Fourteen unbeaten as Blues fight back

Brian Jeeves

Wealdstone v Southend United – Vanarama National League – Grosvenor Vale – Report

Wealdstone 1-2 Southend United

Southend United came from behind to edge out relegation-threatened Wealdstone and extend their unbeaten Vanarama National League run to fourteen matches.

Blues boss, Kevin Maher, expected a test from the struggling North Londoners: “They’ve obviously changed their manager, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do and how they go about it. We’ve watched a lot of their games, and I’m sure they won’t change too much, but a new manager might want to look at changing shape,” he explained.

“Anyone that’s down there fighting for their lives is a test, so we’ve got to do the basics right and also get to the level of performance that we think we can get to.”

Nevertheless, Southend were to do it the hard way, falling behind to a Manny Duku strike just after the half-hour mark.

Blues skipper, Nathan Ralph levelled the score on the cusp of half-time. Then Cav Miley netted his first goal of the season in spectacular fashion to win it for the Seasiders.

The win lifted Southend into ninth place, four points shy of the play-off places. They return to Vanarama National League action on Saturday, April 13 when they face AFC Fylde at Mill Farm (3pm).

Wealdstone: Dewhurst, Cook, Barker, Ferguson (Kretzschmar 81′), Mundle-Smith, Barrett, Allarakhia, De Silva, Bowen (Young 68′), Henry, Duku (Adarkwa 51′) Subs not used: Obiero, Cesay

Southend United: Andeng-Ndi, Scott-Morriss, Ralph, Miley, Taylor, Kensdale, Bridge (Woodman 90+3′), Morton (Fonguck 65′), Coker, Cardwell, Waldron (Dackers 73′) Subs not used: Wood, Demetriou

Referee: Robert Massey-Ellis 

Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and Peter Wilson

Fourth Official: Tommy Breen

Attendance: 2,025


Brian Jeeves