The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

SOUTHEND UNITED’s im­pres­sive start to the sea­son con­tin­ued with a hard-fought vic­tory at home to 10-man Strews­bury Town.

Shaq Coulthirst’s header was enough to give United their fourth suc­ces­sive League Two vic­tory and pro­pel the Shrimpers to fourth.

Shrews­bury ried to come back through Jean-Louis Akpra Akpro who struck the post, and James Collins who saw his 25-yard shot creep inches wide.

The re­sult leaves Phil Brown’s men just two points off top spot, and hav­ing gone un­beaten through­out the whole of Septem­ber, Southend are the team to beat in League Two.

A mixed Au­gust saw them crash out of the Cap­i­tal One Cup at home to Walsall, but Brown has since turned Roots Hall into a fortress with three wins and a draw from their last five at home.

After crash­ing out in the play-offs to Bur­ton Al­bion last sea­son, United fans can ex­pect them to be chal­leng­ing for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion this time.

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