SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Maher has made five changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon’s FA Trophy clash at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Defenders Josh Coulson and Ollie Kensdale have both been selected while Nathan Ferguson and Lewis Gard have been brought into the midfield.

Further forward, Matt Rush has also been chosen for his start of the season in attack.

Will Atkinson and Rhys Murphy both miss out with injuries while Harrison Neal is cup tied having appeared in an earlier round for Kettering.

Kacper Lopata and Tom Clifford have both dropped down onto the bench.

Southend United: Arnold, Hobson, Coulson, Kensdale, Demetriou, Ferguson, Gard, Ralph, Dennis, Rush, Dalby

Subs: Andeng Ndi, Howard, Egbri, Clifford, Walsh, Lopata & Kinali