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Preview: Morecambe (A)

2 April 2015

The season enters the final straight as Stanley make the short trip north to take on Lancashire neighbours Morecambe.

Ahead of kick off, the Chris Forsyth has all the information you might need:As the end of season run-in begins Stanley head to the Globe Arena to renew their rivalry with Morecambe.

Times have been tough for the Reds of late, with John Coleman's side without a win in seven games but the Shrimps have struggled on their own territory too with no win at home for four matches.

The respective runs mean a victory in this Lancashire derby could mean all the more to the victors come full time.[/vc_tab]Midfielder Andy Procter is the only definite Stanley absentee, with his ankle injury ruling him out for the season.

Loan signing Ryan Jennings has now been training with his new team mates for a week and could come into contention with Tony Warner now providing competition in goal to Scott Davies following Andrew Dawber's departure this week.

John Coleman has suggested he has a number of selection headaches ahead of the game so there could be changes to the line up.[/vc_tab]The Shrimps have spent three of the last 10 seasons in the Conference, with the other seven seasons being spent in League Two. They finished in 3rd place in the Conference in the 2006/07 season and sealed their promotion to the Football League with a 2-1 victory over Exeter City in the play-off final. Garry Thompson and Danny Carlton scored the Shrimps goals.

They have then spent the last seven seasons in League Two and during that time have made the play offs in the 2009/10 season, after finishing in 4th place. Last season they finished 18th in League Two.[/vc_tab]

Jim Bentley

The 38 year old former Shrimps defender is in his first managerial role, having taken over at the club in 2011.

Bentley started his playing career at Manchester City, but left without making a first team appearance. Bentley then moved to Telford in 1997 and made 79 appearances and scored 23 goals, before he moved on to Morecambe in 2002. In his time at Morecambe, he made 298 appearances and scored 29 goals.

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Laurence Wilson

28 year old Wilson signed for the Shrimps last summer and has so far made 27 appearances and scored one goal for the club. He is a familiar face to Stanley fans, having made 34 appearances for the club between 2013 and 2014.

Wilson started his career at Everton before moving on to Chester, where he made 115 appearances and scored four goals between 2006 and 20009. He then moved to Morecambe and made 111 appearances and scored 11 goals between 2009 and 2012. He then moved to Rotherham United and made five appearances for the club in 2012 before signing for Stanley.

[/vc_tab]The sides have met 15 times in the Football League and Stanley have maintained an unbeaten record in that period.

The Reds have notched up ten wins, with five ending in draws.

Morecambe's last league victory was a 3-2 win at Christie Park in September 2005, though they were 2-0 winners at the Store First Stadium in September 2012 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Last season when the sides met at the Globe Arena Stanley picked up a 2-1 victory, with goals from Danny Webber and Peter Murphy. Jack Sampson scored for Morecambe.

The two sides have also met at the Store First stadium this season, with Stanley again picking up a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Luke Joyce and Shay McCartan. Paul Mullin netted for the Shrimps.[/vc_tab]Stanley are without a win in their last seven outings, drawing three and losing four since beating Burton in late February.

John Coleman's side sit 17th in League Two, eight points clear of the relegation places.

The Shrimps have had a good season so far, sitting in 13th place in League Two. They have won six, drawn five and lost eight of their 19 home matches so far this season.

Their last two matches have produced 1-1 draws away at Exeter City and Carlisle United and in their last home match they were beaten 4-1 by Shrewsbury Town - in fact they have lost their last four at the Globe Arena.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

Gornell 8 (5 for Cheltenham)

McCartan 6

Mingoia 6

Gray 5

Maguire 5

Naismith 4

Joyce 4

Atkinson 4

Windass 4

Morecambe

Redshaw 11

Ellison 10

Amond 8[/vc_tab]

Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

Mr Ilderton has well over a decade of refereeing experience at Conference and Football league level.

His last Stanley game was the 2-1 FA Cup win over Notts County in November.

This season: 27 games, 84 yellow cards, 1 red cards[/vc_tab]

The Ground

The Shrimps moved to the Globe Arena in 2010, after playing at Christie Park for the previous 89 years. The current capacity of the Globe Arena is 6476 and their record attendance is 5003 set against Burnley in 2010.

The club's all time record attendance was set at Christie Park in 1962, when 9383 turned up to watch the club's first ever FA Cup third round appearance against Weymouth.

For more information on Morecambe, why not visit their official website www.morecambefc.com or their Twitter feed @Shrimpsofficial[/vc_tab]Several players have appeared for both clubs. Current Stanley keeper Scott Davies made 26 appearances in two separate spells at the Shrimps and has made 12 appearances so far for Stanley.

Current Morecambe players Laurence Wilson, Padraig Amond, Mark Hughes and Jamie Devitt have all appeared for both clubs and in days gone by Paul Mullin and Ged Brannan appeared for both sides.[/vc_tab]


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