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Match preview: Morecambe v Bolton Wanderers

4 February 2022

Morecambe return to home action at the Mazuma Stadium when they take on Bolton Wanderers in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 5 February.

The Shrimps fell to defeat in midweek at Hillsborough, George Byers put Sheffield Wednesday ahead ten minutes into the second-half before Nathaniel Mendez-Laing doubled their lead in stoppage time to ensure all three points remained in South Yorkshire.
The two teams faced each other last season in League Two and Saturday’s visitors remain unbeaten against the Shrimps. Last time at the Mazuma, Kelvin Mellor saw red for Morecambe and Ian Evatt’s men went on to record a 1-0 win. In the reverse fixture at the University of Bolton Stadium, Brad Lyons’ 83rd minute goal cancelled out Bolton’s opener and the points were shared.
The Opposition
Wanderers come into Saturday’s game in fine form with four wins on the bounce. In midweek, they recorded a 2-0 victory over Cambridge United after hitting Sunderland for six at the weekend. This recent run of form has lifted Ian Evatt’s men to 11th in the League table. 
After being relegated from League One the previous season, the Trotters bounced back under the management of Evatt and secured the third automatic promotion place in League Two last season. 
Between 1999 and 2018, Evatt made over 500 professional appearances. He came through the youth setup at Derby County and made over 30 appearances for the club.
The central defender won two promotions with Blackpool and played for them in the Premier League before joining Chesterfield where he helped the Spireites win League Two and reach the League One Play-Offs.
After a brief spell as caretaker manager at Chesterfield, Evatt took his first steps in management at Barrow and won the club, who avoided relegation on the final day of the previous season, promotion to the Football League.
The following summer, the 40-year-old made the move to the University of Bolton Stadium following the dismissal of Keith Hill.
Key players
Dapo Afolayan is Wanderers' top scorer with ten goals so far this season in the league. The 24-year-old spent time as a youngster at a number of clubs before moving to Canada with his family where he played for Toronto Varsity Blues. Afolayan signed for National League club Solihull Moors in 2017 and made 45 appearances for them and scored 15 goals, earning a move to West Ham where he spent time on loan at Oldham Athletic, Mansfield Town and Bolton Wanderers before signing a permanent deal with the latter in May 2021.
Wanderers’ captain Ricardo Santos arrived at the club in August 2020 from Barnet where he spent two-and-a-half seasons. After playing the first two years of his senior career in non-league, the defender signed for Peterborough United in 2012 and went on to make over 60 appearances for the club before joining the Bees. Last season, Santos was voted Bolton's Player of the Year and was also named in League Two’s Team of the Season.
Amadou Bakayoko came through the youth setup at Walsall and made over 90 appearances for the Club. The 26-year-old spent time out on loan in non-league with Southport, AFC Telford United and Worcester City before joining Coventry City in August 2018. The Sierra Leone-born forward made over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues in League One and the Championship before leaving last summer following the expiry of his contract. Bakayoko joined Bolton before the start of the 2021/22 campaign on a two-year deal and has scored four goals for the Club so far.
Ian Evatt’s pre-match thoughts
Ahead of the game, the Wanderers boss said his team know what to expect from the Shrimps, and that his side are always wanting to improve.
"Performances will bring points, we need to make sure that we perform as best we can, we know what to expect from all of our opponents coming up,” he said.
“On Saturday, we will need the correct mindset, mentality, and a good attitude to be able to win that game.
"We want success and we want victories, I want us to finish higher in the table than we are at the moment, so we’ve got to keep going.
“Everything must be improved on, we always want to be better and we always want to improve." 
Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts
Stephen Robinson said if the Shrimps continue to play the way they have been doing, they’ll turn performances into results, but he’s well aware of the threat that Bolton will pose on Saturday.
“I believe we’ve got a really good spirit about the camp, we’ve got boys that want to be here and really want to play for the football Club and that bodes well,” he said.
“I’m confident that if we continue to play, we’ll turn the performances into results.
“Bolton have been fantastic, I’ve watched three of their last four games.
"They’re a very good football side, they’ve got a set way of playing and they won’t change that for anybody which is credit to them, they’re a real threat.”
Meet the men in the middle 
Cleveland-based Ross Joyce will referee Saturday’s game. Assistants Danny Gratton and Gary Hilton will run the line and Lewis Smith will be the Fourth Official. 
Joyce has taken charge of 22 games so far this season in League's One and Two, as well as a number of cup competitions. He’s awarded a total of 72 yellow cards and four reds.
Last time he took charge of the Shrimps was in November for a Papa John’s Trophy clash against Carlisle United at the Mazuma Stadium which the visitors won 2-0.
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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

5 February 2022

Morecambe 1-1 Bolton WanderersSky Bet League One The Mazuma StadiumSaturday 5 FebruaryKick-Off: 3pmAttendance: 5617 (1757 away fans) 
Cole Stockton put the Shrimps ahead in the 73rd minute before substitute Amadou Bakayoko levelled five minutes into added time to give Bolton a share of the points on a wet and windy afternoon at the Mazuma Stadium.
The Shrimps saw off some early pressure from the visitors. First Dion Charles was dispossessed in a good position by Anthony O’Connor before the skipper did well to block Dapo Afolayan’s strike a minute later.
Just after the ten minute mark, Jonah Ayunga had a half-chance for the Shrimps when he flashed the ball wide of goal.
Ian Evatt’s men came close to taking the lead in the 18th minute. After some smart build-up play, Kieran Lee raced through towards goal and laid the ball off to Jordan Williams who blazed a powerful strike over the crossbar.
Morecambe created a great opportunity five minutes later when Ayunga played the perfect ball over the top to Stockton, however the Shrimps’ top scorer couldn’t find the target. 
Three minutes later, Shane McLaughlin’s teasing ball from the right found Stockton whose powerful shot from close-range was deflected wide by the Wanderers defence.
Debutant Adam Smith was forced into an excellent diving save on the half-hour mark. Aladapo Afolayan won the ball on the left and raced forward to find Declan John who saw his strike was palmed away to the left by the Shrimps’ ‘keeper. 
Before the break, the ball fell to Arthur Gnahoua on the edge of the area but the Morecambe man fired over the upward.
Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
Chances at the start of the second-half were few and far between, but it was O’Connor who had the best of the bunch for the Shrimps. The defender couldn’t get enough power behind his close-range shot to trouble Trafford in the Bolton goal.
The Shrimps were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot after Ricardo Santos handled the ball on the line to keep out Ayunga’s strike. The Bolton skipper saw red for the offence, but Stockton failed to capitalise on the opportunity when his penalty was saved by Trafford. 
Stockton made no mistake three minutes later when he put the Shrimps ahead. Ayunga sparked the move when he broke down the right, but it was Adam Phillips who was the provider when he layed off the ball to Stockton who struck past Trafford to send the Shrimps’ fans wild. 
Morecambe had the ball in the net again in the 77th minute when O’Connor’s header found the bottom corner, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper.
A few minutes into additional time, Ayunga played the ball to Stockton who would have been through on goal, but the striker got the ball caught under his feet. 
In the final stages of the game, Bolton got a leveller when substitute Amadou Bakayoko turned the ball into the net from close-range. 
Full-time: Morecambe 1-1 Bolton Wanderers 
Morecambe: Smith, R McLaughlin, Leigh, O’Connor, Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton, Ayunga, Phillips (85’ Fane), S McLaughlin, Gnahoua (90+8’ Connolly)
Subs not used: Da Silva Mendes, Obika, Cooney, McCalmont, Bennett
Goals: Stockton 73’
Bookings: Smith 86’
Red cards: None.
Bolton Wanderers: Trafford, John, Williams, Santos, Johnston, Charles (78’ Bakayoko), Fossey, Aimson, Morley, Afolayan (67’Dempsey), Lee (46’ Böðvarsson)
Subs not used: Dixon, Bakayoko, Sadlier, Thomason, John-Baptiste
Goals: Bakayoko 90+5’
Bookings: Johnston 44’
Red cards: Santos 69’ 

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Ticket News

Bolton Wanderers (H) ticket details

26 January 2022

Our Sky Bet League One clash against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 5 February will be an ALL-TICKET fixture.

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

Morecambe v Bolton Wanderers
Sky Bet League One
Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 5 February 2022
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Tickets are available in the Bartercard Stand, MGS Terrace and Wright & Lord Stand. 

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

Home fans must log into their account first to be able to purchase tickets for this fixture.

All other home tickets are now on general sale to supporters who have a previous home ticket purchase history, in the last 12 months on our system. Purchases will be limited to six tickets per person. 

Those who have not got an account with us, but purchase home tickets on the day, must visit the Morecambe FC Club Shop to purchase tickets for this fixture and be ready to present photo ID at the point of purchase.

There will be limited availability in both seated and standing areas.

Prices for the fixture are listed below. 

Seating Prices:

Adult: £25

65+: £20

Young Adult 18-22: £15

Junior 14-17: £7

Under 14: £5


Adult: £20

65+: £15

Young Adult 18-22: £10

Junior 14-17: £5

Under 14: £3

Fans must purchase tickets by 5pm on Friday 4 February, or until sold out, whichever is earlier.

Tickets can be purchased in advance either online or from the Morecambe FC Club Shop. Any supporter who wishes to buy in person from the Club Shop will be asked to provide photo I.D with proof of address, which must match the card on which payment is made.

Please note phone sales are not available for this fixture, so we would highly recommend supporters purchase their tickets via our online ticket website.

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 Bolton Wanderers 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.

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

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