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Morecambe v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 12/03/2010

IT was a revival if only briefly. Town's optimism has been destroyed in one Dario Gradi swoop and now Grimsby must face a Morecambe team who play football of all things!

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Who are they?

This Season.

Morecambe have yet to give up on a play off spot this season. The Shrimpers are just 7 points off a chance at the post season lottery and with a game in hand on many of those above them and when you take in to account the leagues meagre goal differences it looks even brighter for the north western club. It hadn’t started well for though it took Morecambe till their tenth game of the season to record their first win which was against Notts County involving the infamous Sol Campbell one match wonder. After that the Shrimpers charged on looking for more but the wins weren’t particularly forth coming it took another 7 matches for them to tot up their second victory of the season against Lincoln, they were 21st at the start of the match just 2 points off ourselves at the time. After that an 8 game unbeaten streak saw them shoot up the league to play off contention where they now sit happy as Larry. Lucky barstewards.

Key Player...

Phil Jevons. Who else but the former Mariner? League Two seems to be awash with players who once fizzled our excitement in years gone by but now they are just an envious part of our depressing life. We all know his history: the scouser started at Everton and joined us along with Chris Thompson from Liverpool both the leading goal scorers in their youth teams. Whatever happened to Chris Thompson? Anyway he shined, he boasted, he became a player who was a symbol of our ultimate extravagance and the sheer lunacy of our collapse. Restricted from playing for a time because doing so would have the club incur a wrath of actually paying some money out. Anyway after us he went to a succession of clubs becoming a hero at most. Bristol City, Yeovil, Huddersfield and Bury all were a brief stop for him before surprisingly landing at Morecambe on loan from Huddersfield. The guy can at times be a class above and could still be playing in The Championship if it was called for. It's no surprise Morecambe’s best run came in the midst of his. Though half a yard slower than when he was in his pomp he is still bloody fantastic.

Recent Form

Currently 23rd in League Two.
WPort Vale(h)1-0
Currently 13th in League Two.

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Team News


  • Lancashire, Akpro, Sweeney, Sinclair, Devitt, and Wood (I wondered where he had gone) are all doubts.

  • Chambers and Tommy Wright returned to training on Thursday

  • While Nathan Jarman returns from suspension to give him the option of getting sent off again.
  • Colchester winger Simon Hackney has joined Morecambe on loan and could make his debut.

  • Defender Laurence Wilson is available again after being ruled out for two games through suspension after picking up 10 bookings.
  • Squads

    1GKNick Colgan
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFJoe Widdowson
    4MFDean Sinclair (on loan from Charlton)
    5MFOliver Lancashire
    6MFPeter Sweeney
    7MFAdrian Forbes
    8FWNathan Jarman
    9FWAdam Proudlock
    10FWBarry Conlon
    13MFNick Hegarty
    14MFPeter Bore
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFPaul Linwood
    19MFMichael Leary
    20MFJammal Shahin
    21FWMichael Coulson (on loan from Barnsley)
    22MFMark Gray
    24DFJamie Devitt (on loan from Hull City)
    25DFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    28FWJosh Fuller
    29FWBradley Wood
    31FWMark Oxley (on loan from Hull City)
    32MFMark Hudson
    33FWAshley Chambers (on loan from Leicester City)
    34FWParis Cowan-Hall (on loan from Portsmouth)
    35GKLeigh Overton
    36FWTommy Wright
    37FWLee Peacock
    1 GK Barry Roche
    2 DF Darren Moss
    4 DF David Artell
    5 DF Jim Bentley (captain)
    6 MF Craig Stanley
    7 MF Simon Hackney (on loan from Colchester United)
    8 MF Garry Hunter
    9 FW Wayne Curtis
    10 FW Phil Jevons (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
    11 MF Neil Wainwright
    12 GK Scott Davies
    13 MF Ian Craney (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
    14 MF Manny Panther (on loan from Exeter City)
    15 MF Fraser McLachlan
    16 MF Stewart Drummond (vice-captain)
    17 FW Aaron Taylor
    18 MF Mark Duffy
    19 DF Laurence Wilson
    20 MF Matty Poole
    21 FW Paul Mullin
    22 DF Andy Parrish
    23 DF Henry McStay
    24 DF Rory Winters (on loan to Vauxhall Motors)
    25 MF Ben Jackson
    28 DF Will Haining

    Head to Head

    Town have never beaten Morecambe at home but have won twice away - both in the same season.

    P 9 W 2 D 4 L 3 F 12 A 10

    Head-to-Head (71st The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1 Morecambe 1 (Tue 18th Dec 2009)

    Peter Sweeney lit up the game on a freezing cold night with a spectacular goal.



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