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Southend Preview - We welcome The Seasiders to The EnviroVent

25 March 2021

Town are once again on home soil this weekend as we welcome Southend United in what is the reverse of our first ever Football League fixture.



And what an introduction it was to League Two as goals from Aaron Martin, Lloyd Kerry and a Jack Muldoon brace saw us announce our arrival with a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

With just ten games remaining we will be looking to finish the season with a flourish with a Wembley date to look forward to and playoff aspirations very much still in play.

Recent form

Whilst Town are currently in the mid-table positions with a keen eye on the sides immediately above us, Saturday's visitors are in the midst of a battle at the wrong end of the table as they seek to avoid back-to-back relegations.

The 4-0 opening day defeat was the start of a run that saw them winless in their first 11 games and post just a solitary victory in their opening 15 matches, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table.

Form did improve, but they come into the game having won once in their last ten games, a run that has also seen them score once in six games.

Saturday's opponents currently sit second bottom in the table and six points from safety.

The Man in Charge

After a difficult relegation from League One in the 2019/20 season, 39-year-old Mark Molesley was appointed Manager after guiding Weymouth to promotion from National League South.

During his playing days Molesley represented a number of clubs, including Hayes, Cambridge, Aldershot and Bournemouth

Ones to Watch

Hitting the target has proved to be the biggest stumbling block for the side this season, with them having scored just 22 times – the lowest total in the division.

They will look to Nathan Ferguson, who arrived from Crawley in January, to provide a creative spark and he has two goals and an assist since his arrival.

Ferguson will be supported by Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, another loanee – from Portsmouth – who has posted significant minutes in attack as Molesley looked to instil a change in fortunes following the opening of the January window.

At the back youngster Shaun Hobson and veteran John White will be relied upon to keep the Town attack at bay.

History

Although Southend have spent the majority of their time in the league in the lower two divisions, they did have a six-year consecutive spell in the second tier of English football in the early-mid 1990's under the stewardship of notable managers David Webb, who steered them to a 12th place finish in 1992.

Roots Hall, their home since 1955 has a current capacity of 12,392 but saw 31,090 squeeze in for the visit of Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round in 1979.

Southend's most decorated player is Alan Moody, who pulled on a blue shirt 504 times in the 1970's and early 1980's, whilst Roy Hollis is their leading goalscorer of all-time, netting 135 times in all competitions in the 1950's.

Team News

Simon Weaver has no new injury concerns heading into the game with Joe Cracknell, Lloyd Kerry, Mitchell Roberts and Josh Andrews all having returned to full training this week.

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