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CENTRAL LEAGUE REPORT: Town 2-1 Southend United

28 March 2017

Goals either side of half-time handed Town’s Development side a 2-1 victory over Southend United in the Central League earlier today.


Sonny Coutts gave the visitors an early lead but Ellis Iandolo’s close-range strike restored parity less than five minutes later.


And Jermaine Hylton struck from the penalty spot late on in the second-half to wrap up the spoils for the Reds.


Town opted to name a strong Starting XI for this fixture with the likes of Anton Rodgers, Lloyd Jones and James Brophy all getting run-outs.


But it was Southend who started the better of the two sides and they landed the first blow thanks to Sonny Coutts, who scooped home from inside the area after latching onto a knockdown from a corner.


However, that lead was quickly wiped out as the Reds hit back immediately, Ellis Iandolo thumping home at the second attempt after his initial shot was blocked.


David Mooney and Harry Phillips then both went close for the Shrimpers before Anton Rodgers saw his well-struck free-kick tipped onto the post by Josh Bexon.


Both sides had further opportunities to go ahead before the break as Coutts scooped an effort over the bar and Mooney’s header was inches away from hitting the back of the net, while Rodgers’ audacious half-volley was well held by Bexon.


Jermaine Hylton lashed wide for Town shortly after the interval before Jason Williams was off-target at the other end.


The second-half proved to be a scrappy affair with the tempo disrupted by a number of substitutes, but there continued to be opportunities in-front of goal.


Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill flashed a shot inches past the post while Hylton arrowed a strike over the bar.


However, Town did go on to take the lead after Scott Twine was brought down inside the area with Hylton converting from twelve-yards.


And that proved to be the winner with both Mooney and Joe Bedford missing late opportunities to draw Southend level.


TOWN STARTING XI:


Henry; Barry, Frimpong (Will Christopher 64), Jones, Ormonde-Ottewill; Rodgers, Iandolo, Starkey, Brophy (James Georgaklis 80); Stewart (Scott Twine 67), Hylton. 


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