Crawford at the double for patched up Shrimpers

21 Mar

Southend United ended their recent mini-slump with a 4-0 thrashing of Hereford United at Roots Hall last night. In truth the score somewhat flattered Southend after an opening half hour saw the teams evenly matched and Barry Corr lucky not to be sent off. The Irish striker had already been booked before a second late challenge saw him only receive a warning from the tubby referee. A let-off for Southend.

After 20 minutes the Shrimpers were forced to change their formation after left back Johnny Herd was injured. This proved to be to the home team’s advantage, as Ryan Hall moved to left back and Harry Crawford came on as a third striker alongside Corr and Blair Sturrock. On 36 minutes the young striker reacted well to a loose ball and lobbed Hereford keeper Bartlett to put Southend one up at the break.

In the second half Hereford still had a fair bit of possession but proved ineffective in the final third, although Glenn Morris pulled off a sharp point blank save to keep Southend ahead.

However, two quick goals in as many minutes by Barry Corr sealed the game, the first after a Lee Sawyer shot had been blocked, and the second a header after a Sean Clohessy free kick had been nodded back across the box. That killed the game as a contest and in injury time Southend added a fourth, Crawford converting a penalty after Clohessy was brought down in the box by Joe Colbeck, who was harshly sent off.

A good win against a Hereford side which would not have scored if they were still playing now. The play offs still are in sight but realistically I do not think we are good enough or will make them, but we must be happy for survival this season. Sadly once more the off the pitch financial shenanigans continue to blight us, will we be next season’s Stockport?

A crowd of 5056 was allegedly in attendance, although it looked thinner.

Good banter in the south upper amongst the four AAS boys who turned up, including Neville Roach chants, desperate attempts to think of insults to Hereford’s Bartlett (we failed), and quote of the night: “Ed is your girlfriend human?”. Don’t ask.

On a personal note I was glad to break my season’s duck and finally see us win at the seventh time of trying.

Ed Beavan

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