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The Big Match Preview: Southend vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

12 April 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Southend United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 13th April 2019, k.o. 3pm
Roots Hall
Referee: David Coote

On the 19th of January, Southend won 4-0 at Bradford to move 10th in the table, and a week later, Wanderers overcame Plymouth to leapfrog the Essex club, with neither side even close to contemplating what was about to unfold.

But they've both been forced to endure torrid runs of form - Southend are winless in 13, and Wanderers have racked up a dozen games without a victory. Now they meet, again one place apart in the table, but this time it's 21st vs 20th, and time is running out with just five games remaining.

United's poor record in 2019 cost manager Chris Powell his job, and new manager Kevin Bond oversaw an improvement in performance on day one, taking the lead twice at Fleetwood but being forced to settle for a draw.

Gareth Ainsworth's men have been scratching their heads at the lack of return they've witnessed from some admirable performances of late, but a victory at this stage of proceedings which provide a massive boost to put distance between themselves and the bottom four, and help exorcise some demons from that 2015 play-off final...

Tickets
Tickets are now off sale, with 672 being snapped up by Chairboys fans so far.

Away supporters can pay on the day, though there is a price increase. Click here for details.

Team News
Southend are sweating on the fitness of Harry Bunn, Luke Hyam and Jason Demetriou, while Stephen McLaughlin is definitely out, but Stephen Humphrys should return in attack.

Wycombe hope to welcome back Nathan Tyson and Luke Bolton, while Matt Bloomfield could be forced to miss out after sustaining a knock last weekend.

Kit
Wanderers will be in their orange change strip.

Man in the middle
David Coote has officiated primarily in the top two tiers this season, showing 100 yellow and six red cards in 27 matches.

His last game involving the Blues was the 3-2 win at Luton in March 2015.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: SS2 6NQ

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at Junction 1A take the M25 North (signed Watford). From M25 take Junction 29 and follow the A127 to Southend. Continue towards the town centre, through the lights near to the Bell Pub. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd turning), continuing on the A127. The ground is on the right just past the next traffic lights.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 81 (approx. journey time 1 hour 30 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
I’ve read that if you turn right as you reach the ground, this will put you behind the away end where there is plenty of street parking to be found. Another option is to use the Southend High School for Boys which offers parking for £5 per car. The school entrance is on Prittlewell Road and is just 5-minutes’ walk from the ground.

Using the train?
From London Liverpool Street there is a regular c2c service to Southend Central with journey time around one hour. The station is about a 25-minute walk from the ground. The main bus station though is close to the station and buses do run to the ground.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 12,392 (All seated). Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand (on the Main Stand side of the ground) where up to 1,200 away supporters can be accommodated. The stand is covered, but there are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand that could impede your view. The ground has modern electronic turnstiles. Each match ticket has a bar code printed onto it and you insert the ticket into a bar code reader at the turnstile to gain admittance. The SUFC telephone number is 01702 304050.

Spare time on your hands?
Note that the “Spread Eagle” near to the ground is for home fans only. At the ground is the Shrimpers Bar that usually admits away supporters. Another option is the “Blue Boar” PH which is located on the main Victoria Road, just up from the ground (going towards Southend town centre) on one corner of the crossroads. There is also a good fish and chip shop located across the road from the Blue Boar by the traffic lights, called the 'Fish House'. The town centre is around a 20-minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs including a Wetherspoons outlet (the “Last Post” on Weston Road). There are a number of bars along the seafront. Another option is “The Bell” a large Toby Carvery, which you pass on your way into Southend on the A127.

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Match Reports

Report: Southend 0-2 Wycombe

Akinfenwa at the double!

13 April 2019

Adebayo Akinfenwa struck twice in quick succession to hand the Blues a priceless first win in 13 games against fellow strugglers Southend United at Roots Hall.

After a cagey and goalless first half, the Chairboys earned their rewards for fantastic hard work and endeavour when Akinfenwa slid home Scott Kashket’s low cross, and then headed home following a free-kick, before the defence did enough to secure the clean sheet.

Gareth Ainsworth named an unchanged side from the one that performed impressively without reward in the 1-0 loss to Charlton in midweek, with Matt Bloomfield returning to the bench at the expense of Ben Frempah.

Wanderers – in orange – made a bright start and earned a free-kick 25 yards out, which resulted in Dominic Gape’s low drive being blocked for a corner after Scott Kashket’s initial effort had struck the wall.

The visitors looked to press high up the pitch at every opportunity and that unsettled the hosts, who did just enough to prevent Adebayo Akinfenwa, Alex Samuel and Kashket from developing a shooting opportunity.

Southend moved the ball round well in attack, with Sam Mantom and Stephen Humphrys in particular linking up well with Simon Cox, and Timothee Dieng sent a header over a bar from a deep free-kick with their only real chance of the first half hour.

They were forced into a change when Jason Demetriou departed with an injury, as Elvis Bwomono took his place, before Akinfenwa had his first sight of goal, reaching Michael Harriman’s free-kick before the keeper but seeing his header land kindly for the keeper as it took a deflection which took away the pace of the ball.

Then Scott Kashket danced past two challenges as he drifted in from the right-hand side of the box but couldn’t keep his shot on target from 18 yards.

There were no changes at the break, but Wycombe began on the front foot again with Kashket looking lively down the right, finding acres of space in the box but penalised for a dive by referee David Coote as he went down under Harry Lennon’s challenge.

There was little between the sides, though Wanderers just looked the hungrier as they battled well against a well-drilled Southend defence, who weren’t able to help get things going higher up the pitch for the hosts. Their second change saw Stephen McLaughlin introduced for Michael Kightly, before Curtis Thompson drilled over from 25 yards and Alex Samuel looped an overhead kick over the bar.

Southend then introduced Emile Acquah for Stephen Humphrys, before Akinfenwa found himself in the referee’s notebook twice in succession… but the second occasion was the more notable. After being frustrated at being shown a yellow card for persistent fouling, the Beast found himself in the right place to slide home Scott Kashket’s delicious low cross following Nick Freeman’s clever reverse pass into the box.

And before Southend had time to adjust, they were two behind. Akinfenwa had waited two and a half months for a goal, and now had two in quick succession, looping a header home following a deep free-kick to spark pandemonium in the away end with less than 20 minutes remaining.

The hosts looked bewildered, and unable to summon any instant response, as Wycombe looked to close in on a long overdue clean sheet and three points. Akinfenwa was eventually withdrawn, with Paris Cowan-Hall taking his place, before the visitors survived a spell of pinball in their box following a corner.

But there was to be no late drama, and the long wait for a win is over – at the most crucial of times – as the Chairboys head into the Easter weekend looking to guarantee their League 1 survival.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Southend (A, 13/04)

Follow the Chairboys to Roots Hall.

1 March 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Southend United on Saturday 13th April (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 1,000 tickets for the fixture with more available upon request. Tickets will also be sold on the day (CASH ONLY) subject to availability with a price increase. Wanderers fans will be housed in the North Stand which is unreserved covered seating.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Advance Prices
Adult - £22
Senior (60+) - £15
Student (valid ID) - £14
Young Person (17-22) - £14
Disabled and free carer - £14 *
Junior (9-16) - £10
Under 9 (8 and under) - £4
Emergency services - £15 **

Matchday Prices
Adult - £25
Senior (60+) - £18
Student (valid ID) - £17
Young Person (17-22) - £17
Disabled and free carer - £17 *
Junior (9-16) - £12
Under 9 (8 and under) - £5

* Please note there is an adult/senior concession price for disabled supporters, all other disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with complimentary carer if required.

** Please note the Emergency Services price is NOT available on matchday for home or away fans so need to be purchased in advance.

Buy tickets online, call 01494 441 118 or book from the shop at Adams Park (10am to 5pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 12th April. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from Roots Hall from 1pm on the day of the game.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: SS2 6NQ

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at Junction 1A take the M25 North (signed Watford). From M25 take Junction 29 and follow the A127 to Southend. Continue towards the town centre, through the lights near to the Bell Pub. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd turning), continuing on the A127. The ground is on the right just past the next traffic lights.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 81 (approx. journey time 1 hour 30 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
I’ve read that if you turn right as you reach the ground, this will put you behind the away end where there is plenty of street parking to be found. Another option is to use the Southend High School for Boys which offers parking for £5 per car. The school entrance is on Prittlewell Road and is just 5-minutes’ walk from the ground.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11.30. Travel prices are £17 for adults, £16 for seniors, and £15 for juniors. The price for non-members is £22 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). The preferred way to book is by calling into the Caledonian Suite today. Non-members are required to pay at the time of booking their seat.  If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday 11th April 11th at 5pm. If booking by email please make sure you receive an acknowledgment. 

Using the train?
From London Liverpool Street there is a regular c2c service to Southend Central with journey time around one hour. The station is about a 25-minute walk from the ground. The main bus station though is close to the station and buses do run to the ground.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 12,392 (All seated). Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand (on the Main Stand side of the ground) where up to 1,200 away supporters can be accommodated. The stand is covered, but there are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand that could impede your view. The ground has modern electronic turnstiles. Each match ticket has a bar code printed onto it and you insert the ticket into a bar code reader at the turnstile to gain admittance. The SUFC telephone number is 01702 304050.

Spare time on your hands?
Note that the “Spread Eagle” near to the ground is for home fans only. At the ground is the Shrimpers Bar that usually admits away supporters. Another option is the “Blue Boar” PH which is located on the main Victoria Road, just up from the ground (going towards Southend town centre) on one corner of the crossroads. There is also a good fish and chip shop located across the road from the Blue Boar by the traffic lights, called the 'Fish House'. The town centre is around a 20-minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs including a Wetherspoons outlet (the “Last Post” on Weston Road). There are a number of bars along the seafront. Another option is “The Bell” a large Toby Carvery, which you pass on your way into Southend on the A127.

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