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Southend United v Chesterfield – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Report
Southend United 0-4 Chesterfield
Angry Southend United supporters staged a pitch invasion during the second half of their four-goal Vanarama National League hammering at the hands of Chesterfield as opposition towards beleaguered Chairman, Ron Martin continues to gather momentum.
Blue fans had promised to brandish red cards and call for the resignation of Chairman Ron Martin, 19 minutes and six seconds into the contest. Their actions were sparked slightly ahead of schedule – Danny Rowe firing a crisp, right-footed drive low beyond Steve Arnold from just outside the box. Chesterfield ahead, their timing impeccable – the crowd further agitated.
Rowe’s ran into heavy traffic after slipping into a dangerous position – Jason Demetriou with a timely interception as the Spireites looked set to double their advantage. But Rowe and Chesterfield were not to be denied. A skip and a shuffle followed by a low, angled effort. Arnold deceived at his near post – the Blues already looking a well-beaten side and subsequently booed from the field at the break.
Phil Brown replaced the ineffective Kargbo and Kimpioka with Rhys Murphy and Terrell Egbri – the former a whisker away from reducing the arrears with his first touch after the restart. But within a minute, Jeff King centred – Saidou Khan arrived at the far post to direct beyond Arnold for Chesterfield’s third of the afternoon.
The crowds’ anger was replaced by disbelief and silence, but that was about to drastically change. Does one wonder how much more they will be put through before the sun shines upon the club again?
Chesterfield goalkeeper, Scott Loach did well to push aside a stinging effort from James Dunne – It had taken the Blues seventy minutes to register a shot on target. But when Nathan Ralph bundled over Kabongo Tshimanga, Rowe dispatched the resulting spot-kick, claiming the match ball in the process and sparking further calls from the home crowd for Mr Martin’s departure.
The goals sparked a pitch invasion from disgruntled Southend supporters, their Chesterfield counterparts offering support from the North Bank – their own club having experienced ownership issues of their own in the past.
Ralph cleared off the line from Jim Kellerham, while Sayer did likewise to thwart Laurence Maguire. But the result appeared completely irrelevant to a large percentage of the Roots Hall faithful. The future of their club was now very much the focal point of their actions.
Blues remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
Southend United now turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup where they will face Chertsey Town in the fourth qualifying round stage at Roots Hall Stadium on Saturday, October 16 (3pm).
Southend United: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Bridge, Dunne (Capt), Ferguson, Atkinson (Dalby 61’), Sayers, Kargbo (Murphy 46’), Demetriou, KImpioka (Egbri 46’) Subs not used: Howard, Walsh
Chesterfield: Loach, Miller, Maguire, Gunning, Kerr (Grimes 32’), King, Weston (Oyeleke 68’), Kellermann, Khan (Mandeville 66’), Rowe, Tshimanga Subs not used: Tyson, Whittle
Goals: Danny Rowe 19’, 40’, 71 (penalty), Saidou Khan 49’
Referee: Scott Tallis
Assistants: Jonathan Block and Christopher Myatt
Fourth Official: Charles Martland
Attendance: 4,625 (375 from Chesterfield)