Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word…

Southend United v Aldershot Town – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

We won! 

Two of the new signings opened their goalscoring accounts – We ended our recent winless and goalless sequence, keeping the proverbial ‘relegation wolf’ from the door, albeit only on goal difference.

On this occasion, I was wrong. I’m delighted I was wrong. There, you see, it was that difficult to admit, was it?

The victory lifted some of the recent gloom and thrilled boss, Kevin Maher: “I’m delighted because it’s the least we’ve deserved. We started the game ever so well and got a goal from a set piece, which Crowths has been threatening to do.,” he enthused.

“In the first half hour or so, we were in control and we had balls going into the box.

“Then they grew into the game – they cause everyone trouble here and they got a set piece. It was a bit disappointing from our point of view in terms of the organisation, so it would’ve been easy to crumble, but it was a great response.

“You’ll never come to Maidenhead and not have to work hard. I know they’re going through a difficult spell but they’re a real tough team to play against.” 

Of course, as I mentioned, two of our newest recruits, Adam Crowther and Danny Waldron netted their first goals in a Southend shirt. The latter provides a stylish run and finish – not too dissimilar to Stan Collymore in his pomp – to claim the points.

But with others picking up points, the battle to avoid the drop remains on a knife-edge. Southend desperately needs to cobble together a run of results, which isn’t going to be easy in what has proved to be a ruthless environment.

On the downside, similarly to the game at Barnet, a small section of the Blues support was involved in unsavoury incidents. Again, I’m mentioning it in this column. This has no place in football, particularly at a time when we are trying to encourage families and particularly children to matches. No doubt, the incident was a two-way thing, but from a Southend perspective, the club needs to act and stamp this out. Indeed, it should be them pointing this out, not me. Hopefully, they are listening! 

But let’s try to remain as positive as we can. Anything other than a victory would have seen Southend drop into the bottom four. We didn’t, but keeping our head above water against an Aldershot Town side, amongst the lay-off contenders, is going to be a tall order.

The Shots are currently in fifth place, having won three of their last four, and are perhaps a bit of a surprise package this season.

A late goal from Kwame Thomas earned Tommy Widdrinton’s met a notable victory over fellow play-off contenders Barnet last time out. Lorent Tolaj, Joshua Stokes and Jack Barham lead their goalscoring charts with seventeen, sixteen and thirteen between them. Blues will need to show a steely resilience to back up Tuesday’s good work.

But I’d like to think that the win in Berkshire has given everybody a lift. Saturday’s result won’t define our campaign, but does provide an opportunity to prove we have come out the other side are are ready to start climbing the table.

A point isn’t out of reach, and I expect us to claim one, extending the unbeaten run to three. 

There you go, who said it’s all gloom and doom?

Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-1 Aldershot Town

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Brian Jeeves

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