Ferdinand strike frustrates Blues

Southend United v Maidenhead United – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Report

Southend United 1-1 Maidenhead United

A second-half strike from former Southend United man, Kane Ferdinand left his one-time employers frustrated as Maidenhead United escaped Roots Hall Stadium with a share of the Vanarama National League spoils.

Off the back of winning at Altrincham ten days ago, Southend were looking to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three.

Rhys Murphy fired the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time after Sam Dalby had fashioned an opening. However, that aside, Southend had struggled to find any rhythm against a Maidenhead side sitting below them on goal difference following a 3-0 defeat at Barnet last time out.

Rhys Murphy scored his ninth goal of the season during Southend United’s 1-1 draw with Maidenhead United (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Josh Kelly provided the Magpies biggest threat, while Murphy passed up a decent opportunity of his own to double the home sides advantage. But Maidenhead deserved something from the game. Midway through the second period, Ferdinand thumped home an equaliser, much to the agitation of the home crowd.

The draw lifted both sides a place up the table, with Weymouth slipping into the dropzone. Southend United return to Vanarama National League action on Saturday, December 11 when they take on Notts County at Meadow Lane (3pm).

Southend United: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Murphy, Dalby, Ferguson, Walsh (Egbri 65’), Atkinson (Gard 82’), Lopata, Demetriou (Capt), Brunt Subs not used: Dunne, Clifford, Rush

Maidenhead United: Holden, Wells, Parry, Clerima, Ferdinand, Smith (Sparkes 62’), Acquah (Blissett 64’), Upward, Kelly, Massey (Capt), Adams Subs not used: Sendles-White, Burley, Beckwith

Referee: Scott Tallis
Assistants: Alan Cresswell and Farai Hallam
Fourth Official: Aaron Conn

Attendance: 4,928 (27 from Maidenhead United)

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Brian Jeeves

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