Ralph explains how second National League season could help Blues

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Using his experience - Southend United skipper Nathan Ralph
Using his experience - Southend United skipper Nathan Ralph

NATHAN Ralph wants Southend United to put their experience of the National League to good use this season.

Blues lined up in the fifth tier for the first time ever last term.

But, having now had a year to adjust to the level, Ralph is hoping to see the Shrimpers start to kick on.

“A lot of people hadn’t played this level before last season,” said Ralph.

“Going into it people weren’t too sure what to expect.

“Some teams have been here for years and know the league so well.

“They know how to get results and how to play to make it difficult.

“But knowing those things I think it can only boost us in a positive way.”

Blues - who finished 13th last season - kicked off the campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Boreham Wood at Roots Hall on Saturday.

And Shrimpers skipper Ralph is now setting his sights on securing a positive score-line at Solihull Moors tomorrow.

“We’ve done a lot of work this week and we know what they’re about after playing them last year too,” said Ralph.

“Saturday was frustrating and in the first game of the season the fans want to see a positive start but we knew what Boreham Wood would be like and that’s the way they play.

“They nick results off teams a lot and that could’ve happened any time.

“It’s a shame it was the first game but we’re definitely looking to put it right on Saturday.”

However, Solihull are again expected to push for promotion this season after being beaten in the play-off final last term.

And Ralph is expecting another stern test.

“Last season they were energetic and made a lot of good runs in behind,” said Ralph.

“There’s a lot to deal with but if we get the ball down and play better than we did on Saturday we will be just as much as a test for them.

“It will be a difficult game but we’re looking forward to it.”

And Ralph will also not be looking beyond this weekend’s clash.

“It’s a cliche but we have to take it a game at a time,” said Ralph.

“We need to get the first win under our belts early doors and then look to get some momentum like we did towards the end of last season.

“We’re looking forward to seeing where that takes us.”