Date: 27th July 2015 at 9:37am
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Southend slipped to another pre-season defeat on Saturday with a lead lost at Dagenham & Redbridge.

It’s certainly been a disappointing pre-season for the Shrimpers, admittedly this would soon be forgotten if the results came in League 1 but even with the friendly results not really counting for much there’s not really any momentum being carried forward.

Having taken a lead the game was level at the break before the Daggers grabbed a second half winner at Victoria Road to win two-one.

Timlin gave the Blues the lead when he headed home a Hurst corner but having denied him, and veteran striker Cureton before this, Smith was beaten when McClure headed home a Dagenham corner to make it one-one on half time.

Early in the second half it was that man again McClure, a summer arrival at Dagenham, who scored again but this time there wasn’t to be any equaliser.

Southend XI – T. Smith; White, Prosser (Fernández – 45′), Barrett (Bolger – 60′), Coker; Hurst (Worrall – 75′), Wordsworth (Leonard – 80′), Timlin (Deegan – 75′), Galbraith (Weston – 60′); Payne (Atkinson – 85′); Mooney.
Unused Subs: P. Smith, Adeyeye, Bridge, Williams.

With Bentley unavailable once more Phil Brown started with (Ted) Smith in goal with the now player-coach (Paul) Smith on the bench.

Trialist midfielder Galbraith, who counts Hibernian as a former club and had spent some time with this seasons League 1 rivals Gillingham last season, was also given a start and featured for an hour with it since said by Brown his trial could be extended.

Another trialist was Fernández; Brown brought him on for the second 45-minutes as he looked to prove he’s good for a deal at Roots Hall this season – something that has since been confirmed isn’t going to be the case.

Southend’s travelling support can’t be faulted at all as from the 696 at Victoria Road on Saturday with 278 of those Blues fans!


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