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Steve Harris previews the game at Roots Hall
SOUTHEND UNITED vs TORQUAY UNITED
Venue: Roots Hall
Date: September 2nd, 2022
Southend: L, D, D, W, L, W
Torquay: D, W, L, L, L, L
HEAD TO HEAD
Southend: Callum Powell (2)
Torquay: Brett McGavin/Ross Marshall (1)
Year founded: 1906
Nickname: The Shrimpers
Last season’s league finish: 13th in National League
Division Three/Division Two/League One:
Division Four/Division Three/League Two:
MANAGER: KEVIN MAHER
Former Southend midfielder Kevin Maher returned to Roots Hall in October 2021, as the successor to Phil Brown and has helped to steer the Blues away from the foot of the National League table since his arrival.
A former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Maher spent a decade with Southend between 1998 and 2008, after joining on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. During this time, he captained the Blues to back-to-back promotion from League Two to the Championship in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
Spells with Oldham Athletic, Gillingham and Dagenham & Redbridge followed before he began his coaching career with Chelmsford City in 2015. He then returned to Roots Hall to coach the Blues’ Under-21 and youth sides before he was appointed as Under-21 manager.
In 2019, he joined Bristol Rovers as first team coach and had two spells as caretaker manager of the Pirates prior to his appointment as Brown’s successor at Roots Hall.
PLAYER TO WATCH: DAN MOONEY
Capped by Wales at Under-19 and Under-21 levels, Dan Mooney joined the Shrimpers from Altrincham in the close season – after finishing the 2021-22 campaign as Alty’s top scorer with 13 goals in all competitions.
Mooney had originally joined Altrincham midway through their National League North promotion winning campaign of 2019-20 from Fleetwood Town. He had previously progressed through the youth academy of the Cod Army and had enjoyed loan spells with Chorley and Chester FC before he arrived at Moss Lane in February 2020.
Position: Right Midfield
Date of Birth: 3rd July, 1999 – 23 Years Old
International: Wales U21 (4 Caps/0 Goals)
Former Clubs: Fleetwood, Chester, Altrincham,
NL Stats 22-23: Played 5, Goals Scored 1, Yellow/Red 0/0
Southend: Rhys Murphy
PREVIOUS HEAD TO HEAD
SOUTHEND UNITED 1-1 TORQUAY UNITED
15th May 2022
James Dunne scored his second goal of the season to ensure 10-man Southend ended the National League season with a point on the final day of the 2021-22 campaign against Torquay.
The visitors took the lead in added time at the end of the first half when Chiori Johnson charged down an attempted clearance before calmly dinking the ball over goalkeeper Steve Arnold.
Southend’s chances of mounting a comeback looked slim when captain Jason Demetriou was shown a straight red card in the 57th minute for a foul on Ben Wynter.
However, Harrison Neal struck the bar with a long-range effort before Dunne got the home side back on level terms in the 76th minute with a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
The result means Southend ended the season 13th in the table, two places and eight points behind the Gulls, who finished in 11th.
Southend United (3-4-3):
Collin Andeng Ndi
Shaun Hobson – Ollie Kensdale – Louis Lomas
Gus Scott-Morriss – Cav Miley – Wes Fonguck – Tom Clifford
Dan Mooney – Aaron Cosgrave – Callum Powell
Torquay United (3-5-2):
Ross Marshall – Ali Omar – Dean Moxey
Dylan Crowe – Brett McGavin – Asa Hall – Shaun Donnellan – Ben Wyatt
Corie Andrews – Will Goodwin