Cold Weather Blues…

Southend United v Altrincham – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

For a second time, freezing weather conditions oversaw the postponement of Southend United’s Vanarama National League clash with Wealdstone at Roots Hall Stadium.

Indeed, five of the six scheduled league fixtures for Tuesday fell foul of the elements. Top of the table Chesterfield proved to be the exception, seeing off this Saturday’s visitors, Altrincham, at the SMH Group Stadium by the odd goal in three.

As a result, it is very much a case of ‘as you were’ for the Blues, who sit in twelfth place, seven points clear of the relegation zone and likewise from Rochdale, who occupies the final play-off place.

Speculation surrounding a move for Rushall Olympics talented marksman Danny Waldron continues to gather pace. The 27-year-old frontman has netted sixteen times for the National League North outfit. Indeed, The Pics boss, Liam McDonald recently confirmed that the West Midlanders have consented to an offer for the player from a team higher up in the leagues. Should Southend complete a deal, Waldron would be an ideal addition to a team which creates, but all too often passes up opportunities to put games to bed.

Anyway… erm… well… as it stands, that’s about it for now, and with the icy conditions still biting, there is every chance that this weekend’s match could tumble as well. Nevertheless, should the clash prevail, the Blues face an Altrincham side among the play-off places, despite Tuesday’s setback.

Chris Conn-Clarke netted Alty’s goal at Chesterfield – his fourteenth of the campaign. Recent form has been patchy, with just one win coming from their last five games, a dramatic 3-2 triumph over Barnet at the J.Davidson Stadium. the match also provides a welcome return to Dan Mooney, who recently returned to Altrincham following a year and a bit at Roots Hall, during which he appeared forty-seven times and scored three goals.

Some might see Phil Parkinson’s side as something of a surprise package in the race for promotion. However, having firmly established themselves in the non-league top flight following promotion in 2020 and turning full-time professional two years later, they are well-placed to make the step up. Blues boss, Kevin Maher tended to agree: “We’re coming up against a team that are so consistent and deserve to be where they are because they’re one of the best teams in the league,” he explained.

Meanwhile, we remain in something of a transition. Growing stronger, with a sprinkling of potential, identified, employed and deployed towards a brighter future for Southend United Football Club.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-1 Altrincham

Brian Jeeves