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Match preview: Bolton Wanderers v Morecambe

8 March 2022

The Shrimps are back in action on Tuesday 8 March as they take on Bolton Wanderers in Sky Bet League One.

Morecambe will look to bounce back after last weekend’s game at Home Park, which saw Conor Grant and Ryan Hardie secure the points for Plymouth Argyle in a 2-0 defeat.

The Shrimps have a short history with Bolton, which started just 12 months ago, when the teams met twice in League Two. Last time at the Mazuma Stadium, Cole Stockton fired home from an Adam Phillips cross, before a stoppage time equaliser from Amadou Bakayoko rescued a point for the 10-man Wanderers. 

The Opposition 

Ian Evatt’s side come into the clash with Morecambe on good form, winning seven of their last 10 games. Their last outing saw them walk away with all three points, seeing off Gillingham away from home. Aaron Morley put the Trotters 1-0 up before second-half strikes from Declan John and Jón Dadi Bödvarsson secured the win for Bolton.

Manager Ian Evatt began his career as a player at Derby County and made more than 500 professional appearances for various Clubs including Blackpool, Chesterfield, Northampton Town and Queens Park Rangers.

Evatt re-joined Chesterfield and was club captain before a brief stint as caretaker manager in 2018. That same year, he was announced as the new manager of Barrow AFC and in his second year in charge, the Club were promoted to the Football League. Evatt arrived at the University of Bolton Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, where he won the Trotters automatic promotion to League One.

Key Players

Born in Iceland, Jón Dadi Bödvarsson spent his youth career at his hometown club Selfoss and was signed for their senior team at 17-years-old. He played for Danish, German and Norwegian clubs before moving to England to join Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2016. Bödvarsson has since played for Championship Clubs Millwall and Reading, before arriving at Bolton Wanderers in January this year. The centre forward also has 62 senior caps for his native Iceland.

Declan John progressed through the youth Academy at Cardiff City, where he spent five years, before loan spells at Barnsley and Chesterfield. He was loaned to Scottish Premiership side Rangers and, three months later, the move was made permanent. In 2018, John returned to Wales and signed for Swansea City, but history repeated itself last year when it was confirmed that John would make the move to Bolton Wanderers following a stint on loan at the club. He has also made seven senior appearances for the Welsh national team. 

George Johnson started his youth career at Liverpool’s Academy, playing for their U18s and Under 23s team, before making one appearance for the first-team during a friendly. At 20 years old, he wanted more first-team experience which prompted a big move to Dutch club Feyenoord in 2019. Less than two years later, Johnson found himself returning to England on loan to League One club Wigan Athletic before signing for the Trotters last year.

Shrimps’ Pre-Match Thoughts 

Derek Adams says that he has his sights set on the teams above, but admits that his side must pick up a good number of wins between now and the end of the season.

He said: “I think, at this point of the season, we obviously need three points, we have got to pick up a good number of wins between now and the end of the season to make us safe. 

“There are two teams above us that we think we can catch, could we catch a third team above us in Lincoln City? It is a possibility. 

“We can only do that by winning football matches, we have to look at ourselves but we are obviously helped by other results in the league, we are looking to win the game and hope that the teams above us lose to jump those places above them.” 

Meet the Officials 

Christopher Sarginson will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night and will be assisted by linesmen Alan Clayton and Paul Newhouse. Aaron Jackson is Fourth Official. 

The Staffordshire-born referee has taken charge of 26 games so far this season and handed out 87 yellow cards and three red cards. Sarginson has officiated in League One, League Two, the FA Cup and the Football League Trophy this campaign.

The last match Sarginson officiated for the Shrimps was during the first round of the FA Cup last November, when Morecambe beat Newport County 1-0 at the Mazuma Stadium. 

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Shrimps

8 March 2022

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Morecambe 
Sky Bet League One 
University of Bolton Stadium
Tuesday 8 March
Kick-Off: 8:00pm
Attendance: 14,559 (885 Shrimps) 

The Shrimps have to settle for a point after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s last-grasp strike cancelled out Cole Stockton’s first-half opener. 

Stockton netted his 19th goal of the Sky Bet League One campaign after a mistake in the Bolton back-line presented the ball to Adam Phillips, who squared it to Stockton to tap into an empty net. 

It was the late, late show again as Bodvarsson netted in the final seconds of injury time as the Shrimps failed to clear a corner. 

The first chance of the half fell to Derek Adams’ men as Dylan Connolly broke free off the Trotters’ back-line, but the Irishman could not beat James Trafford with his low effort. 

Bolton had the best chance to open the scoring on the seventh minute, as a lovely bit of passing saw Declan John lay the ball back to Dion Charles, but the former Accrington Stanley man hit his left-footed effort over the bar. 

It was Charles again who came close on the 19th minute, a ball through from Amadou Bakayoko was latched upon by Charles before letting fly from just inside the penalty area, thankfully for the Shrimps, his effort cannoned off the crossbar and away from danger. 

Ian Evatt’s side continued to stamp their authority on proceedings, this time a ball from John into the area was prodded goal-wards by Bakayoko, again it was wide of the mark. 

Four minutes before the break, the game turned on its head. 

A back-pass from George Johnston was too short for Trafford which allowed Phillips to nick the ball off the ‘keepers toes and into the path of Stockton, who had the goal at his mercy to tap the Shrimps into the lead. 

Half-time: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Morecambe

Four minutes into the second-half and the Shrimps really should have had a penalty.

Connolly’s ball into the box was over-hit, but in the process of getting the ball into the area, he was wiped out by Ricardo Santos, but referee Christopher Sarginson was unmoved. 

The hosts continued their assault on Trevor Carson’s goal, but the Shrimps back-line held firm, with Bedeau and O’Connor putting their bodies on the line to great effect. 

With 12 minutes left of the proceedings, Bolton skipper Ricardo Santos had a great chance to bring the home side level, but the centre-back could not find the net with a close range header. 

With seconds of the game remaining, the Trotters stole a point.

A corner was half-cleared and somehow made its way to Bodvarsson who slotted his effort past Carson. 

Full-time: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Morecambe

Bolton Wanderers: Trafford, John, Williams (Sadlier 67’), Santos (C), Johnston, Charles, Bakayoko (Bodvarsson 72’), Fossey, Aimson, Morley, Afolayan (Amaechi 83’). 

Subs not used: Dixon, Thomason, Baptiste, Gordon.

Goals: Bodvarsson 90+4’ 

Bookings: None. 

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Carson, O’Connor (C), Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton, Wildig (Fane 13’), Connolly, Phillips, McLoughlin, Gibson (Leigh 46’), Bennett (Cooney 65’). 

Subs not used: Smith, Leigh, Obika, Ayunga, Cooney, McCalmont.

Goals: Stockton 41’

Bookings: Gibson 35’, Connolly 73’

Red cards: None.

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Ticket News

Bolton Wanderers (A) ticket details

14 December 2021

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One game against Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers v Morecambe 
University of Bolton Stadium
Sunday 26 December 2021

Kick Off: 15:00 pm

Tickets are available in the South Stand (Lower). (Seated)

Tickets will remain on sale until 12noon Friday 24 December 2021. 

This is an ‘all-ticket’ fixture, therefore tickets must be purchased in advance of the game. No tickets will be available on the day.

Please note that all concessions may be asked to show identification at the turnstiles to gain access to the stadium. Those not able to produce identification at the turnstiles will be asked to upgrade the tickets at the ticket office.

Prices for the fixture are listed below. 

In Advance Prices:

Adult: £25

65+: £20

Under 23: £20


Under 18: £15

Under 12: £8

Fans must purchase tickets in advance, as there will be no tickets available on the day of the match. Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Morecambe FC Club Shop, online or over the phone. Ambulant/Disabled supporters must purchase the correct concessionary ticket and will receive an assistant ticket free of charge.

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