell again proved to be a thorn in David Oldfield’s outfit’s side when he struck an effort past Fitzsimons after being played into the box by a neat reverse pass by substitute Matt Dennis.
Much like the first half, Southend were dominating their opponents and, in attempt to take the lead, Leon Davies shot over from inside the area just shy of the hour mark.
Taking the lead remained illusive for Blues, and that continued despite Robert Whitton awarding Maher’s side a penalty 19 minutes before time as Bridge was fouled.
Powell was adamant that he’d take the kick, but he saw his effort saved by Fitzsimons, the ‘keeper diving to his left to keep the game level.
The hosts continued to hold Weymouth in their final third, but ultimately lacked the cutting edge to defeat the relegated Terras.
Southend United – Arnold, Hobson, Bridge, Powell (Wood 82), Gard (Benton 68’), Gubbins, Atkinson, Neal, Davies, Kensdale, Cardwell (Dennis 45’).
Weymouth – Fitzsimons, Greenwood, Cordner, Mussa (Bearwish 68’), McQuoid (McBurnie 74’), Mnoga, Robinson, Drewe, Mampala (Rose 61’), Buse, Carlyle.
Referee: Robert Whitton
Assistants: Shelby Elson & Jack Fagg
Fourth Official: Charles Martland
Southend United: Powell (49’)
Weymouth: McQuoid (40’)
Weymouth: Cordner (14’) Drewe (37’) Carlyle (42’)
Attendance: 5323 (42)