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TEAM NEWS V HALIFAX TOWN

10 November 2018

JIM Bentley has named his starting xi to face Halifax Town in today’s FA Cup first round tie.

Mark Halstead remains in goal with Barry Roche failing to recover from his thigh strain that kept him out of the victory against Yeovil last weekend.

Steven Old returns to the starting xi after recovering from his achilles injury. The experienced centre half partners Sam Lavelle in a back four between Zak Mills and Luke Conlan.

Jordan Cranston and Aaron Wildig remain in central midfield behind the same front four that faced Yeovil a week ago.

Liam Mandeville and Rhys Oates play on the wings, with A-Jay Leitch-Smith and Vadaine Oliver leading the line for the Shrimps.

Dawid Szczepaniak provides goalkeeper cover on the substitutes’ bench, he’s joined by Josef Yarney, Andrew Tutte, Alex Kenyon, Carlos Mendes Gomes, Jason Oswell and Kevin Ellison.

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MORECAMBE 0-0 HALIFAX TOWN

10 November 2018

Morecambe are in the hat for the second round of the FA Cup - but will need a replay against Halifax Town to get there after a 0-0 draw at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps had more of the play made and created the majority of the chances but were left relived at the end after the National League visitors had a goal disallowed for the narrowest of offsides.

Boss Jim Bentley one change to the side who got the better of Yeovil Town last weekend.

That came in the centre of defence with Steve Old replacing Josef Yarney and taking his place alongside Sam Lavelle.

The game started with the Shrimps enjoying the greater share of possession but they were restricted to long range and speculative efforts on goal. A-Jay Leitch-Smith had a 20-yard shot pushed over by visiting keeper Sam Johnson, who also made a low save to keep out Jordan Cranston’s long-range effort.

Sam Lavelle also headed off target and Johnson tipped over Vadaine Oliver’s looping header as Morecambe had the best of what few opportunities there were in the first half.

The second half was much more open.

Just three minutes after the restart Halifax defender Matty Brown produced a superb goal line clearance from Rhys Oates’ shot but the longer the game went on the more the visitors began to threaten themselves.

They carved out an excellent chance midway through the half when Cameron King did excellently to turn away from the Morecambe defence before laying the ball across to Niall Maher.

The build-up was better than the shot, however, as Maher could only shoot weakly at Mark Halstead from 18 yards.

Both sides rang the changes as the second half progressed with one of Morecambe’s replacements, Andrew Tutte, seeing a cross deflected onto the bar and away.

Another substitute, Kevin Ellison, curled a shot across the face of goal and behind, while Leitch-Smith’s ball in was headed narrowly wide of his own goal by Josh Staunton.

However, the visitors thought they had snatched it in the first of four added minutes.

Morecambe surrendered possession from their corner, allowing the visitors to break and, when the ball came in from the left, Edwards emphatically headed past Halstead.

Their celebrations were cut short though by an offside flag, and despite another three added minutes, both sides will meet again a week on Tuesday.

Morecambe: Halstead, Mills, Lavelle, Old, Conlan, Mandeville (Tutte 55), Wildig, Cranston (Oswell 80), Oates (Ellison 55), Leitch-Smith, Oliver. Subs not used: Szczepaniak, Kenyon, Yarney, Mendes Gomes.

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Clarke, Brown, Skarz, Hanson, Staunton, King, Maher, Sellers, Southwell (Edwards 82), Odelusi (Preston 68). Subs not used: Rowley, McLeod.

Referee: Darren Drysdale.

Attendance: 1,736.

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