Southend (H) Match Preview

A chance to put Tuesday’s defeat at Salford behind us, and help Southend back to their rightful home in the Conference when the Shrimpers come to the Abbey on Saturday.

A win for the Essex side mid-week lifts them from the seat of the table, but they’re still six points behind fellow non-league no-hopers Stevenage. United on the other hand sit top, aided in part by Southend’s win over Newport. After a game to forget on Tuesday, it will be down to Manager of the Month Mark Bonner to react and get us back to winning ways.

We don’t expect too many changes from the side that lost at Salford, despite his mistakes on Tuesday Okedina has shown himself to be a decent centre back and should retain his place alongside Greg. Midfield will probably see Wes come in for Shilow Tracey, although Paul Digby may not be ready in time, so Drysdale will likely partner Adam May in the middle. Up front, expect to see Joe Ironside in for Knibbs.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Okedina, Taylor, Dunk, Hannant, May, Drysdale, Hoolahan, Ironside, Mullin

On the bench, Liam O’Neil will offer an option in midfield and Aji Alese provides cover at the back.

Who’s Their Player To Watch? Alan McCormack was a busy little bastard in our win at Roots Hall last month, spending about as much time moaning at the ref and trying to fight our players than he did on the ball. He’s shite, so shouldn’t present much threat, but will be one to keep an eye on.

Who’s In The Dugout? Mark Molesley. Nothing to say about him really.

What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W1, D0, L4, For 4, Against 11

Any Ex-United Players? Still just Harry Lennon, he of three loan appearances in 2014

Last Time Out: Southend 1-2 Cambridge, January 19 2021

Only a few weeks ago, goals from Jack Iredale and Joe Ironside gave the U’s an important win.

From The Archive: Cambridge 2-1 Southend, February 25 1990

Goals from Shaggy and Alan Kimble plus the rare sight of goalie John Vaughan getting ‘megged.

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