Wakering Sports 0-2 Old Southendian Reserves
Prokit UK Essex Olympian League Division Two
Newly-promoted Old Southendian Reserves picked up where they left off at the end of last season, getting their campaign underway with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Wakering Sports at cupids.
The game marked Ben Manley and David Stubbs first competitive game in the Old Boys hot seat and the pair couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Stubbs himself handed the visitors the advantage in an opening period in which his side asked the lion’s share of the opportunities.
However, it was Wakering to asked the sterner questions after the break, with goalkeeper, Peter Lovedale, and defender, Greg Smith, averting the danger on several occasions.
But Old Southendian were not to be denied. Substitute, Greg Molford added a second to kill the contest, much to the delight of boss, Manley.
“It was our first game in management today so we are well pleased with the win,” he told Yellow Sport.
“David and I have been so proud to represent the club playing for a combined total of 35 years so to represent them in management was a great feeling.
“And it felt even better after 90 to get the win. We had to dig deep at times and we certainly need to get fitter but to win our first game in a derby and keep a clean sheet was very pleasing.
“It was a good all-round performance. All credit to Wakering who had a couple of good chances but I think we did enough to win the game.”