Broadhall Way is the venue for tomorrows intriguing League Two clash between hosts Stevenage Borough and Southend United in a a game where both sides will be aiming for all of the three points on offer. Stevenage managed to end their four game winless run last weekend when a 3-1 victory at strugglers Hartlepool lifted them up to the fringes of the play offs.
Under manager Graeme Westley, Stevenage have shown inconsistency throughout the campaign thus far with 13 wins & 12 defeats from the 31 games played, yet they are still in with a decent shout to make the play offs. Perhaps one reason for such inconsistency is the lack of a striker who scores goals with any real regularity – Stevenage’s top scorer to date is midfielder Charlie Lee who has netted on 7 occasions. However, there could be reason for fresh optimism as far as that is concerned after teenager Ben Kennedy netted a brace at Hartlepool on only his third start for the club. Since his eye catching performance at Victoria Park on Valentine’s Day, Kennedy has signed professional terms with the club and looks set to start against Southend on Saturday.
Another player that will be keen to make an impact is winger David Martin who looks set to make his home debut against his former employers. Westley signed the winger after he left Luton by mutual consent on deadline day and Martin made an instant impact with the first goal at Hartlepool. He has pace and, with his left foot, can offer a very effective delivery, but he does blow hot and cold. His new club will be hoping Martin is blowing hot tomorrow.
Southend, having lost to Accrington last weekend, will be looking to bounce back with a win as they look to hunt down the top three currently in the automatic promotion spots.
After selecting the same side for the previous three games, manager Phil Brown has hinted at changes for the trip to Stevenage and with one of the strongest squads in the league, it is getting increasingly hard for him to ignore those players occupying the bench. A fact that was underlined by a 7-0 win over neighbours Canvey Island in a midweek friendly. Adam Barrett, Luke Prosser, Gary Deegan, Kevan Hurst, Myles Weston and Barry Corr all started the game for Southend in a thoroughly professional run out from all involved.
The major injury worry for Southend is whether Daniel Bentley is deemed fit enough to take his place between the sticks after missing last weekends loss with a grade one thigh strain. If the highly rated stopper doesn’t pass his fitness test then both Paul Smith and Teddy Smith will be on standby.
It promises to be an honest afternoons football at Broadhall Way between two sides who will give their all. With fifteen games remaining, and March just around the corner, there is little time afforded to defeats for those with aspirations of promotion.