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Match preview: Morecambe v Sunderland AFC

29 April 2022

Morecambe welcome Sunderland AFC to the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday 30 April for the final game of the 2021/22 Sky Bet League One season.

The Shrimps come into the game two points clear of the drop zone. Derek Adams' men failed to increase their distance from the relegation zone at the weekend when they were beaten 2-0 against promotion-chasers MK Dons away from home. Harry Darling opened the scoring 20 minutes in before Daniel Harvie wrapped up the points ten minutes from time with a deflected effort from outside the box.
In the reverse fixture, the Black Cats claimed a comfortable win after putting five past Morecambe. Ross Stewart, Alex Pritchard and Leon Dajaku got their names on the scoresheet as well as Nathan Broadhead who struck twice.
The Opposition
Alex Neil’s side sit 5th in League One and will now have their sights set on winning promotion via the Play-Offs. They come into the clash unbeaten in twelve games and in midweek, they were held to a 1-1 draw by second place Rotherham United. 
Former defensive midfielder Alex Neil began his career at Dunfermline. The Scotsman played for Airdrieonians, Barnsley, Mansfield and Hamilton Academical - the latter where he became player manager in 2013. The following year, Neil won the Accies promotion to the Scottish Premiership before becoming Norwich City manager. He won promotion to the Premier League with the Canaries through the Play-Offs, but they were relegated the following season. The 40-year-old spent three years at Preston North End before taking charge at Sunderland in February 2022 after Lee Johnson was relieved of his duties.
Key Players
Striker Ross Stewart was handed a place in the EFL League One Team of the Season after scoring 24 league goals so far this campaign. The 25-year-old made the move to the North East in the summer from Ross County where he helped the club win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
24-year-old Nathan Broadhead is on loan with the Black Cats from Everton and has contributed with 11 league goals so far this season. The forward joined the Toffees at the age of seven. He spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Burton Albion in League One before joining Sunderland on a season-long loan in August.
Midfielder Elliot Embleton has netted eight goals this term and has also provided seven assists. The 23-year-old came through the youth-setup at Sunderland. He spent time on loan at Grimsby Town in August 2018 and spent time on loan in the North West with Blackpool in February 2021 until the end of the season. Embleton scored his first goal for Sunderland earlier this season against MK Dons. 
Shrimps’ Pre-Match Thoughts
Morecambe boss Derek Adams said the group are looking forward to playing in front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday. 
“We’re really confident at home, we’ve got a huge backing, it's a sell-out crowd for the game on Saturday and we are all thoroughly looking forward to that,” he said. 
“I think that’s important, your home form, we’d always like to have done better away from home but we understand the league that we are in.
“We understand that Sunderland are a huge football club and we understand they’re in the same division as us and that gives us that opportunity to try and get something from the game on Saturday.”
Meet the Officials 
Surrey-based Gavin Ward will be the man in the middle on Saturday. He will be assisted by linesmen Matthew McGrath and Nicholas Barnard. Darren Handley will be the Fourth Official.
Ward has taken charge of 35 games this season in the Championship, League One, League Two and the FA Cup respectively. In these games, he has handed out 145 yellow cards and four red cards. 
He was promoted to the Select Group 2 list of referees before the 2018/19 season.
After teaming up with Beyond Radio for the 2021/22 season, supporters will be able to listen to exclusive, full and uninterrupted radio commentary of every single game, home and away, which will be broadcast simultaneously on 103.5FM, 107.5FM and DAB+ digital radio across North Lancashire and South Cumbria as well as on the iFollow Shrimps platform.
Audio passes are available from as little as £2.50 per match, £4.49 for a monthly pass or £45 for a season pass.
As well as full match commentary, the ‘Shrimps Verdict’ podcast will be available post-match, featuring online, on demand content, including audio match highlights, post-match interviews and reaction, and much more!

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 0-1 Sunderland AFC

30 April 2022

Morecambe 0-1 Sunderland
Sky Bet League One 
The Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 30 April 2022
Kick-Off: 12:30pm
Attendance: 5,831
Morecambe fell to defeat on the final day of the season but ensured they would be playing their football in Sky Bet League One next season. Nathan Broadhead’s early strike proved the difference between the two teams in-front of a record-breaking crowd at the Mazuma Stadium.
In the opening minutes the Shrimps put Sunderland under some early pressure with two corners, however it was the away side who opened the scoring. 
The game’s first shot on target resulted in a goal after Broadhead pounced on a Shrimps’ mistake. The forward raced through and slotted past Trevor Carson in the 10th minute. 
Five minutes later Dylan Connolly tried his luck from the edge of the box but saw his effort fly over the bar. 
The visitors looked to carve out an opportunity in the 22nd minute when the ball was threaded through to Broadhead but Jacob Bedeau did well to disposes the Sunderland goalscorer.
Sunderland boss Alex Neil was forced to make his first change four minutes later. Jack Clarke came on to replace the injured Broadhead. 
Half-time: Morecambe 0-1 Sunderland
Just before the hour mark the Shrimps had an opportunity when they were awarded a free-kick from 25 yards out after Connolly was brought down. Adam Phillips’s right-footed set piece was well-defended by the Black Cats. 
Up the other end Sunderland looked to double their lead when Clarke laid the ball off to Ross Stewart who saw his strike deflected behind for a corner. 
Alex Neil’s men came close again when Stewart found Patrick Roberts at the far post however his close-range shot from a tight angle was well-saved by Carson. 
In the 81st minute Sunderland were given a free-kick when Roberts was tripped on the edge of the area by Aaron Wildig however Pritchard’s resulting strike smashed against the wall and went behind for a corner. 
The Black Cats had a late opportunity when Roberts lashed the ball across the face of goal but Ryan Cooney did well to direct the ball away from danger. 
Full-time: Morecambe 0-1 Sunderland 
Morecambe: Carson, Bedeau, Stockton, Wildig, Connolly (Obika 84’), Phillips, Cooney, Gibson, Gnahoua (Ayunga 68’), Fane (Diagouraga 72’), Bennett
Subs not used: Smith, O’Connor, S McLoughlin, McCalmont 
Goals: None.
Bookings: Phillips, Wildig
Red cards: None.
Sunderland: Patterson, Evans, Batth, Embleton, Broadhead (Clarke 37’), Gooch, O’Nien, Stewart (Matete 73’), Pritchard (Neil 82’) Wright, Roberts
Subs not used: Hoffmann, Xhemajli, McGeady, Hume
Goals: Broadhead 10’
Bookings: None.
Red cards: None.

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Ticket News

UPDATED: Sunderland AFC (H) ticket details

19 April 2022

Our final day Sky Bet League One clash against Sunderland AFC on Saturday 30 April will be an ALL-TICKET fixture.

No tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game.

Morecambe v Sunderland AFC
Sky Bet League One
Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 30 April 2022
Kick Off: 12:30pm

As of 09:00am on Wednesday 20 April, only standing tickets remain in the MGS Terrace with all Bartercard Terrace and seated options having completely sold out.  

Season Ticket holders are guaranteed their place and will just present their Season Ticket at the turnstiles as usual.

All other home tickets are now on sale to Morecambe FC supporters who have an existing ticket account and who have previous home ticket purchase history, in the last 12 months on our system.

To purchase tickets, you must log into your existing account to see the event and from there you will be able to purchase as usual. No new accounts can be created for tickets for this fixture.

Any supporter who wishes to buy in person from the club shop will be asked to provide their ticketing account details, along with photo I.D and proof of address which matches the details on our system.

Anyone purchasing tickets for this fixture must ensure the address on their account matches the address the card being used for payment is registered too, in order to allow payment to be processed through our payment system.

Purchases will be limited to four tickets per eligible account as per the above criteria. 

All ticket collections for this fixture must be collected prior to 11:30am on the day of the game.

Prices for the fixture are listed below;


Adult: £20

65+: £15

Young Adult 18-22: £10

Junior 14-17: £5

Under 14: £3

Fans must purchase tickets by 5pm on Friday 29 April, or until sold out, whichever is earlier. No ticket sales will take place on the day of the fixture.

Please note phone sales are not available for this fixture, so supporters must purchase their tickets;

We have a limited number of wheelchair spaces available, please contact the club shop directly to purchase these spaces along with carer tickets.

Tickets have been provided to Sunderland AFC for their supporters, which have now sold out.

Any visiting supporters found in home areas will be ejected from the stadium for breaching Ground Regulations. Any home fans purchasing tickets in the home areas of the stadium for away supporters may face further action from Morecambe Football Club and we would ask everyone to bear this in mind when buying extra tickets.

Following the Bolton Wanderers fixture, where a small number of tickets were sold on to away fans, lifetime bans were issued to the Morecambe FC ticketing account holders who purchased the tickets.

The Club would like to thank supporters for their understanding and co-operation as we prepare for this exciting final day fixture!

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