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🧐 The Opposition: Morecambe

We take a look at the Shrimps, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 opener with Jim Bentley’s men

31 July 2019

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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

Grimsby Town get their Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 season underway as they face Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side finished 17th-place in 2018-19, after a final-day 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Blundell Park.

And the Mariners will look to start the season in good form by picking up an opening-day win over Morecambe – who finished 18th last term – this weekend.

But Jim Bentley’s side, who finished the 2018-19 campaign with just one defeat from their final seven matches, will be looking to carry their form on from the end of last season.

Transfer business


It’s been a very busy summer for longest-serving EFL manager Jim Bentley, with seven new players arriving and eight leaving the Globe Arena ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Lewis Alessandra, Cole Stockton, Joe Lynch, Tom Brewitt, Shaun Miller (loan, Crewe Alexandra), Michael Howard, and John O’Sullivan all made the move to Morecambe.

But former Town defender Zak Mills left the Globe Arena for Oldham Athletic this summer, with Ben Hedley, Adam Campbell, James Sinclair, Dawid Szczepaniak, Vadaine Oliver, Aaron Collins, and Andy Fleming (retired) also departing.

One to watch


Veteran winger Kevin Ellison is preparing for his 22nd season as a professional footballer ahead of the upcoming campaign.

The 40-year-old, who signed for Morecambe in 2011, had another impressive season last term, as he scored seven goals in 49 appearances in all competitions.

And the former Hull City, Leicester City, and Rotherham United forward will be hoping to get the season off to a good start as he comes up against the Mariners this weekend.

Previous starting XI

Bentley went with a 4-2-3-1 formation as the Shrimps suffered a 2-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Accrington Stanley last weekend.

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


Aaron Wildig and Andrew Tutte were the holding midfielders, with John O’Sullivan, Lewis Alessandra, and Kevin Ellison in support of lone striker Cole Stockton.

Match to remember

Town marked their return back to the EFL with a 2-0 win over Morecambe on the opening day of the 2016-17 season at Blundell Park.

Kayden Jackson’s first-half goal and a Ben Davies free-kick gave the Mariners all three points, despite ending the game with 10 men after Josh Gowling received a red card.

What are your predictions for Saturday’s clash with the Shrimps? Tweet us at @OfficialGTFC!

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