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Morecambe Preview - Play-Off Occupying Shrimps Pose a Tough Test

18 March 2021

Match Previews

Morecambe Preview - Play-Off Occupying Shrimps Pose a Tough Test

18 March 2021

Simon Weaver and his Town side will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Forest Green when they entertain promotion hopefuls Morecambe at The EnviroVent Stadium this Saturday.

They will also be seeking to avenge the 1-0 defeat suffered at The Mazuma Stadium earlier in the season courtesy of Aaron Wildig's second-half strike.

The Shrimps come into the game sat in the final playoff spot on 56 points, although they are just five points off the automatic promotion positions. They travel to Harrogate on the back of a 2-1 defeat at promotion rivals Newport County last weekend.

Since we last met

The win over Town in mid-December proved to be catalyst for a surge up the table, with it being the start of a run that has seen them take 34 points from 19 games and become a permanent fixture in the playoff spots.

However, their recent away form is proving to be a concern with them posting just one victory in their last six outings.

Ones to Watch

The undoubted standout from the early part of the campaign was Adam Phillips, on loan from Burnley, who scored eight goals and added five assists before the end of the year. However, his time at the club was cut short as he was recalled by his parent club before being sent out on loan again to League One side Accrington Stanley.

The Shrimps have coped well with this loss though with Carlos Mendes Gomez leading the way with 12 goals with the club's 50 goals the fourth best total in the division.

Aaron Wildig and Cole Stockton have both caught the eye with seven goals and three assists apiece.
Yann Songo'o is proving to be a lynchpin in midfielder and was the scorer of a stunning long-range strike in the defeat to Newport last time out.

The Man in Charge

Derek Adams has been in charge at the club since November 2019, after taking over from Jim Bentley who moved to AFC Fylde.

Adams had previously managed Ross County and Plymouth Argyle over the past decade, and also made over 300 appearances for clubs such as Motherwell, Aberdeen, Ross County and Livingston.


This year the club are celebrating 100 years of history.

A long-time non-league outfit, the Shrimps made their way to Conference level in the mid-1990's and posted a couple of near misses in terms of promotion before they secured Football League status under Sammy McIlroy in 2007.

They have retained their place in the league ever since, although have finished outside the top ten in all but one season, back in 2009/10 when they reached the playoff semi-finals.

In 2019/20 the club finished 22nd in the table when the campaign was curtailed early.

Team News

With only long term absentees Mitchell Roberts, Joe Cracknell and Josh March unavailable Weaver will be able to call on a near full-strength side for the game.

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Watch Live

Don't forget to order your copy of the official matchday programme too, where we sit down with in form frontman Mark Beck.


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