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Ebbsfleet United v Southend United – Kuflink Stadium – Southend United v Boreham Wood – Roots Hall Stadium – Vanarama National League – Friday/Monday (3pm) – Preview

Wow! That was a bit special!

I predicted that a heavy Vanarama National League schedule might affect play-off contenders Solihull Moors, but you have to give Kevin Maher and his Southend United team credit for steadying the ship after an uneasy opening before systematically taking the home side apart in a brutal display on a damp evening at the ARMCO Arena

Congratulations to Oli Coker on his two goals and also to Marcus Dackers, the target of some criticism of late, but responding with arguably his best performance in a Southend shirt.

Leading marksman, Harry Cardwell added to an already impressive haul with his fifteenth goal of the season. Boss Maher was rightly satisfied: “We started sloppy, but once we got settled and made a few passes, we calmed ourselves down,” he explained. 

“We got ourselves into pockets and created overlaps and cutbacks that the first goal came from.

“The goal helped the confidence come back.

“You could feel a bit of apprehension to begin with for some reason, but once we got the goal, we took control of the game.”

The three-goal victory, as impressive as it was, is unlikely to have any real impact on our final league position. Nevertheless, it confirmed that on our day, we have a reasonable group, who with one or two experience additions at this level, could make an impact towards the top end of the table next season.

The result has certainly set us up nicely ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday fixtures with Ebbsfleet United and Boreham Wood.

But while Maher’s men extended their unbeaten league sequence to eleven matches, there are still clear issues off the pitch that require clarity.

CEO Tom Lawrence told BBC Essex on March 8: “A step needs to be taken by the council that involves them doing a due diligence exercise on the movement of dwellings from this site to the Fossett’s site so we can stay where we are.

“We are all now waiting for the council to go through that process.”

But with contracts exchanged between the consortium and Ron Martin back in December, fans are beginning to question just why is it taking so long.

It’s high time that Southend Borough Council threw some light on the matter. We are not just supporters, but constituents, whom they are elected to serve. Keeping the supporters largely in the dark is hugely unfair when you take into consideration everything else we have put up with. Time for some honesty and transparency from their corner. Nothing is ever easy where Southend – as a city as well as a football club – is concerned We wait with bated breath.

Back to football. Around 2,000 Blues supporters are heading over the Bridge on Friday to Ebbsfleet (they’ll always be Gravesend & Northfleet as far as I’m concerned). 

Danny Searle has done a decent job since taking the reigns in mid-February. Indeed, the Kent club have lost only one of his eight games at teh helm, lifting them two points clear of the relegation zone in the process.

Boreham Wood provides the opposition at Roots Hall on Monday afternoon. 

The Hertfortshire-based club are without a win in five ahead of their clash with Dagenham & Redbridge on Friday. A sequence which has seen them slip into the dropzone with games running out.

Although the Southend race appears to be run for the season with mid-table security seemingly achieved. There is still plenty to play for around us, with just six points separating the Daggers, in twelfth, from Boreham Wood, placed twenty-first.

With just five matches of the campaign remaining, the fan’s focus is already turning towards next season. Firstly, I’d like some sort of assurance from the council that the most turbulent period in the history of Southend United Football Club isn’t about to take another chunk out of our collective backsides by a pesky undotted ‘i’ or uncrossed ‘t’! 

Jeevesie’s predictions;

Ebbsfleet United 1-1 Southend United

Southend United 2-0 Boreham Wood


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