• Will Bewsey

Preview: All you need to know ahead of Wealdstone v Southend



THE DETAILS

Wealdstone FC vs Southend United

Vanarama National League match

Grosvenor Vale

3pm kick off, Saturday 24th September


TICKETS

Tickets can be bought on our ticketing website up until kick off! Also available for HOME fans only on the gate via cash or card.


With no Premier League or Championship football, season ticket holders in those two divisions can get in for £12!


Normal prices are:

£17 for adults

£12 concessions

£10 for 18–23-year-olds

£7 for under-18s.


THE CONTEXT

Wealdstone host a Southend United side who’ve endured a mixed start to the season, sitting in 17th place. The Shrimpers impressed many with their summer recruitment, and their side is unrecognisable from the team that drew 0-0 at The Vale in August 2021.


Kevin Maher, aided by the recruitment team including John Still and Stan Collymore, has brought in several well-known players at this level, such as forward Dan Mooney, popular centre-half Kacper Lopata, midfielder Cav Miley, and striker Jake Hyde.


They take on a Wealdstone side yet to lose at home in the division, and unbeaten in seven. The Stones are also buoyed by the addition of Lewis Kinsella, who will be back in the squad after a three-match ban following his red card against Yeovil. New signing Giovanni McGregor (below) is unavailable due to suspension.


ONE TO WATCH

Arguably Southend’s most impressive addition was highly sought-after forward Dan Mooney, who joined from Altrincham after his contract at the Cheshire side ended. The 23-year-old scored 12 goals in 36 games last season, and Southend swooped in quickly to secure his signature. He got off the mark against Oldham in a 1-0 home win in August, and if the Shrimpers are to rise up the table, Mooney will be key.


WHAT'S BEEN SAID?


Stones Tarryn Allarakhia: "I can't wait for this one. We love playing at home, we are confident as a team and we have really raised our game this season against the big boys. Southend are a big club and should bring plenty of fans, so it's another great chance for us to show what we are about as a team and a club."


Southend boss Kevin Maher: “A lot has changed here recently, we know what we’ve got in the changing room and we believe in the players and in the way we work. Sometimes the last thing to come is results, and when we get players on the pitch that can affect things, we’re a good side.”


DID YOU KNOW?

Southend are just one of eight sides to have a 100% win record against Manchester United. Their only game against the Red Devils came at Roots Hall in 2006, where a Freddy Eastwood goal saw the Shrimpers win 1-0.


FORM GUIDE

Stones:

Torquay United (H) 1-1 D (Browne)

Maidstone United (A) 1-1 D (Cook)

Woking (H) 1-1 D (Kretzschmar)

Yeovil Town (H) 0-0 D

Gateshead (A) 1-0 W (Browne)


Southend United:

Wrexham (H) 0-0 D

Chesterfield (A) 2-3 L (Powell, Dackers)

Torquay United (H) 1-2 L (Wreh)

Maidenhead United (H) 2-0 W (Scott-Morriss, Powell)

Eastleigh (A) 2-1 L (Powell)


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Played - 3

Won - 1

Drawn - 1

Lost - 1

LAST THREE MEETINGS

April 2022 – Southend United 0-1 Stones (Browne)

August 2021 – Stones 0-0 Southend United

November 1979 – Stones 0-1 Southend United


*Pictures by Mike Renny & Darren Campbell

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