PRE-MATCH TALKING POINTS – SOUTHEND (A) by Danny Burnell

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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

FAREWELLS

There’s no doubt that Sunday will be the last time we see some of those lads in Yellow. Little could have already played his last game after limping off at Stockport, same with MacDonald. The likes of Lewis, Wynter, Connor & Wright have big question marks over the TUFC careers, and if rumours are anything to go off, a major overhaul n the summer is looking likely. Just who turns up on day 1 of pre-season training remains to be seen, but it will certainly be an end of an era for a lot of the squad. A squad that was pivotal in last season’s near-miss, and even in the NLS title winning campaign.

Wynter has over 140 appearances under his belt, Connor likewise. Lewis, Asa, Little all 80+, so losing these men will leave a bitter pill in the Yellow Army’s throat. If Football League clubs come calling, you can hardly blame them for moving. A footballer’s career is short, and with these players nearing or entering their prime, if they are to make the move, you feel it will probably be now. 

I sincerely hope I am wrong and the core of this squad stays together, but just in case, let’s give those lads the send off’s they deserve. 

HALSTEAD’S CHANCE

Halstead will be in the XI on Sunday, baring a miracle recovery from Mac. A season in which he has struggled to establish himself as #1. Played well by all accounts in the 2nd half at Edgeley Park, and Sunday will see him get his first start since the Trophy defeat to Tonbridge last December. In a way, it’s a nice game to come in to. No pressure on either side, somewhat of a carnival atmosphere at Roots Hall one would think in what is a final day dead rubber. Get behind the keeper and show him the Yellow Army love!

FINAL DAY

It’s a rarity for the Gulls to be involved with a final day fixture with little importance. When the fixtures came pout last July, all eyes were on 15th May at Roots Hall as the possible 2004 re-incarnation. As it were, Torquay will be playing for pride, with a 9th place finish up the grabs. The hosts will be looking to secure 12th spot in a fairly disappointing season for them. Both sides, as they have for a number of weeks now, will have eyes on next season, where they will both be expecting to push at least the play-offs. With two of the so-called big hitters potentially on their way up, you’d think next campaign will give an opportunity to challenge once more for these two ex-football league clubs.

MIDFIELD

Who starts in midfield on Sunday is anyone’s guess. Hall remains injured, Little looks set to be out. Lapslie was once again absence on Wednesday, leaving a midfield duo of Johnson & Felix. The latter has found game time hard to come by since his move from Billericay, and all indications point to him being released in the summer. Young Alex Moyse made it to the bench mid-week, so it might be a chance for him to showcase his talent in front of a expected healthy crowd. 

COYY – Danny


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