SOUTHEND & EMT will be looking to start how they mean to go on against Chingford at Southchurch Park tomorrow.
Southend were seen off by Wanstead & Snaresbrook on the opening day of the Premier Division season last weekend.
And skipper Joe Robbins is now keen to bounce back as his side look to impress at their own ground.
“The home games are essential for us this season,” said Robbins, whose team were promoted from Division One on the final day last season.
“We have to make sure we play to our strengths.
“We know the ground, the pitch, the dimensions everything like that, and a ground like ours will be new to a few of the top Premier sides so it’s crucial we pick up as many points at home as we can by using all of that to our advantage.
“We want to try and make sure that starts tomorrow too.”
But Robbins is expecting another tough test against a Chingford side who started their season with a nine wicket win against Upminster.
“I think Chingford will be another difficult game for us because they are a side full of dangerous players,” said Robbins.
“They had a thumping win against Upminster last week so their confidence will be high.
“But it’s up to us to try and stop that now by getting the result we want.”
Southend have Callum Druce available again this weekend after recovering from injury while Ben Wathen has also been included in the team.
Matt Wagstaff is unable to play due to work commitments and Aaron Butcher has dropped down into the second team.
Hadleigh head into their first home game of the season on the back of an entertaining tie with Buckhurst Hill.
But skipper Richard Revell was buoyed by the display and heads into this weekend’s clash in a positive frame of mind.
“I felt we were the better team last week and had a couple of decisions gone our way we would have got the win against Buckhurst Hill,” said Revell.
“There were certainly plenty of positives for us to take from the game.
“We’ll now aim to take them into the game with Billericay, which we’re looking forward to.”
Billericay were promoted from Division Two last season and started the new campaign with a draw against Orsett & Thurrock at their Blunts Wall Road base.