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🧐 The Opposition: Morecambe

We take an in-depth look at the Shrimps, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Jim Bentley’s side

11 April 2019

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is the current longest-serving manager in the EFL

Grimsby Town look for their first win in nine Sky Bet League Two games as they face Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s men suffered their second successive 2-0 defeat last weekend as they lost to Stevenage at Blundell Park.

And the Mariners will be hoping to avoid a sixth defeat in eight league games as they go head-to-head with 19th-place Morecambe at the weekend.

But the Shrimps, who are nine points clear of the relegation zone, will be looking for their fourth straight home league win as they host the Mariners on Saturday.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: L, D, D, L, L

Morecambe: W, D, L, W, D

One to watch: Richie Bennett

The striker has scored five goals in 13 league appearances for the Shrimps, since joining on loan from fellow League Two side Carlisle United in January.

But the target-man is without a goal in four games, and hasn’t bagged since his brace in the 4-2 home win over MK Dons last month.

And the 28-year-old will be looking to take his league tally to double digits for the season, after scoring four goals for parent club Carlisle before making the move to the Globe Arena.

Previous starting XI

Bentley went with a 4-4-2 formation as the Shrimps drew 1-1 with 24th-place Macclesfield Town last weekend, despite former Town defender Zak Mills putting Morecambe ahead in the first half.

Goalkeeper Barry Roche started, with a back four of Zak Mills, Steven Old, Sam Lavelle, and Luke Conlan in front of him.

Piero Mingoia and veteran Kevin Ellison played on the flanks, with Aaron Wildig and Andy Fleming in the middle, and a strike partnership of Liam Mandeville and Aaron Collins.

Last time out: Grimsby Town 1-2 Morecambe

The Mariners fell to a sixth straight league defeat when the two sides met at Blundell Park in September, despite Elliot Embleton putting Town 1-0 up inside 10 minutes.

The Shrimps scored two quick-fire goals through Rhys Oates and Liam Mandeville early in the second half to leave Town 23rd-place after the opening 10 games.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with the Shrimps.

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