Being a Southend fan isn’t much fun at the best of times, and last Saturday all Shrimpers’ fans were forced to hang their heads in shame as skipper Adam Barrett helped concede a howler at Colchester.
The match was barely three minutes old when disaster struck for the visitors.
On a boggy pitch covered with sloppy mud patches, Southend failed to deal with an early routine throw-in which handed Colchester possession in their opponent’s box. An incisive pass from forward Clive Platt found his teammate Anthony Wordsworth free in the area, and the number 22 tried to gobble up the opportunity taking aim on goal.
The only problem was that Wordsworth’s effort on target was no more than a trickle, and nine out of ten times the striker would have been chastised for his weak shot on goal. Not this time however, as Southend keeper Steve Mildenhall and centre-half Barrett both dawdled in the mud, and somehow the ball found the back of the next.
“It was definitely the easiest goal I’ve ever scored.” – Wordsworth.
The bizarre footage can be seen here.
Amazingly that wasn’t the only laugh to be had at the match, as the halftime entertainment of a mascot race was interrupted when one of the fluffy fellows hit the deck after running straight into a pole.
The mascot calamity can be seen here.