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Match Preview: Morecambe v Cheltenham

11 March 2022

The Shrimps host Cheltenham Town at the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday 12 March in Sky Bet League One.

Morecambe head into Saturday’s game looking for a win after settling for a draw on Tuesday night when they travelled to the University of Bolton Stadium. A defensive error from the Trotters left the goal wide open for Cole Stockton to slot in a cross from Phillips, but Böðvarsson’s late strike found its way in the back of the net, rescuing a point for the Ian Evatt’s men.

The Shrimps have played 25 games against the Robins since 2008, with most of those matches taking place in League Two, and a couple of FA Cup clashes. Over the 14 years, Morecambe have won seven, drawn seven and lost 11 times. Last October marked their first meeting in League One which ended in a 3-1 defeat, Phillips’ early equaliser wasn’t enough to take a point as the hosts netted two more goals in the second half.

The Opposition

Cheltenham are currently sitting mid-table and will be looking to bounce back after Tuesday night’s game ended 3-1, playing away from home to MK Dons. Troy Parrott and Mohamed Eisa had the Robins 2-0 down at half time, and a late third goal from Parrott proved the Dons were set to take all three points. Cheltenham continued to fight to the end however, as William Boyle caught a cross and headed the ball into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Jamie Cumming in the 89th minute.

In his player career, manager Michael Duff made over 600 appearances and earned an additional 24 caps for Northern Ireland. His youth career was spent at Darlington before moving to Carterton Town, and it was here that Duff was spotted by a Cheltenham Town scout. The former defender signed for the club in 1996 before heading out on loan to Cirencester Town for one season. Eight years later, Duff made the switch to Burnley, where he continued to play until he retired in 2016, having helped Burnley win the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League. Duff remained at the club for two years, as manager of their reserves team, before being appointed first team manager at Town. Duff led the Club to their first ever automatic promotion from League Two, as they finished the 2020/21 season in first place.

Key Players

Alfie May made his way to The Jonny-Rocks Stadium in January 2020, and is Cheltenham’s top scorer so far this season with 17 goals to his name. The striker began his career in the youth team at Millwall, and a few years after leaving their development phase, he started his senior career at Corinthian. May went on to play for London based club Bromley, as well as semi-professional teams such as VCD Athletic, Farnborough and Hythe Town. In 2016, he had a trial at League Two club Stevenage before turning professional and signing for Doncaster Rovers a few months later, where he helped the club earn promotion to League One.

18-year-old Aaron Ramsey joined Cheltenham in the January transfer window from Aston Villa, where he has spent both his youth and senior career so far. Ramsey came through the ranks at Villa’s Academy and assisted them in winning the FA Youth Cup. The midfielder has also captained England at U19s level and continues to feature for the international youth side.

Matthew Pollock, son of former midfielder Jamie Pollock, began his playing career at Middlesbrough before moving to Leeds United. At 17 years old, he joined Grimsby Town on a scholarship after being scouted playing for his father's team Polton Allstars, the defender turned professional less than a year later. Pollock was signed for Premier League club Watford earlier last year and arrived at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium in August for a season long loan.

Shrimps’ Pre-Match Thoughts

Like the Shrimps, the Robins were also promoted from League Two last season, and Derek Adams says they're enjoying a strong campaign back in the third division.

"Cheltenham have done really well this season," he said.

"Promoted with us last year, they've been able to pick up some really good points, they're nearly safe now and we've got to try and win this game to try and leapfrog the teams above us."

Meet the Officials

Andrew Kitchen will be the man in the middle on Saturday and will be assisted by linesmen Joe Simpson and Gary Hilton. Conor Brown is Fourth Official.

The Durham-based referee has taken charge of 25 games so far this season and handed out 65 yellow cards and just two red cards.

Kitchen has spent two years in the National League before his promotion late last year. He has since taken charge of games in League One and League Two, the Football League Trophy and FA Cup. He is yet to officiate a match for the Shrimps but has previously refereed Cheltenham Town.

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 1-3 Cheltenham Town

12 March 2022

Morecambe 1-3 Cheltenham Town
Sky Bet League One 
The Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 12 March 2022
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 3,733 (199 away)

The Shrimps ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline, with a Liam Sercombe deflected effort giving the Robins the lead, followed by a strike from Callum Wright to double their advantage, before Greg Leigh found the back of the net for the home side, but with 10 minutes to go, Alfie May wrapped up the points for the visitors. 

The first chance of the half came after two minutes when midfielder Wright took aim from outside the penalty area, but his shot did not test Trevor Carson in the Shrimps’ goal. 

It was Wright again, similar to his first effort, that tried his luck again, on this occasion Carson was right behind it to make a comfortable save.

Some heroic defending by Liam Gibson and Jacob Bedeau prevented striker Andy Williams from getting a shot away just after the half-hour mark.

Williams tried something different after that, chancing his arm from outside the box, but his attempt was well over the Shrimps’ crossbar. 

With a minute of the half remaining, the visitors took the lead, a ball through the middle found Sercombe, who carried posession before taking a shot from 25-yards, it took a wicked deflection off Bedeau and looped over the head of Carson and into the back of the net. 

Half-time: Morecambe 0-1 Cheltenham Town

The start of the second-half saw the Shrimps fall further behind, a long throw by Sean Long was flicked on by Will Boyle, it dropped to Elliot Bond who forced an initial good save from Carson in the Shrimps goal, but there was Wright to fire home from close range. 

A couple of minutes later, Derek Adams’ side were unfortunate not to pull a goal back, a catalogue of last-ditch challenges and blocks prevented the Shrimps from finding the back of the net, the most notable one was Stockton’s effort cleared off the line by Will Boyle. 

The home side did pull one back on the 52nd minute, a drilled ball along the box by Stockton found Leigh at the back-post, his first effort was blocked well by Matty Blair, thankfully he couldn’t  keep his second effort out, with the left-back forcing it over the line. 

Just before the hour mark, Carson made a brilliant one-handed save to deny Williams from just inside the penalty area. 

Ten minutes later, it was Owen Evans’ turn in the Robins’ goal to make a crucial save for his side, Stockton took aim from just outside the box on his right-foot, but a strong hand from Evans denied him his 20th goal of the Sky Bet League One season. 

On the 80th minute, the visitors added their third. 

Another long throw from Long was half-cleared, the ball fell to Wright who scuffed his effort, but it rolled perfectly to May who was lurking at the back-post, he managed to squeeze the ball under Carson and hand the visitors the three points. 

Full-time: Morecambe 1-3 Cheltenham Town

Morecambe: Carson, O’Connor (C), Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton, McCalmont (Obika 53’), Connolly, Phillips, McLoughlin, Gibson (Ayunga 76’), Leigh.

Subs not used: Smith, Mensah, Cooney, Gnahoua, Fane. 

Goals: Leigh 52'.

Bookings: None. 

Red cards: None.

Cheltenham Town: Evans, Long, Raglan, Sercombe, May, A Williams (Lloyd 85’), Boyle (C), Wright, Blair, Bonds (Colkett 61’), B Williams (Freestone 67’).

Subs not used: Flinders, Pollock, Chapman, Ramsey. 

Goals: Sercombe 44’, Wright 46’, May 80’.

Bookings: Bonds 9’.

Red cards: None.

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Ticket News

Cheltenham Town (H) ticket details

3 March 2022

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One game against Cheltenham Town.

Morecambe v Cheltenham Town
Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 12 March 2021

Kick Off: 15:00

As supporters will now know, some games this season will require you to have previous home purchase history. We encourage all supporters to buy in advance to ensure this purchase order history is recorded.

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

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

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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