Well what an afternoon's entertainment - The first half the team rode their luck a bit, but except for their goal they didn't actually make Glenn Morris make any real saves - he did everything asked of him as a keeper - Ollie Palmer had the ball in the net only for it to be ruled out for an offside. We came out in the second half with much more belief and took the game to Southend - getting more and more confident, in the end we were the better side and looked like scoring - which in the 85 minute we did from a Filipe Morais cross which was diverted into the goal by a Southend defender White - so we now have a replay at home and we are in the draw on Monday evening so we know where we will be in the second round.
One word about our away support yesterday - BRILLIANT, over 320 made the trip the Essex and it was the best atmosphere at an away game for ages - everyone got behind the team for the full 90+ minutes - we need that noise level at home matches.
It was also pleasing that we were able to take 2 coaches, good trips both ways - when you give yourself extra time travelling as you expect the M25 to be a car park at Dartford - its all clear and you sail through - arriving at Roots Hall at 1.00pm. It was also good to see another coach being organised from the town - which had more supporters travelling - lets hope we see more at future away games.
We have another two away matches this week - we are taking a minibus to Gillingham on Tuesday and a coach to Grimsby next Saturday - see the details below - if you enjoyed yourself at Southend why not come along and support the team at these game.
GILLINGHAM – Tuesday 13th November – 7.45pm kick off – Checkatrade Trophy final group match.
We will only run a minibus to this game as we have three away matches in a week – we depart from the Stadium at 5.00pm and will go straight to the ground – again cost for this trip is £20.00 – we have a few booked on already, so please contact us if you want to travel. We are housed in the covered stand on the side of the pitch as they are not opening the away terrace for this game. So if it does rain we will be covered.
GRIMSBY – Saturday 17th November 3.00pm kick off - we have seats available for this game.
We depart the Broadfield Stadium at 7.00am for this trip to Grimsby and the cost is £20.00 for all – we are arranging a buffet at the Tally Ho, at Sleaford where we stopped for Lincoln. If time allows we will have a comfort/coffee break at Peterborough Services. Again we have a few supporters booked on already, so please contact us if you want to travel.
Remaining away game before the New Year
Mansfield - Tuesday 27th November 2018 - 7.45pm kick off - we are taking a minibus at the moment - departing at 1.30pm from the Stadium cost is £20.00 - if we get sufficient numbers we will review about running our normal coach service. We aim to stop off at the Cross Keys at Castle Donington if time and traffic allows - we will have a comfort break at Watford Gap anyway on the way up and at Toddington on the way back.
Macclesfield - Saturday 15th December 2018 - 3.00pm kick off - We will be running our normal coach to this game, leaving the Stadium at 8.00am - with the roadwor.ks on the M6, we have a decided to use the M1 up to the A50 and then cut across via Ashburton and Leek to Macclesfield - we will have a stop again at the Watford Gap services and a pub stop at the Cross Keys again for a buffet lunch - Cost for this game is £20.00. The return journey we will give the driver the choice M6 or M1.
BOXING DAY - Wednesday 26th December 2018 - CAMBRIDGE UNITED.
It's early, but on Boxing Day we have an away game at Cambridge United, so that we can discuss coaches with Premier we would like to get some idea of numbers travelling to this game if we need two coaches then we can pre-warn them - it's a 1.00pm kick off and we will depart from the stadium at 09.30. Hopefully getting around the M25 before they start getting to the sales at Bluewater and Lakeside. We don't want payment now just name of supporters who are thinking of travelling to this game. Also remember that there is unlikely to be any public transport running on the day.
Newport County - Saturday 29th December 2018 -
3 days after Cambridge we are on our travels again to South Wales for the Newport County game - we depart from the stadium at 9.00am and will have a buffet lunch at the Majors Retreat at Tormanton. Cost for this game is £20.00 for all travelling - we hope to be at the pub for 11.30am and leave at 1.00pm for the 45 minute trip to Newport - like last seson we have been invited into the Excelsior Club for pre-match drinks - so any supporter wanting to visit their we will drop you off - the ground is a 5 minute walk way on the same road.
Travelling to the Stadium until the end of the season.
The CHEALS Roundabout at Gossops Green on the A23 is now having major roadworks over the next 29 weeks – please give yourself extra time if you are coming from that direction to the stadium either Home and Away matches – it may be easier to sort an alternative route.
BOOK NOW FOR AWAY TRAVEL
If you are intending to travel by coach then contact us as soon as possible – the coaches are starting to fill up early and if we need a second then we can decide and book it early so that we don’t have disappointed supporters. We are now taking bookings for all of the matches above.