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📽️ Michael Jolley Pre-Morecambe Press Conference

Michael Jolley hopes Grimsby Town can produce attacking football and reward fans for their excellent support, ahead of the Sky Bet League Two 2019-

1 August 2019

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Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley hopes his side can produce plenty of attacking, on-the-front-foot performances in Sky Bet League Two 2019-20.

The Mariners get their league campaign underway against Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday (3pm).

And Town boss Jolley says the Mariners won’t settle for draws, as they look to have a successful campaign in their fourth season back in the EFL.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We’re excited. Pre-season is a good time for everybody in that you can really work with your team.

“I’m pleased with how we’ve built up gradually. We’ve seen some good signs and evidence of the work that we’ve been doing.

“We haven’t had a complete performance, but in all of the games we’ve seen good evidence of what we’ve been trying to achieve.

“But ultimately we’re here to compete and play the games, so we’re excited for that to begin on Saturday.


“Anyone who saw the game against Peterborough United last week could see that we want to try and be an attacking team.

“Although we didn’t score a goal last week, we gave ourselves some chances to do that.

“And we’ve got 46 chances to go and win matches, and we want to try and win every match.

“We’re not a team that wants to play for draws – we want to try and play each game on the front foot and try to win.

“And hopefully we can bring all of that together for this game on Saturday.”

And Jolley hopes his side can give the Town fans a reward - for their excellent support - this season.


“As always, we’re so grateful to our supporters. We’ve got a fantastic following – both at home, and certainly away from home.

“They always travel in great numbers, and we’re really, really hopeful that we can give them something to cheer this season.

“I think they’ve really stuck with us in my time so far, and we’re looking forward to seeing them on Saturday.”

Striker Harry Cardwell and on-loan Newcastle United left-back Liam Gibson will both miss Saturday’s league-opener through injury.

Watch Michael Jolley's full pre-Morecambe press conference - as he previews the Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 opener - for free on iFollow Mariners.

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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Morecambe 0-2 Grimsby Town

Town make perfect start to the season with opening day victory

3 August 2019

Elliott Whitehouse scored on his long-awaited Grimsby Town debut to get the Mariners' season off to the perfect start and send them on their way to an opening day victory at Morecambe.

In a game of few chances on the Lancashire coast, Town had the better of the opportunities and struck the decisive blow on 68 minutes through the midfielder, who missed the whole of last season through injury.

Roared on by more than 1,000 travelling supporters, the Mariners then held firm to keep a clean sheet and substitute Max Wright added extra gloss as he grabbed his first league goal to make it 2-0 with seconds of the game remaining.

Town started with new captain James McKeown in goal, behind a defence of Luke Hendrie, Harry Davis, Ludvig Ohman and Elliott Hewitt.

Harry Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Whitehouse were the midfielders, with Matt Green, James Hanson and Ahkeem Rose in attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Sam Russell, Mattie Pollock, Sebastian Ring, Jordan Cook, Wright, Moses Ogbu and Charles Vernam.

A Mariners free kick on three minutes led to a corner as Green's volley was blocked after Hanson had headed across goal. From it, a shot from Whitehouse was blocked.

A free kick at the other end did not lead to any major problems, before a Morecambe chance was not taken as a shot was blocked.

Rose won a corner on 10 minutes but Hewitt's cross was cleared after the ball had been played short by Hessenthaler.

Adam Buxton spotted McKeown off his line and attempted to catch him out from a free kick soon afterwards but the keeper was able to get back and deal with his low shot.

The game had started at a fast pace, with several free kicks for both sides, and the next went to the Mariners but Hewitt's shot was caught by home keeper Barry Roche.

Another free kick on 22 minutes for a foul on Hanson on the right led to Rose going down inside the penalty area but after the referee waved play on, Town kept possession and a shot from Hanson was saved.

The hosts created a chance on the half-hour but midfielder John O'Sullivan was flagged offside as he shot over the bar from close range.

At the other end, Hanson headed on from a corner and the ball broke for Ohman but his shot was blocked on the line for another flag-kick. This time, the ball was headed on for Davis but he could only find the roof of the net.

Two added minutes were played at the end of the half, with Alex Kenyon firing off-target for the home side in the first of them.

No further chances came for either side before the half-time whistle, meaning the scoreline remained goalless at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and Green won a corner for Town three minutes in but the Mariners were unable to turn it into a chance in front of goal, as a handball appeal from Hewitt's cross was waved away.

A home penalty claim at the other end was also ignored, before Clifton did well against Morecambe attacker Rhys Oates to get the ball away for a corner, which was cleared by Ohman.

A corner at the other end came when a shot from Clifton was blocked but after it was taken short, the home side cleared and launched a break.

Defender Steven Old became the first to be shown the yellow card for a foul on Rose on 56 minutes.

Green was then booked after an altercation with keeper Roche, with Kenyon becoming the third to be carded in quick succession.

Rose narrowly failed to divert a ball from Green towards goal on 62 minutes after a good move by the Mariners, before Ohman recovered well after his attempted clearance looked to have presented an opportunity for striker Shaun Miller.

A foul on Clifton gave Town a free kick on the right and this time, they made the breakthrough as Hessenthaler drilled the ball into the box and Ohman beat the offside trap to control it and find WHITEHOUSE, who finished from close range to mark his league debut with a goal.

Lewis Alessandra was booked for a foul on Hewitt and after the resulting free kick was cleared, Clifton became the latest to be booked for pulling his man back to stop a Morecambe break.

Clifton was involved again soon afterwards, making a good block from a shot by substitute Cole Stockton, who had replaced Oates in the home attack.

Veteran attacker Kevin Ellison and Andrew Tutte were then sent on in place of Kenyon and Alessandra with 15 minutes to go as Morecambe completed their substitutions.

Hessenthaler went down injured with 10 minutes to go but was passed fit to continue, before Town's first change saw Wright replace Rose.

Town were given a free kick inside their own penalty area when Whitehouse was brought down as a Morecambe free kick was sent into the box.

The visitors were almost given a second goal when an attempted clearance by Roche spun up and fell towards Green but he was unable to react quickly enough and the ball went out for a corner.

Town and their 1,073 travelling fans were forced to endure six minutes of added time at the end of the game, with Pollock replacing Green as the away side looked to an extra defender to shore up the three points.

And after Morecambe failed to profit from a late free kick with keeper Roche joining the attack, the Mariners broke quickly and WRIGHT ran through before passing the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0 and seal the win.

Thoughts now turn to Town's first home game of the season, with Bradford City the visitors to Blundell Park on Saturday.

Town: McKeown (C), Hewitt, Öhman, Davis, Hendrie, Hessenthaler, Clifton, Whitehouse, Green, Hanson, Rose.

Subs - Russell, Pollock, Ring, Cook, Wright, Ogbu, Vernam.

Referee: Darren Handley 

Attendance: 2872 (1073 away)

Next Up: Bradford City (H)

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Ticket News

🚌 Morecambe – All You Need To Know

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s opener at the Globe Arena.

3 August 2019

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.

Ticket News

Town fans will be housed in The Dennison Trailers 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 PMG Stand.

Just a reminder that there are no cash turnstiles at The Globe Arena, everyone has to have a ticket.

Tickets can be bought on the day from the away ticket office (cash) but it is recommended that supporters buy a ticket from the GTFC ticket office before 3pm on Friday as they will be £2 dearer on the day of the game

Around 1000 of our 1,769 ticket allocation have been sold.

Entering the stadium.

The away turnstiles are 3 and 4 for seating areas (to the right as you approach the main stand on Christie Way), and 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the Dennison Trailers East Stand for standing.

Where to drink.

Just outside the stadium entrance is a relatively new Marston's pub called the Hurley Flyer. Family-friendly and offering food too, it has its own car park which costs £10 before the game, but this can be refunded against a food purchase.  Otherwise, the closest bar that admits away supporters is on the Regent Leisure Holiday Park.

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.

Post Code for Sat Nav: LA4 4TB

Celebrity Watch.

The late comedian Victoria Wood was born in Morecambe as was Eric Bartholomew who with his partner Ernie Wiseman became possibly Britain’s best-loved comedy duo. Look out for Eric's statue on the promenade.  

Our Kit Colours.

Shirts – Black & White

Shorts - Black

Socks - Black

Have a safe journey.

Full coverage of the game on iFollow Mariners and 

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