One Day It’ll All Make Sense…

Boreham Wood v Southend United – Vanarama National League – Meadow Park – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

Four Vanarama National League victories on the bounce – Six without defeat – Seven points off the play-off places – Oh, and Justin Rees is buying the beers…

…What could possibly go wrong?

Again, I remain cautious. Ron Martin’s exit from Southend United has been signalled and drawn out but is yet to be completed. 99.99 per cent done is not one hundred per cent. And although we are told there is nothing to worry about, I’d rather crack open the champagne when the deal is done.

At that point, actions will speak louder than words. The latter has meant very little to those of us who have continually called it out over the years. Southend United has great potential going forward. But it did going back too. potential can only be realised by those at the helm. Excited and optimistic? I’ll wait and see.

Nevertheless, on the pitch, Kevin Maher’s team continue to impress and build momentum. I actually didn’t think we got out of second gear against Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday evening. However, that still proved amply enough to secure the three points after seeing off the Kent outfit by three unanswered goals.

Indeed, Oli Coker and Gus Scott-Morriss found the next in exquisite fashion, and while Jack Wood’s neat finish was a little more routine, Mauro Vilhete’s role in the move is not to be underestimated.

Again, the football was easy on the eye. Meanwhile, supporters are returning in their droves with an impressive 6,339 in attendance.

Southend United 3-0 Ebbsfleet United (Courtesy of Southend United Media)

Understandably, Maher was delighted with his teams’ toil: “I’m unbelievably proud. We said in the dressing room that it’s almost a better result than Saturday because it’s always difficult to go again on a Tuesday night with the numbers we’ve got, but it’s an incredible result.

“I would’ve taken 1-0 at half-time all day long, and it felt like one of those games where we had to score early on. Once we looked after the ball a bit I thought we were good. The first one was a great finish from Cokes, we know he’s got that and he’s done it before.

“They looked dangerous on the counter but we play on the front foot and go after teams. We got to them eventually; I’d have liked us to do a touch better with it after we turned it over, but eventually our press told.”

Indeed, off the back of a ten-point deduction, to be in fourteenth place, almost as close to the play-off places as we are to the relegation zone is quite phenomenal. And while we have largely given the management and players a free hit during these troubled times, it is refreshing that they have turned that luxury down and insisted on providing honesty and integrity, both on and off the pitch, commodities that are all too rare in the modern game, where loyalty and professional pride come at a premium.

In the meantime, Southend head to Boreham Wood. A side that perhaps surprisingly has struggled during the first quarter of the campaign, but will undoubtedly have received a boost from Tuesday’s 3-1 triumph at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Again, I’m cautiously optimistic ahead of the game. Recent performances suggest this is a game Southend can win. However, taking into consideration that three of our five defeats have come against AFC Fylde, York City and Dorking Wanderers, all teams below us in the table, coupled with the wear and tear on a small squad provided by Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday matches, this one might prove a little more tricky than some might suggest.

Continued momentum and a push for the pay-offs have lept to the top of some fan’s agenda. For me, there is a bigger picture. We turn the page and find out the next chapter on November 17.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Boreham Wood 1-1 Southend United

Brian Jeeves