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Morecambe Preview

Andy Phillips previews Saturday afternoon's trip to Morecambe.

20 October 2017

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TOWN head to Morecambe on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to pick up their third away victory on the bounce at the Globe Arena.


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Russell Slade's side won 3-2 at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night and have now only lost one of their last eight games so will be hoping for another positive performance against a struggling Morecambe side.

Dixon and Rose carrying knocks 

Paul Dixon and Mitch Rose will both be assessed ahead of the game after picking up thigh and ankle injuries respectively, whilst Jamey Osborne and Sean McAllister remain out. However, everybody else should be fit to make the trip to the Shrimpers.

Morecambe will be without the experienced Kevin Ellison, who will serve the third game of a suspension following his sending off in their loss at Accrington two weeks ago. Forwards Garry Thompson and Adam McGurk have both come back from injuries that have kept them out recently, which means there should be few other worries for the Shrimpers.

Morecambe finding things difficult as of late

It has been a difficult few games for Morecambe and they go into the game on Saturday with only won win in their last six league outings.

Jim Bentley's side have struggled to find the net consistently so far this season and went down 3-0 to Port Vale at the weekend so will be looking for an instant response in front of their home faithful.

Bentley took charge in May 2011 after nine years at the club as a player and is now the third longest serving manager in the country at the age of just 41.

He has kept the Shrimpers ticking in League Two against the odds since taking over and will be looking to do just the same this campaign.

He has plenty of experience at his disposal when everyone is fully fit and although the 38-year-old Ellison will be missed at the weekend, the likes of Thompson and captain Michael Rose still have hundreds of EFL Lgames under their belt.

A win a piece last season 

The two sides picked up a win each last season, with the last meeting coming when a goal from Lee Molyneux saw all three points go the way of the Shrimpers in February.

Town fans will have fond memories of the reverse fixture, as it was the club's first game back in the EFL in six years last August, where over 6,000 fans cheered the Mariners on to a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Kayden Jackson and Ben Davies.

Morecambe and Town have met 11 times over their history, with Town winning three times, the Shrimpers four times and the sides contesting five draws.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: “There’s nobody more experienced than Jim Bentley in this league. He knows the league inside-out, he knows how to find results when he needs to, so I still think it’s an incredibly difficult place to go. He’s the Wenger of League Two for sure. They’ve lost a key player (Kevin Ellison) recently who’s got a three-game ban and, fortunately for us, he’s still unavailable for the last game. They miss him – he’s a seasoned pro, he’s a leader, and very important to Jim and his team so they’ll miss him and they're probably not quite functioning like Jim would want them to at this moment in time.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Morecambe 0-0 Grimsby Town

Town earn a point at The Globe Arena.

21 October 2017

Grimsby Town kept their unbeaten run going with a draw against Morecambe in difficult conditions at the Globe Arena.

The Mariners battled well on a wet and windy day on the Lancashire coast to come away with a point that extended their sequence to six games without defeat.

Town boss Russell Slade again opted to stick with an unchanged team, so goalkeeper James McKeown lined up behind a defence of Ben Davies, Nathan Clarke, Danny Collins and Paul Dixon.

Siriki Dembele, James Berrett, Luke Summerfield and Martyn Woolford were the midfielders, with Sam Jones supporting Scott Vernon in attack.

There was a change on the bench, with Tom Bolarinwa coming into the squad in place of Sam Kelly.  He was joined among the substitutes by Ben Killip, JJ Hooper, Zak Mills, Karleigh Osborne, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Jamille Matt.

Morecambe came into the game looking to bounce back from a heavy midweek home defeat by Port Vale, although Jim Bentley’s Shrimps did register a win on the road at Chesterfield last week.

An early Morecambe corner was dealt with by the Mariners when it was intercepted by Dembele, then a Town corner at the other end on three minutes also did not lead to a chance in front of goal.

Instead, the first time either goalkeeper was called into action of the game came four minutes later, when Vernon conceded a free kick 30 yards from his own goal. Adam McGurk’s shot took a deflection off the Town wall and was held by McKeown.

A shot from Jones was blocked, before a foul on Berrett gave the Mariners a free kick, which led to Woolford missing the target with an effort from a narrow angle.

At the other end, an excellent save by McKeown saw him tip the ball around the post from McGurk for a corner after a move from the hosts which also involved Vadaine Oliver and Luke Conlan.

Alex Kenyon missed the target for the home side, then Woolford fired wide for Town from outside the box before a shot from Michael Rose for Morecambe went over McKeown’s bar.

Jones was shown the first yellow card of the game on 35 minutes for a foul but Oliver’s header from the free kick was too high.

Summerfield struck a shot wide from 20 yards after good build-up play, with the midfielder firing off-target again as the game remained goalless at half-time.

The heavy rain and strong winds continued to make things difficult for both sides after the restart, with Dembele looking to get in behind the home defence, only to see the ball cleared for a throw-in.

A Woolford cross was headed behind for a corner, before Summerfield tried his luck from 25 yards but saw his shot deflected out for a corner by Aaron Wildig.

That led to another flag-kick and this time, Clarke’s header was saved.

Soon afterwards, McKeown did well to get down and tip the ball around the post after a shot by Michael Rose from outside the box.  Kenyon went close with a left-footed shot following the corner but the ball went wide.

Garry Thompson came on for McGurk as Morecambe made the first substitution of the contest, before Jaiyesimi replaced Dembele in Slade’s first change with a little over 20 minutes to go.

Wildig was booked for a foul on 73 minutes, then the ball fell for Summerfield on the edge of the box soon afterwards after good work by Jaiyesimi.  The midfielder’s shot went over the bar.

Elliot Osborne replaced Wildig for the home side with 15 minutes to go, before a Dean Winnard header was saved by McKeown, at the expense of a corner.

Hooper came on in place of Jones with 79 minutes on the clock, then a pair of Morecambe corners five minutes later were both dealt with by the Grimsby defence.

A Town corner on 87 minutes did not lead to an opportunity in front of goal and after three added minutes passed without any further chances, both sides were forced to settle for a point apiece.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday, when Cambridge United are the visitors to Blundell Park. 


1.Barry Roche 
2 Aaron McGowan
14 Luke Conlan 
5 Steven Old 
6 Dean Winnard 
8 Andrew Fleming 
24 Michael Rose (C) 
4 Alex Kenyon 
15 Aaron Wildig 
28 Adam McGurk 
9 Vadaine Oliver


12 Danijel Nizic 
3 Patrick Brough 
16 Sam Lavelle 
21 Elliot Osborne 
7 Garry Thompson 
10 Adam Campbell 
29 Callum Lang


1 James McKeown GK
2 Ben Davies DF
3 Paul Dixon DF
5 Nathan Clarke (C) DF
6 Danny Collins DF
7 James Berrett MF
27 Siriki Dembele MF
19 Luke Summerfield MF
25 Martyn Woolford MF
21 Scott Vernon FW
10 Sam Jones


30 Ben Killip 
12 Zak Mills 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
18 Tom Bolarinwa 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 
9 JJ Hooper 
29 Jamille Matt

Referee: Mr B Toner

Attendance:1527 (462)

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Ticket News

Travelling To Morecambe? Here's All You Need To Know

Our essential guide ahead of Saturday's game.

20 October 2017

Capacity: 6,476 (Seating 2,173)
Address: Christie Way, Morecambe LA4 4TB
Telephone: 01524 411 797
Pitch Size: 110 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Shrimps
Year Ground Opened: 2010

After 89 years at Christie Park Morecambe moved to a new purpose built stadium. At a cost said to be around £12m, the Globe Arena (which is named after the company Globe Construction that built the stadium) was opened in 2010.

Town fans will be housed in the Bay Radio Terrace at one end of the ground, where 1,389 supporters can be accommodated. In addition Morecambe have also made some seats for Town fans available in the Peter McGuigan Stand.

Entering the stadium.

For the seating area, Town fans should enter the stadium through turnstiles 3 and 4 and for the standing turnstiles 5 and 6.

On each area there will be one turnstile for cash and one for pre-paid tickets. There will be signs informing fans which one to use.

Where to Eat and Drink.

The Bay Radio Terrace (away) has its own bar and catering outlet.

Just outside the stadium entrance is the Marston's pub called the Hurley Flyer.


Tickets for Saturday are priced as follows:


Adults - £17

Concessions (65+) - £14

Young Adult (18-22 & Students) - £10

Unaccompanied Junior (Under 18) - £5

Accompanied Junior (Under 11) - FOC (1 per paying adult or concession)

Under 14's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Adults - £21

Concessions (65+) - £17

Young Adult (18-22 & Students) - £15

Unaccompanied Junior (Under 18) - £6

Accompanied Junior (Under 11) - FOC (1 per paying adult or concession).

Under 14's must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

How to get there.

By Car

Exit the M6 at junction 34 and follow the signs for Morecambe. After around five miles you will reach a crossroads (with a McDonalds over on the right) where you turn right onto the Morecambe Road. You will then reach a roundabout, (where there is a Toby Carvery) where you take the first exit into Westgate Road (signposted West Promenade, Sandylands). Continue along this road for about one mile and you will reach the stadium on your right.

By Train

Morecambe Railway Station is around a 25-30 minute walk away from the Globe Arena. It is served by trains from Lancaster.

Car Parking

Parking at the stadium is for permit holders only so it is a case of finding street parking. If you continue along Westgate passing the stadium on your right, then on the other side of the railway bridge there is plenty of street parking to be had in the side roads on either side.

There is also parking at the Hurley Flyer pub for customers (£10).

Post Code for Sat Nav: LA4 4TB

Celebrity Watch.

The late comedienne Victoria Wood was born in Morecambe as was Eric Bartholomew who with his partner Ernie Wiseman became possibly Britain’s best loved comedy duo.

Our Kit Colours.

Shirts - Blue
Shorts - Blue
Socks - Blue

Have a safe journey.

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