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Match preview: Morecambe v Wycombe Wanderers

21 January 2022

Morecambe are back in action at the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday 22 January when they take on League-leaders Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League One.

The Shrimps come into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at home to high-flyers Wigan Athletic. Cole Stockton put Morecambe ahead in the 7th minute, however a Will Keane leveller just before the break and a second-half header courtesy of Stephen Humphrys meant the visitors took home all three points. 
The two sides have met 19 times overall and the Chairboys have largely had the upper hand. Wanderers have won ten of those meetings and the Shrimps have won four. The points have been shared between the two teams on five occasions. 
In the reverse fixture, Wycombe beat the Shrimps 4-3 in a thrilling encounter. Morecambe went two up within the first half-hour thanks to goals from Alfie McCalmont and Adam Phillips, however the hosts got back on level terms after the break and took the lead in the 73rd minute before Jonah Ayunga equalised in the 80th minute. Curtis Thompson delivered the killer blow in the 92nd minute when he scored the winner for Gareth Ainsworth’s men.
The Opposition
Wycombe sit one point clear at the top of Sky Bet League One, but have Wigan Athletic breathing down their necks in second who have four games in hand on the table toppers. Last time out, they saw off Play-Off hopefulls Oxford United by two goals to nill at Adams Park.
As a player, Ainsworth made over 550 senior appearances including 141 for Queens Park Rangers where he also had two spells as caretaker Manager. The 48-year-old was appointed Wycombe caretaker-boss in September 2012 following the dismissal of Gary Waddock before being handed the job on a permanent basis two months later. He also made over 100 appearances as a player for the Club.
In 2020, he guided the Chairboys to the Championship via the Play-Offs for the first time in their history. The Chairboys were relegated back to League One on the final day of last season. 
Key players
Striker Sam Vokes arrived at Adams Park in the summer from Stoke City. The 32-year-old made over 200 appearances for Burnley, scoring over 50 goals. Vokes came through the youth setup at AFC Bournemouth and broke through to the first team back in 2006. Despite being born and raised in England, Vokes is eligible to play for Wales and has made over 60 appearances for the Dragons. So far this season, he leads Wycombe’s scoring table with eight goals.
Charlton Athletic youth product Brandon Hanlan was another summer signing. The 24-year-old’s previous clubs include Bristol Rovers and Gillingham where he represented both clubs in League One. He also spent time on loan at Colchester United and Bromley during his time at Charlton. This season, the forward has scored six goals for the Chairboys.
34-year-old Gareth McCleary has scored six goals so far this season. The former Jamaica international has also contributed with five assists. McCleary made over 100 appearances for Nottingham Forest before he joined Reading where he spent eight years between 2012 and 2020. He made the move to Adams Park in November 2020.
Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts
Manager Stephen Robinson said the Shrimps have proved they can compete against the Chairboys.
“I have to say out of the teams we’ve played, Rotherham and Wycombe were our two biggest challenges," he said.
"We were 2-0 up against Wycombe so we’ve proved we can play against them, we can compete against them but tough, tough side to play against.
“Different than Wigan, balls will be in our box at every opportunity, they go a bit more direct, they’re very good at what they do and when they land on the ball they’ve got quality.
“It’ll be a different fight, a different test for us but we still have to try and play our football.”
Aintsworth's pre-match thoughts
Ahead of the fixture, Gareth Ainsworth has said his side need to be at their best if they're to come away with anything from the Mazuma Stadium.
He said: "I'm from up that way and I know what it's like, I know what the conditions will be this time of year.
"I also know that Morecambe hasn't been a happy hunting grown really, home or away, I say happy, it's been an average hunting ground.
"We've got to be at our best for this one because they're a good side, they had a good result midweek, although they got beat, I think Wigan are one of the strongest teams in the League.
"They [Morecambe] scared them [Wigan], they took them all the way, and who can forget the 4-3 at Adams Park?
"It's going to be a tough game, as always." 
Meet the officials 
Referee Ben Toner will take charge of Saturday’s game. The Lancashire-based official will be assisted by Paul Newhouse and Helen Edwards. Andy Haines will be the Fourth Official. 
Toner has taken charge of 20 games this season in League One, League Two and various cup competitions. He has awarded 51 yellow cards and three reds. 
Last time he took charge of the Shrimps was on Tuesday 28 September when Morecambe beat Lincoln City 2-0 at the Mazuma Stadium.
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Report: Shrimps 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers

22 January 2022

Morecambe 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 22 January 
Kick-off: 3pm
The Mazuma Stadium
Sky Bet League One
Attendance: 3865 (328 away)
Anthony O’Connor, Jonah Ayunga and Cole Stockton got their names on the scoresheet as Morecambe came from behind twice to beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 at the Mazuma Stadium. 
The first chance of the game resulted in an opener for Gareth Ainsworth’s men. Adebayo Akinfenwa got on the end of Jordan Obita’s cross from the left and headed in via the underside of the crossbar. 
Five minutes later David Stockdale did well to keep out Arthur Gnahoua’s low strike from the edge of the penalty area. The Wycombe ‘keeper palmed the ball away to his left which found Jonah Ayunga, who saw his shot deflect wide. 
Joe Jacobson sent a dangerous cross into the Morecambe box which somehow managed to evade everyone and go out for a Shrimps’ throw-in. 
On the half-hour mark Greg Leigh whipped a ball into the box which was looking for Shane McLaughlin but the Morecambe man couldn’t find a connection. 
At the other end Brandon Hanlan turned his man and tried a shot from a tight angle but he could only fire his strike into the away end.
Six minutes before the break the Shrimps got their leveller from a corner.

The opportunity was created when Ayunga delivered a ball into the box with pace and power but it was deflected wide. Aaron Wildig sent in the resulting corner and it was O’Connor who rose highest and headed into the net. 
Half-time: Morecambe 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
A few minutes into the second half Jacob Bedeau got his body down well to block Hanlan’s close-range strike.
The visitors got their noses back in front in the 53rd minute when the ball fell to Jack Grimmer on the edge of the box. The defender unleashed a powerful, low strike which went into the net off the far post.
One the hour mark the Shrimps levelled once again. Stockton’s curled effort from the edge of the box was punched out by Stockdale but only as far as Ayunga who poked home, to put Morecambe level. 
The pair linked up beautifully once again to give the Shrimps the lead. Six minutes later Ayunga spotted Stockton’s run and delivered a perfect ball which the striker brought down and struck past Stockdale to put the Shrimps ahead.
In the 73rd minute Gnahoua tried his luck from distance but saw his effort fly over the bar. 
Wycombe looked for an equaliser when Jacobson’s ball from the left found Akinfenwa in a dangerous position however his header didn’t trouble Trevor Carson in the Shrimps’ goal. 
The Shrimps saw out the game to pick up an important three points and will be back in action next Saturday when they make the trip to Accrington Stanley.
Full-time: Morecambe 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers 

 Carson, Leigh, O’Connor, Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton (Duffus 90+1), Wildig (Fane 81’), Ayunga, McLaughlin, Cooney, Gnahoua

Subs not used:
Letheren, McDonald, Phillips, Gibson, McCalmont
Goals: O’Connor 39’, Ayunga 60’,  Stockton 67’
Bookings: Leigh 53’ Ayunga 86’

Red cards: None.
Wycombe Wanderers: Stockdale, Grimmer, Jacobson (De Barr 87’) Stewart, Tafazolli, Thompson (Horgan 75’), McLeary, Hanlan, Mehmeti (Wheeler 65’), Akinfenwa, Obita 
Subs not used: Pryzbek, McCarthy, Pendlebury, Forino
Goals: Akinfenwa 2’, Grimmer 54’
Bookings: Tafazolli 58’ Jacobson 84’
Red cards: None.

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Ticket News

Wycombe Wanderers (H) ticket details

11 January 2022

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One game at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

Morecambe v Wycombe Wanderers
Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 22 January 2022

Kick Off: 15:00pm

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

Prices for the fixture are listed below. 


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 are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance of the fixture to avoid delays on the day of the match. Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Morecambe FC Club Shop, online or over the phone.

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

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