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Match preview: Morecambe v Cambridge United

2 November 2021

The Shrimps return to action under the lights at the Mazuma Stadium as they take on Cambridge United in Sky Bet League One.

Morecambe fell to a 3-1 defeat last weekend away at 6th placed Oxford United, Cole Stockton cancelled out Steve Seddon’s 29th minute opener in impressive fashion, however goals from Mark Sykes and Matty Taylor meant the Shrimps returned to Lancashire empty handed.
The two sides have met 15 times with both teams having won six games apiece. Morecambe are without a win in their last four games against the U’s. Last season in League Two, Cambridge did the double over the Shrimps. Early on in the season, Morecambe were subject to a 5-0 home defeat before losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture which was played in April.
The Opposition
Form guide
Cambridge United were promoted into the third tier along with the Shrimps last season after earning automatic promotion with a second place finish. 
Mark Bonner’s men sit just inside the bottom half of the table in 15th, with the joint highest number of draws in the league. They’ll be heading into Tuesday night’s clash with confidence after securing three points on Saturday against AFC Wimbledon. 
Bonner joined United in 2011 and held a number of positions in the club’s academy before being named as first team coach in 2018. The 35-year-old has taken temporary charge on a number of occasions before being named permanent boss in March 2020. Despite having no playing background himself, Bonner has already tasted success in management after guiding the U’s to promotion last season.
Mark Bonner’s pre-match thoughts 
The United boss said in his pre-match interview that he’s expecting a tough game on Tuesday evening. 
“They are a strong side, they came up with us, but they have had a lot of changes over the summer, a change of manager as well as lots of new players arriving, so some slightly different challenges we will have to prepare for from last season,” he said.
“Morecambe will be slightly disappointed with their current run of form but similarly to Doncaster and Shrewsbury, their home form is excellent, and they have picked up some brilliant results.
"We know how tough of a game it is going to be tomorrow and we have to give ourselves the best chance of going and getting something from the game to keep adding to the total that we are on.”
United’s key players 
Current top scorer Joe Ironside is one to watch. The striker, who is on six goals so far this campaign, came through the academy at Sheffield United before representing a number of clubs in non-league. The 28-year-old joined Macclesfield Town (who were in League Two at the time) on a one year deal in 2019 and made the move to the Abbey Stadium the following season. 
Experienced Wes Hoolahan is well-known for his time at Norwich where he made nearly 350 appearances. The 39-year-old was capped for the Republic of Ireland 43 times and scored three goals for his country.
Defender George Williams came through the MK Dons youth setup before leaving the club to represent Loughborough University where he was studying. After a stint at Worcester City, the 28-year old went on to represent Barnsley and then Barrow on-loan before returning to MK Dons where he made nearly 150 appearances. Following five months at Bristol Rovers, the defender joined Cambridge United in June 2021.
Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts 
First-team coach Diarmuid O’Carroll said he is looking forward to being back on home soil.
“It’ll be great to be back, we’ve had over 4,000 at pretty much every game, I think every game, so it’s good,” O’Carroll said. 
“There’s a nice buzz about the place, people are enjoying the product that we’re giving them, yes we want to get more wins than we lose, but if we can go into Tuesday confident, which all the boys are, they’re a close-knit group.
“We know we’re going to be up and down, we know we’re going to be in games, we haven’t been blown away by anybody, we’re competitive in every game we’re in.”
Meet the men in black 
Wakefield-born referee Robert Madley will take charge of Tuesday night’s game with his assistants Johnathon Bickerdike and Alan Clayton running the line, Ollie Yates will be the fourth official. 
The 36-year-old has refereed 13 games this season, in League One, League Two, the EFL Trophy and Carabao Cup.
Madley was the man in the middle when the Shrimps secured promotion to League One by beating Newport County in the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley.
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Fans can watch Tuesday night's game against Cambridge United live on iFollow Shrimps, with Media Assistant Matt Smith joining host Dave Salmon on commentary.
Supporters can purchase a video match pass for the game for £10.00 via the Club's website. 
Audio passes are also 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 the chance for supporters to have their say.

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 0-2 Cambridge United

2 November 2021

Morecambe 0- 2 Cambridge United 
Sky Bet League One
The Mazuma Stadium 
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Kick-Off: 7:45pm 
Attendance: 3,414 (133 Cambridge United supporters)
The Shrimps slipped to a 2-0 defeat after goals either side of half-time ensured Cambridge United claimed all three points under the lights at the Mazuma Stadium.
Ben Worman opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a stunning volley before Joe Ironside converted from the penalty spot in the second-half. 
Morecambe started brightly and carved out the first real chance of the game in the 7th minute, Wes McDonald took aim from the edge of the penalty area and forced U’s ‘keeper Dimitar Mitov to push the ball past the near post for a corner.
The Shrimps were let off in the 23rd minute when Cambridge skipper Paul Digby’s cross towards the back post found Ironside who rose highest, however the striker failed to guide his header on target.
Minutes later, Jokull Andresson struggled to keep his hands on Jensen Weir’s strike and spilled the ball forcing the Morecambe backline to clear. 
The away side went ahead just before the half-hour mark through Worman who produced a magnificent volley, the 20-year-old brought the ball down with his chest and volleyed into the top left corner. 
Mark Bonner’s men looked to double their advantage less then ten minutes later when Digby threaded through to put Ironside one-on-one, however the Shrimps’ stopper did well to deny the striker with his outstretched leg. 
Just before the break, Ironside saw his curling strike from close range deflect behind for a corner. 
Half-Time: Morecambe 0-1 Cambridge United
Less than ten minutes into the second half, Ironside met Digby’s deep cross from the right, however his effort on target was claimed comfortably by Andresson.
The Shrimps looked to create an opportunity when Leigh raced down the left and sliced a low ball across goal, however it was blocked well by the visitors. 
Morecambe were then nearly caught out after a miscommunication on the right, Jubril Okedina lashed an effort against the near post, though the Shrimps managed to clear their lines before the ball fell to an amber shirt. 
Stephen Robinson made a double change on the hour-mark as the Shrimps searched for a leveller. 
Just over ten minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead from the penalty spot.
Scott Wooton was adjudged to have brought down Okedina inside the penalty area and referee Bobby Madley didn’t hesitate to point to the spot and U’s top scorer Ironside stepped up to convert with a fine strike into the far corner. 
Substitute Shayon Harrison bundled his way into the box and looked to find the feet of Cole Stockton in the 83rd minute, however the visitors defended well and managed to get the ball clear. 
Cambridge substitute Sam Smith looked to put the game to bed in the final minutes when his low ball rolled across the face of goal and nearly snuck into the far corner.
Full-time: Morecambe 0 - 2 Cambridge United 
The Shrimps are back in action at the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday when we host Newport County in the FA Cup First Round. 
Morecambe: Andresson, McLaughlin, Leigh, O’Connor (C), Jones (Phillips 61’), McDonald (Price 61’), Diagouraga (Harrison 75’), Stockton, Ayunga, McCalmont, Wootton
Subs not used: Letheren, Delaney, Cooney, Gibson
Goals: None.
Bookings: McDonald, Stockton, Ayunga, Price
Red cards: None.
Cambridge United: Mitrov, Iredale, Digby, Brophy (Smith 74’), Ironside, Dunk, Okedine, Weir, Masterson, Knibbs (Tracey 69’), Worman
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Smith, Davies, Simper, Lankester, Bennett
Goals: Worman 28’, Ironside (pen) 71’
Bookings: Smith
Red cards: None.

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Ticket News

Cambridge United (H) ticket details

15 October 2021

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One game against Cambridge United.

Morecambe v Cambridge United 
Mazuma Stadium
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Tickets are available in the Bartercard Stand, 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

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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