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English Football League - League Two

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1 January 2020

Derek Adams has named two changes to his side to face Bradford City this afternoon.

Mark Halstead remains in goal behind an unchanged back four of George Tanner, Steven Old, Ritchie Sutton and Luke Conlan.

Alex Kenyon captains the side in a midfield three between Tom Brewitt and Aaron Wildig, who replaces Kevin Ellison in the starting xi.

John O'Sullivan moves into the front three with Carlos Mendes Gomes and A-Jay Leitch-Smith who comes into the side at the expense of Lewis Alessandra.

Andre Da Silva Mendes, Lewis Alessandra, Kevin Ellison, Sam Lavelle, Michael Howard and Jordan Cranston are on the substitutes' bench.

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Match Reports


1 January 2020

A LATE goal from Bradford substitute Aramide Oteh saw Morecambe suffer a third successive defeat.

The Shrimps produced a much-improved display but were undone by the only goal of the game 11 minutes from time when Oteh forced home Dylan Connolly’s cross from close range after the Shrimps were caught out by a quickly taken free kick.

Boss Derek Adams made two changes to the side that lost at Cambridge with Aaron Wildig and A-Jay Leitch-Smith recalled with Lewis Alessandra and Kevin Ellison dropping to the bench.

The changes looked to pay dividends as the Shrimps went for Bradford from the start with A-Jay Leitch-Smith seeing an early effort blocked by Ben Richards-Everton before the home defence was forced to clear a goalmouth scramble with Alex Kenyon having a couple of efforts on goal.

The early pressure almost paid off on 11 minutes when Steven Old saw a header from Luke Conlan’s left wing free kick beat Richard O’Donnell but hit the Bradford crossbar and bounce to safety.

After a sluggish start, Bradford hit back with the experienced James Vaughan flashing a shot wide and Matty Palmer seeing a shot blocked by George Tanner before the Shrimps took charge again.

John O’Sullivan delivered a superb cross that flashed across the Bradford six yard box and claims for a penalty were turned away when a Leitch-Smith cross seemed to hit a Bradford hand.

But as the half came to an end Bradford threatened again with Vaughan looping a header over and then putting the ball into a dangerous area with Richards-Everton almost connecting at full stretch.

The Shrimps started the second half on the front foot with the impressive Carlos Mendes-Gomes firing straight at O’Donnell from the edge of the area and Tom Brewitt drawing a superb block from Paudie O’Connor.

Ritchie Sutton then saw an effort go close before Bradford took the lead against the run of play when Connolly’s s cross was helped on by Vaughan before breaking for the Queens Park Rangers loanee who lifted the ball over Mark Halstead.

The hosts were then inches away from doubling their advantage just three minutes later, when a spectacular long-range volley from Ismail struck the crossbar.

The Shrimps looked to hit back but Bradford stayed strong and the Shrimps went down to defeat.

Bradford: O’Donnell, Henley (rep Oteh 60), Wood, P O’Connor, A O’Connor, Richards-Everton, Reeves (rep Taylor 77), Palmer, McCartan (rep Ismail 60), Connolly, Vaughan. Subs not used: Sykes-Kenworthy, Gibson, Anderson, Cooke.

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Old, Sutton, Conlan, Kenyon, Brewitt, O’Sullivan, Wildig (rep Ellison 86), Mendes-Gomes, Leitch-Smith. Subs not used: Da Silva Mendes, Howard, Lavelle, Cranston, Alessandra.

Ref: A Haines.

Att: 14,111.

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Ticket News


12 December 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the New Years Day visit to Valley Parade.

Tickets will be available until 12.30pm on New Years Eve from the Club Shop. Please click here to see the Christmas opening times.

Prices are as follows:

Adults £20
OAP/Student £15
Juniors Under 16 £10
Under 11s £5 (when purchased with an adult)

Please note, Adult ticket prices increase to £25 on matchday.

Concessionary tickets are pensioners aged 60 and over and students in full time education with valid student ID. Juniors are 15 and under. Under 11 tickets can only be purchased with at least one full paying adult.

Disabled fans pay the age related price from the list above. Disabled fans must be in receipt of DLA at the higher level, or middle rate for mobility. If this is the case then disabled fans will be entitled to one free carer.

There are parking restrictions all around the stadium, including permit only areas. These regulations are rigorously enforced. There is a paying car park on Midland Road, or Tesco is a short walk away on valley Road where three hours free parking is permitted.

There are several disabled parking places either on Midland Road, directly in front of Rock Terrace, this is a row of terraced houses set back from the road, or around the ground. Please ensure a blue badge is clearly displayed if using these spaces. Please also note that Bradford are unable to store items such as buggies or prams.

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