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Morecambe v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 25/02/2008

SO the winner faces MK Dons at Wembley in March sometime, I haven’t dare looked as it may tempts fat but with 180 minutes left between us and that gridlocked part of London our minds are starting to run away with us.

Home > 2007-2008 Season > Previews > Morecambe (a)


The Opposition

Overview

One of the new boys in the Football League are enjoying continuous success as they push for a play-off place and be the second ever team to return to New Wembley after Chelsea. After wining promotion last season via the play-offs Morecambe have been able to continue their brilliant form and currently lie 9th and on equal points with seventh place Stockport. Manager Sammy McIllroy (left) will be on the shortlist for Manager of the Season if he can keep producing the results which have got Morecambe so close to a dream return to the Football League. Morecambe's biggest scalp of the competition was the 1-0 victory away at League One Tranmere in the very first round of the trophy. Morecambe’s play-off final victory over Exeter last season last season will stand them in good stead for the final few round of the cup in the do and die attitude when it comes down to the last few minutes.

The Team
McIllroy has collected together a vast array of talent and experience in his bid to help Morecambe move further up the echelons on the Football League. Ever present Stuart Drummond and Jim Bentley (left) prove a good backbone to the team while the rather portly but always committed defender Danny Adams is also well experienced. Upfront Carl Baker is leading scorer with 9 and can count on his partnerships with Bentley and Blinkhorn to prove decisive on the break. After mixed results of late including a 3-0 defeat to Darlington Morecambe will hope to put their season back on track for that final push for the play-offs and a trip to the home of football would mostly certainly help.

Key Player
Michael Twiss (left) was one of the players of the season last year in the Conference, his skill and distribution proving vital to Morecambe’s play-off success. After starting slowly this season the midfielder has battled back to be as impressive as before with 4 goals from midfield so far. His spark and knack of game winning goals has made him a fans' favourite and it’s a big occasion like this that might see the former Manchester United player putting in a Man of the Match performance.

Recent Form

TownMorecambe
DWrexham(h)1-0
LDagenham(h)1-4
WMacclesfield(a)2-1
WChesterfield(h)4-2
DNotts Co(a)1-1
Currently 12th in League Two.
LDagenham(a)0-2
WMansfield(a)2-1
LMacclesfield(h)0-1
WBarnet(a)1-0
LWrexham(h)2-2
Currently 11th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownMorecambe
Danny North9
Danny Boshell6
Baker 10
Bentley7
Blinkhorn7

Team News

TownMorecambe

  • Tom Newey returns from injury but may have to settle for a place on the bench after an excellent defensive performance last week.

  • Ciaron Toner will be out for a couple of weeks after picking up an ankle injury in his comeback game on Saturday.

  • Striker Martin Butler is also available for selection but is unlikely to get further than the bench.
  • Reserve 'keeper Scott Davies is stepping up from the bench in place of the cup-tied Shwan Jalal. 46-year-old goalkeeping coach Steve McIlhargey could be on the bench if manager Sammy McIlroy decides to field a sub keeper.

  • Morecambe defender Jim Bentley is a doubt after illness forced him to miss Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Dagenham.
  • Probable Teams

    TownMorecambe
    G1Barnes
    D24Atkinson
    D6Fenton
    D5Bennett
    M2Clarke
    M4Hunt
    M11Boshell
    M8Bolland
    M17Hegarty
    F19Jones
    F9North
    G30Davies
    D4Artell
    D2Yates
    D25Adams
    D5Bentley
    M9Curtis
    M16Drummond
    M6Stanley
    M17Burns
    F7Twiss
    F21Blinkhorn

    Subs

    TownMorecambe
    13Montgomery
    15Whittle
    8Till
    19Jones
    20Taylor
    TBAMcIlhargey
    20Newby
    18Lloyd
    8Hunter
    23McStay

    Head to Head

    Town have never beaten Morecambe. In fact they game they drew they lost on penalties in this very competition in October 2005 at Blundell Park when Morecambe were in the Conference.

    P 2 W 0 D 1 L1 F 2 A 3

    Morecambe Head-to-Head (not on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1 Morecambe 2 (Sat 19th November 2007)

    Morecambe convicing won the league tie at Blundell Park earlier this season when Grimsby were probably in the worst form of the campaign.

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    Prediction

    Morecambe 1 Grimsby Town 1

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