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Sep 25, 2008
Last night went with some Southend fans to Braintree v Luton , partly to see how the Hatters' 4 ex shrimpers are getting on.
It was a great match, with loads of passion + very tough tackling on a bobbly pitch. We witnessed a master class of leading the front line from Paul Benson who won every header, ruffled the feathers + put himself about very effectively & bringing his team mates into play .... Barry Corr could honestly learn a thing or two in watching Benno's performances. Scoring 1 + making 1 , with an excellent goal celebration from the Shrimpers fan!!!
Ex Southend loanee Ronnie Henry was class at right back + attacked the flank very well. Sadly Dave Martin was injured ( shock! ) & Luke Guttridge was sub ( + was given the nod to come on with 85 minutes on the clock but took so long getting changed + then waited an age for the ball to go out of play so never actually got on ! )
Braintree only came to life when Dan Holman came on , always rated him + think of all our Essex neighbours' players Holman is one i'd like to see at Southend. He looks like a cross between Kevin Phillips & Freddy Eastwood 7 years ago + i think could cut it at league 2 level.

It was great to see Essex's 3rd best team ( behind Southend and Southend reserves :winking:) + i'd recommend any blues fans to check em out when we're not playing.... especially if you stand behing the dugouts + enjoy Alan"tourettes"Devonshire giving the officials "advise"

Reckon Luton are certainties to go up & Braintree will just miss out on the play offs