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The Report: Stevenage Borough 1 Southend 1

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It’s still all to play for in the battle to make it into League 1 with the first leg of the play off semi final against Stevenage Borough ending in a one one draw at the Lamex Stadium on Sunday. Barry Corr’s equaliser means we’ll go into the second leg on Thursday knowing that if Daniel Bentley can keep yet another clean sheet then we should do enough to book at date at Wembley.

Michael Timlin was involved with a chance that brought Corr an early chance but this went just wide before Timlin was forced off after an awful clash of heads with Bira Dembele. The nasty cut above his eye left him covered in blood and, as much as he didn’t want this, forced him off for stitches. Dembele, amazingly, was able to come back on but went off at half time.

Stevenage then worried about losing goalkeeper Chris Day after he collided with Nottingham Forest loanee Stephen McLaughlin so that might have meant former England international Dave Beasant, on the bench due to injury to injury to his son Sam, might have come on at the ripe old age of 56! He didn’t as Day, 39 years old himself, was able to carry on with him keeping the scores at nil nil when he saved with his legs from Dave Worrall’s effort in the nine minutes of first half injury time.

Dean Parrett scored a fine twenty yard drive that gave Bentley no chance as he curled an effort into the top corner to put Stevenage ahead six minutes into the second half but we weren’t behind for long with Corr’s header from a McLaughlin corner deflected past Day to make it one one.

Both sides had chances to win the first leg with Day keeping out captain John White’s effort with Bentley turning away, as he would’ve been expected to, Ben Kennedy’s effort to leave this tie in the balance going into Thursday’s game at Roots Hall.

With Bentley not beaten at home since December if he can extend his clean sheet record I’d bet on us to score at least once to go one step further than we did last season and make it into the play off final.

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