Tim­lin shows the strength Shrimpers need for fi­nal clash

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PLAY-OFF FINAL PREVIEW -

SOUTHEND beat Wy­combe 2-0 last month, but not on the pitch, writes Shrimpers fan and jour­nal­ist Paul War­bur­ton.

The two teams’ clashes on the field this sea­son saw Wy­combe com­ing out on top 4-1 in De­cem­ber and then sal­vaging a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall in March.

But when it came to the League Two PFA team of the year, the Shrimpers had keeper Dan Bent­ley voted best in the di­vi­sion by his peers, while left­back Ben Coker got the same ac­co­lade for his po­si­tion.

Wan­der­ers, de­spite a mag­nif­i­cent cam­paign, were not rep­re­sented.

Both Bent­ley and Coker are im­por­tant to United manager Phil Brown’s hopes at Wem­b­ley, but re­cently re­turned cen­tre back Adam Bar­rett has blue blood run­ning through his veins, heaps of ex­pe­ri­ence in the di­vi­sion and a cool head when things get fraught.

How­ever, hero of the mo­ment is mid­fielder Michael Tim­lin (pic­tured far left).

The com­bat­ive for­mer Ful­ham man got the kind of head gash against Steve­nage in the first leg of the play-off semi fi­nal last seen in a slasher movie.

The hor­ren­dous cut needed 26 stitches, but with Petr Cech cap in place, Tims was back for the sec­ond days later.

He rounded off a mar­vel­lous dis­play by curl­ing home the fi­nal goal for the 3-1 and 4-2 on ag­gre­gate.

The player also has the ex­pe­ri­ence of a play-off fi­nal, al­beit a los­ing one for Swin­don against Mill­wall in 2010. The bonus money will come in handy if he wins this time – Tim­lin gets mar­ried next month and reck­ons hir­ing


just four a de­cent pho­tog­ra­pher to pho­to­shop the head scar out of the pic­tures will cost him.

It was a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment on the fi­nal day of the regular sea­son, and Wy­combe know all about that too, but Brown reck­ons the force has re­turned to a team who, un­til More­cambe wrecked au­to­matic hopes, had notched a club record eight clean sheets in a row.

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