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Great Wakering Rovers v Southend United – Friendly Match – Burroughs Park – Report
Great Wakering Rovers 0-2 Southend United
Southend United began their pre-season preparations with a victory over Pitching In Isthmian League Great Wakering Rovers in front of a record attendance at Burroughs Park.
Rover boss Steve Butterworth hoped for a sizable audience, and with the thunder and lightning passing, fans responded with 1,500 flocking through the turnstiles, albeit mainly casting an eye over Phil Brown’s new-look Blues.
The crowd witnessed a fairly low key affair. Shaun Hobson’s header flashed across goal as the visitors’ – keen to impress – created the first clear-cut opportunity.
Matt Dennis, trialling with Southend following his release from Norwich City – twice tested Rovers stopper, Tim Brown. And the one-time Canaries man was involved in Southend’s opening goal. Perry Dunn was clumsy on the frontman as he burst into the box – Jason Demetriou dispatching the resulting spot-kick.
Jack Bridge passed up several reasonable opportunities. Rovers defended stoutly – Blues, a little sloppy and clearly in need of further game time.
Brown changed all ten outfield players ahead of the second period and the fresh group swiftly went about doubling the Blues advantage – Trialist, Hamzad Kargbo nodding home from close range after a remarkable double save from the luckless Brown in the Rovers goal.
Perry Dunn headed into the midriff of Harry Seaden as the Rovers – workmanlike throughout – offered a threat of their own.
In truth, the home side appeared reasonably comfortable. Southend lacked creativity. Certainly, there are more questions than answers for boss Brown.
Southend United return to action on Friday, July 23 when a West Ham United XI visit Roots Hall Stadium (7:45pm). Meanwhile, Great Wakering Rovers entertain Athletic Newham at Burroughs Park on Saturday 24 (3pm).
Great Wakering Rovers: Tim Brown, Tamerson Eyong, Shay Rose, Perry Dunn, Louie Haye, Connor Martin, Sam Carter, George Cox (Capt), Jake Gordon, Charlie Morris, Billy Harris
Great Wakering Rovers substitutes: Martin Touhy, Billy Johnson, Lewis Jaggs, Sam Dulieu, Jaiden Babalola
Southend United (first-half): Harry Seaden, Jason Demetriou, Shaun Hobson, Miles Mitchell-Nelson, Tom Clifford, Terrell Egbri, James Dunne, Abu Ogogo, Jack Bridge, Trialist (Matt Dennis), Trialist (Deon Moore)
Southend United (second-half): Harry Seaden, Rob Howard, John White, Tommy Davis, Charlie Sayers, Louis Walsh, Nathan Ferguson, Trialist C, Harry Phillips, Trialist D (Hamzad Kargbo), Trialist E
Goals: Jason Demetriou (penalty) 21’, Trialist (Hamzad Kargbo) 48’
Referee: Aaron Farmer
Assistants: Jamie Pope and Liam Tatum