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11 January 2020 Venue Globe Arena Attendance

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COLCHESTER PREVIEW

9 January 2020

SHRIMPS’ boss Derek Adams says his side will be looking to build on their positive performance at Bradford City when they face Colchester at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Morecambe went down 1-0 to the promotion-chasing Bantams on New Year’s Day but dominated the game for long periods with a display that Adams described as the best he had seen since taking over.

He is now hoping for the same positivity as the Shrimps look to record the double over the U’s this season.

He said: “Colchester have done really well this season and have got themselves into a good position where they are attempting to get out of the league automatically.

“From that point of view we know it is going to be a tough test for us but we have had a good week in training and will be looking to build on our really good performance at Bradford.

“We have had a bit of time to prepare for the game after a free weekend and the four new signings we have made in the window have had time to settle in.

“It is clear those signings have given us fresh blood and I think the players that were already here have upped their game as well which is always the reaction you want.

“The newcomers play in areas where I was particularly looking to strengthen the squad and we can look forward to them being involved at the weekend.’’

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 10th, 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.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Both sets of fans travelling from south of Lancaster this Saturday are reminded that the M6 will be closed between junction 32 and 33 throughout the weekend.

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Match Reports

MORECAMBE 1-1 COLCHESTER UNITED

11 January 2020

A GOAL from new boy Adam Phillips earned the Shrimps a deserved draw at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe went into the break a goal down after Frank Nouble’s 35th-minute strike with Phillips levelling proceedings with a headed goal midway through the second half.

Boss Derek Adams made six changes to the side that lost at Bradford on New Year’s Day with debuts for all four January signings Phillips, Toumani Diagouraga, Jordan Slew and Ryan Cooney with John O’Sullivan, A-Jay Leitch Smith, Ritchie Sutton, Aaron Wildig, Tom Brewitt and George Tanner dropping to the bench.

After a tough start for both sides with the swirling wind playing a huge part in the game, Phillips was the first to try his luck from distance with a long-range free-kick that dipped just over the bar.

At the other end, Mark Halstead was forced to push behind Luke Norris’s shot from the right-hand side before the visitors took the lead in controversial fashion on 35 minutes.


Referee Rob Lewis awarded Colchester a throw-in which should have gone the other way and they took full advantage when Ryan Clampin worked his way down the left and drilled in a superb low cross which was met by Nouble in the six-yard box.

The Shrimps almost found themselves 2-0 down in first-half injury time when Harry Pell’s long-range shot was deflected inches wide with Mark Halstead left wrong-footed.

Colchester continued to put pressure on the Morecambe goal early in the second half with Halstead producing a superb save to tip Kwame Poku’s shot from the right-hand side of the area against the foot of the post before reacting sharply to punch away Callum Harriott’s inswinging corner and then saving smartly from Pell’s fiercely-struck 20-yard free-kick.

The Shrimps then hit back with the dangerous Phillips seeing a shot parried by Dean Gerkan with Jordan Slew blazing the rebound over from close range before the Shrimps drew level on 69 minutes.

Substitute O’Sullivan, with his first touch of the game, delivered a pinpoint cross from the right-hand side and Phillips finished superbly with a header past Gerken.

Both sides pushed for the winner with Halstead turning away Nouble’s shot before Colchester went down to 10 men when Ryan Jackson was sent off for two bookings in quick succession on Carlos Mendes-Gomes who ended the game a real threat.

The Shrimps looked the more likely team to pinch the points with A-Jay Leitch-Smith seeing two efforts blocked before volleying over at the far post.

Morecambe: Halstead, Cooney, Lavelle, Old, Conlan, Diagouraga, Kenyon, Phillips, Mendes-Gomes, Stockton (Leitch-Smith 80), Slew (O’Sullivan 67). Subs not used: Da Silva Mendes, Sutton, Brewitt, Tanner.

Colchester United: Gerken, Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Clampin, Pell, Stevenson, Nouble, Poku (Ogedi-Uzokwe 82), Harriott (Gambin 71, Lapslie 85), Norris. Subs not used: Ross, Comley, Kensdale, Fernandes.

Referee: Robert Lewis.

Attendance: 1,593.

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