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SHRIMPS SET TO HOST CAMBRIDGE UNITED

24 January 2020

The Shrimps host Cambridge United at the Globe Arena on Saturday afternoon as Derek Adams looks to extend his side's string of home results, which has seen only one defeat in their last seven fixtures on home soil.

Cambridge make the trip north off the back of a disappointing 4-0 home defeat to then bottom club Stevenage, which saw Morecambe slip to the foot of the table.

The result for Colin Calderwood's side was their fourth successive defeat, their sixth in seven games. Their last victory came against the Shrimps at the Abbey Stadium in December.

The Shrimps' were beaten last time out at Sixfields despite having the best chances and dominating periods of the game.

Boss, Derek Adams said: "After last week's game against Northampton we've signed Christian Mbulu and we obviously signed Christoffer Mafoumbi prior to the game for the rest of the season and we're looking to continue to strengthen the side before the window closes.

"We've got one more signing to try and make before next Friday.

"We're looking forward to the game against Cambridge, we've done really well at home recently and the supporters have really backed us at home.

"We've put together some really good performances of late and Adam Phillips has created a couple of goals, scored a couple of goals and we look good going forward."


TICKET INFORMATION


Shrimps fans are reminded to purchase their match tickets in advance as prices rise by £2 on the day.

Tickets are no longer available for purchase at individual turnstiles, therefore, supporters are advised to pre-purchase their match tickets in advance of the fixture to take advantage of price savings and to avoid queues at the ticket office.

Tickets are available from the Morecambe FC Club Shop up to 5:30pm Friday, and Saturday from 10pm - 12pm. The Ticket Office will be open from 12 noon on Saturday.

Online sales are available up to kick off with the £2 price increase coming into effect at midnight on Friday 24th, tickets can be collected from the Ticket Office on the day.

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Alternatively, Shrimps fans can print off their own e-ticket or opt to receive the ticket QR code via SMS message directly to their smartphone. Either of these options can then be scanned directly at the turnstile.

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CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1-0 MORECAMBE

29 December 2019

A SOLITARY goal from Cambridge midfielder Jack Roles saw the Shrimps fall to a second successive defeat.

Derek Adams’s side had a huge stroke of bad luck as Roles' shot from the right hand side of the area took a wicked deflection off Steven Old to beat Mark Halstead who looked to have the effort covered.

It was another huge blow for the Shrimps who kept the home side at bay for the majority of the game without creating too many clear cut chances of their own.

Kevin Ellison did have the ball in the back of the net when he volleyed home Alex Kenyon’s cross home on the hour and Jordan Cranston had a golden chance in injury time only to shoot weakly at home keeper Callum Burton when he should have done better.

Adams made two changes to the side that lost to Oldham on Boxing Day with Cole Stockton ruled out through injury and A-Jay Leitch-Smith dropping to the bench with Ritchie Sutton coming back into the centre of defence and Lewis Alessandra starting up front.

The first half ended without a goal with defences very much on top.

Morecambe had the first effort of note with Ellison volleying over George Tanner’s far post cross before the home side enjoyed a period of dominance.

George Taft headed over a Roles corner before Marc Richards went close on two occasions. The veteran striker first saw a long range effort well saved by Mark Halstead low to his left hand side before the same player saw a shot from the angle cleared off the line by the recovering Tanner.

Morecambe began to cause the home side some problems after the half hour with Tanner trying his luck from 30 yards with a shot that curled wide of the left hand post.

The best chance for the Shrimps before the break came for Ellison who was teed up well by Carlos Mendes-Gomes only to flick his shot from close range over the bar.

Cambridge started the second half on the front foot with Roles giving them the advantage just before the hour.

The goal gave the home side a lift and they enjoyed another period on top. Richards saw a header cleared off the line by Kenyon and Paul Lewis headed inches over from another Roles corner before Morecambe staged a late rally.

Burton was forced to save at the second attempt after fumbling a right wing cross and both John O’Sullivan and Leitch-Smith saw shots well blocked by the home defence to deny the Shrimps a way back into the game as they searched for a leveller.

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Old, Sutton, Conlan, Kenyon, Brewitt, (rep Wildig 74) Mendes-Gomes, O’Sullivan, Ellison (rep Cranston 68), Alessandra (rep Leitch-Smith 74). Subs not used:
Da Silva Mendes, Brownsword.

Cambridge: Burton, Darling, Taft, Taylor, Jones, Richards (rep Dunk 77), O’Neil (rep Lambe 56), Maris, Lewis, Roles (rep Knibbs 83), Smith, Subs not used: Mitov, Dallas, Dunk, Norville-Williams,, Worman.

Ref: W Finnie.

Att: 4.086

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