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Match preview: Morecambe v Newport County

5 November 2021

The Shrimps are in Emirates FA Cup action on Saturday 6 November when they host Newport County in the First Round of the competition at the Mazuma Stadium.

Morecambe will look to bounce back after a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday night against Cambridge United in Sky Bet League One. Ben Worman opening the scoring with a stunning volley in the first-half before Joe Ironside’s second-half spot-kick wrapped up the points for the U’s.
The two sides will meet for the first time since they did battle in the League Two Play-Off Final, which saw the Shrimps win promotion to League One thanks to an extra-time penalty which was put away by Carlos Mendes Gomes. In total, the two sides have met 17 times and the Shrimps have the upper hand with eight victories compared to County’s five. 
The Opposition
Form Guide
The Exiles are currently 8th in Sky Bet League Two and come into Saturday’s game unbeaten in four. They will be full of confidence after thrashing Stevenage 5-0 at the weekend. 
Last month, James Rowberry was appointed County boss after leaving his role as first team coach at Cardiff City. The 36-year-old cut his playing career short at the age of 21 to focus on his coaching after playing youth football for Bristol City and Newport County. At just 29, he gained his UEFA Pro Licence and spent time coaching at his hometown club Newport before joining Cardiff. The Exiles have climbed five places in League Two since Rowberry’s arrival and will be aiming for League One football once more next season.
Last season, County reached the third round of the Emirates FA Cup where they were eventually knocked out by Brighton & Hove Albion on penalties at Rodney Parade. Solly March thought he’d won it for the Premier League club in the 90th minute, however Adam Webster’s 96th minute own goal forced extra-time which delivered no winner, therefore the game was decided from the penalty spot and Brighton won 4-3.  
James Rowberry’s pre-match thoughts
Exiles' manager James Rowberry says he's excited to manage his first ever FA Cup game and that his side must prepare well if they're to get a result at the Mazuma.
"Our focus is purely on what we do, we just take each game on its merits and we develop and keep maintaining our standards that we've shown in the last two games," Rowberry said.

"We've got to remember that Morecambe are a division above so we're the underdog in this game. We give it the preparation it deserves.

"I love the FA Cup, I can't wait for it. It's my first game as a manager in the FA Cup and I can't wait for it, it's a great day."
County’s key players
24-year-old Dominic Telford has started the season strongly, scoring nine goals and providing one assist in all competitions. Three of those goals were scored on Saturday after he netted a hat-trick against Stevenage. After progressing through the youth setup at Blackpool, the striker went on to represent Stoke City, Bristol Rovers, Bury and Plymouth Argyle before joining the Exiles in January 2021.
Courtney Baker-Richardson joined Newport County from League Two side Barrow after a loan spell one division below in the National League with Barnet. The 25-year-old has netted four goals so far this campaign.
A man who needs no introduction to Shrimps fans, Kevin Ellison is still playing his part for Newport at the age of 42. He played over 350 games for the Shrimps between 2011-2020 and left the club in June 2020 after he was released by Derek Adams.
Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts
Manager Stephen Robinson said the fans deserve a cup run, however the main aim is to make sure the Shrimps stay in the division.
“We want to progress as far as we possibly can, I know what cup runs can do for clubs, we got to two cup finals with Motherwell,” he said.
“It lifted the profile of the football club; it raised a lot of money that allows you to build on the success and it put players to the fore.
“It certainly is a shop window and puts you in the spotlight which teams like Lincoln have done before and Morecambe last year, unfortunately without any fans.
“The fans deserve a little run, we’ll be doing everything in our power to do that, ultimately my main aim this season is to make sure we stay in this division.”
Meet the men in black
The man in the middle will be West-Yorkshire based Tom Nield with assistants Robert Atkins and Mark Jones running the line, Richard Holmes will be the fourth official.
Nield is in his fifth season as an EFL referee and has officiated 12 games so far this season. The last time he was in charge of the Shrimps was on 21 August when they lost 2-1 away at Gillingham.
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Report: Shrimps 1-0 Newport County

6 November 2021

Shrimps 1-0 Newport County
Emirates FA Cup First Round
The Mazuma Stadium 
Saturday 6 November 2021
Kick-Off: 3:00pm 
Attendance: 1,879 (167 Newport County supporters)

Morecambe booked their place in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Newport County.

Second-half substitute Aaron Wildig scored with his first touch after 68 minutes. 

The Shrimps started the game brightly with the first chance falling to Alfie McCalmont. Greg Leigh’s dangerous cross from the left was cleared by the visitors only as far as McCalmont who side-footed over the bar from just outside of the box.

The Shrimps almost took the lead from the following corner when the ball was once again cleared to McCalmont who saw his powerful volley blocked.

The visitors created their first chance on 13 minutes when Jake Cain forced Jokull Andresson into a low save down to his right from 20-yards out.

The Exiles created the next chance of the game when County striker Dom Telford’s curling effort was well saved by Andresson.

The Welsh side came even closer to taking the lead when Azaz went for goal just outside the box and saw his effort deflect narrowly wide of the Andresson’s net.

Five minutes before the break, Baker-Richardson went one-on-one with Andresson who made an impressive save which was followed up by the Newport man being flagged offside.

The Shrimps came forward down the right just before half-time as Ryan McLaughlin’s cross was cleared behind by Norman.

Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Newport County

The Shrimps started the second 45 brightly when Cole Stockton broke through on goal down the right and forced Day into a low save following his well hit shot.

Morecambe continued their positive start to the second-half when they worked the ball to Stockton on the edge of the box, his effort curled just over the bar from 20 yards out.

Stephen Robinson’s side continued their dominant start to the second period when Arthur Gnahoua put in a dangerous cross from the left which needed to be defended by the visitors.

As torrential rain started to fall at the Mazuma, the Shrimps kept themselves on the front foot when Leigh’s cross from the left-hand side was whipped across the face of goal, just avoiding the line of Shrimps players queuing up in the box.

Andresson was then forced into a stunning save to deny Cooper opening the scoring for the Sky Bet League Two side.

The Shrimps took the lead on 68 minutes when substitute Aaron Wildig scored with his first touch off the bench to side foot home from close range past Day.

Former Shrimps forward Kevin Ellison came on for the visitors with 15 minutes to play and his first touch saw him hit the post off a Telford cross.

Wildig almost got himself on the scoresheet again when he spotted Day off his line, his spectacular effort from 40-yards out looped over the County keeper and just wide of the post.

James Rowberry’s Newport continued to press for the equaliser with Andresson was forced into a save from another Azaz effort.

The Shrimps defended well and were professional in the last ten minutes to hold on and book their place in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Full-time: Morecambe 1-0 Newport County

The Shrimps are back in action at the Mazuma Stadium on Tuesday when we host Carlisle United in the Papa John’s Trophy. 

Morecambe: Andresson, McLaughlin (Cooney 83’), Leigh, O’Connor, Jones, Stockton, Ayunga, Phillips (Wildig 61’), Gnahoua (Diagouraga 79’), McCalmont, Wootton.

Subs not used: Letheren, McDonald, Delaney, Mensah, Gibson, Harrison

Goals: Wildig 68’.

Bookings: Wootton.

Red cards: None.

Newport County: Day,  Norman,  Clarke,  Demetriou (C),  Lewis (Collins '83), Willmott, Cain (Ellison '77), Azaz, Cooper, Telford, Baker-Richardson

Subs not used: Townsend, Haynes, Upson, Dolan, Fisher, Abraham, Missilou

Goals: None.

Bookings: None

Red cards: None.

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