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Match preview: Morecambe v Accrington Stanley

23 September 2021

The Shrimps host Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 25 September in what will be the first competitive meetings between the two sides since March 2018.

Morecambe secured all three points in their last outing at Crewe Alexandra, picking up their first league away in of the campaign in the process. Goals from Adam Phillips and a Arthur Gnahoua brace was enough to separate the teams, despite a goal for the Railwaymen four minutes into the second half.

The sides have met 22 times in the league since 2007, with another game coming in the Johnstones Paint Trophy, and the Shrimps have won only three of those meetings, drawing six and losing 14. 

The Opposition

Form guide

John Coleman’s men endured an up and down campaign last season and were pushing for Play-Off spots until the latter months where an injury-riddled squad paid the unfortunate price, and the reds ultimately finished in 11th place in Sky Bet League One.

The East Lancashire side currently sit 11th in the table after a start that saw defeat to Wycombe Wanderers on the opening day before three wins on the bounce against Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers and Crewe Alexandra respectively. Since then, Stanley have lost at MK Dons, drawn to Barrow, beaten Shrewsbury Town and their last two outings have seen defeat at the hands of Sunderland and Wigan Athletic respectively.

Coleman represented Morecambe as a player, and the 58-year-old is well into his second stint as manager at the Wham Stadium. Initially taking charge of the side between 1999 and 2012, the Kirkby-born man left to take the hot seat at Rochdale before spells at Southport and Sligo Rovers. Since re-joining the club in September 2014, he has managed 367 matches, winning 157, drawing 83 and losing 127. In those games, his sides have scored 558 goals and conceded 532, picking up 554 points and averaging out at 1.51 points per match.

John Coleman’s pre-match thoughts

Ahead of Saturday’s fixture, Coleman says that he hopes his side will maintain their recent form at the Mazuma Stadium.

“We’ve genuinely done well there, so hopefully we can keep that up,” he said.

“I commentated on both their Semi-Final’s and I thought they were terrific, they showed a terrific team spirit, played some great football, and have kept quite a few players who’ve earned the right to play in League One and they’re doing well this year.

“I know Stephen [Robinson] from my coaching badge days in Ireland, he’s a good manager, a good footballing person, to take over a team and have the upheaval that they did after getting promoted, he’s done really well.

“He started the season with a good performance at Ipswich and he’s carried that on and got good results, we had someone at the [Crewe] game, John Doolan went to the game, and he was impressed with what he saw.

“We know we’ve got our work cut out, but if we can get back to playing the way we can play, which we know we’re capable of, we’re a match for anybody.”

Stanley’s key players

Stanley’s captain Seamus Conneely joined the club in January 2015 and, after six months, proved himself as a real leader within the squad and was ultimately handed the captain’s armband. The former Republic of Ireland youth international has gone on to represent Stanley on 260 occasions, scoring 12 goals and providing 12 assists. The 33-year-old also helped Stanley to the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two title, lifting the trophy as skipper.

Towering central defender Ross Sykes progressed through the ranks at the Wham Stadium after being released by Burnley as a youngster. After successful spells with Accrington U18s and a loan deal at Southport, the 6ft 5 man established himself in the first team setup in the 2018/19 season and has gone on to make 97 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals and providing 3 assists.

Striker Colby Bishop is into his third season as a Stanley player having joined from Leamington in July 2019. The 24-year-old has gone on to score 27 goals in 91 appearances for the reds as well as providing eight assists. The Nottingham-born man has previously played for the likes of Notts County, Gloucester, Worcester City and Boston United.

Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts

Manager Stephen Robinson has enjoyed his fair share of derby days in his footballing career, and he say whilst the players are aware of how much this fixture means, they will be focussed on the task at hand.

He said: “We’ve made it clear [to the players] how big a game it is, how important it is to the fans.

“Ultimately, in their minds, they have to remain cool and calm and play the game, not play the occasion and make sure we stay composed.

“To them, it should just be three points because they have to be focussed on what’s at hand, and that’s trying to get them three points.

Meet the men in black

Tyne and Wear based referee Marc Edwards will take charge of the Lancashire derby, with Kevin Mulraine and Paul Graham running the lines and Mark Cunliffe as fourth official.

Edwards has refereed five games so far this campaign, in Sky Bet League’s One and Two, the Carabao Cup and the Papa John’s Trophy, distributing a total of 16 yellow cards.

The official refereed Morecambe on two occasions last season, including our 1-1 draw home to Mansfield in October 2020 as well as our 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town at the Mazuma Stadium in March 2021.

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 3-3 Accrington Stanley

25 September 2021

Morecambe 3-3 Accrington Stanley
Sky Bet League One
The Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 25 September 2021
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 4,142 (573 away)

A blockbuster Lancashire derby ends all square as the Shrimps and Accrington Stanley draw 3-3 at the Mazuma Stadium. 

Two goals from Cole Stockton and one from Adam Phillips helped the home side to a point after a Colby Bishop double and a strike from Mathew Butcher helped John Coleman’s side to three goals on the afternoon. 

The Shrimps had to endure majority of the second half after referee Neil Hair decided that Shane McLoughlin robust challenge was worthy of a red card.  

The first half took off on the 15th minute as a delightful through ball from Phillips found Stockton on the run, who did the business and slotted it into the bottom right corner of James Trafford’s goal. 

Things turned quickly in the visitor's favour as they were awarded a penalty moments later, a foul by Liam Gibson on Lewis Mansell saw the latter go down, up stepped Bishop to bring the game level. 

In the space of three minutes, John Coleman’s side took the lead, a mix up in the Shrimps defence saw the ball end up at the feet of Butcher, who took aim from outside the box and in-turn curled a lovely effort into the back of Kyle Letheren’s goal. 

That would not dampen Stephen Robinson’s side however, and they hit back two minutes shy of the half-hour mark. 

A cross from the left by Arthur Gnahoua found the advancing Phillips who, like at Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday, was in the right place at the right time to apply the finish.

The frantic first period saw Shane McLoughlin receive his marching orders, five minutes short of half time, for an apparent late tackle on Ethan Hamilton. 

Half-Time: Morecambe 2-2 Accrington Stanley 

With a man less in the second period, the Shrimps has to endure a barrage of pressure from the travelling Accrington men. 

Letheren produced a smart save from a Butcher effort, denying the man who had already beaten him in this game. 

But Letheren would be beaten on the 68th minute, after some good work from Lewis Mansell down the right, his effort deflected perfectly into the path of Bishop who had the easy job of prodding the ball home in-front of the celebrating Stanley supporters behind that goal. 

With the game seemly slipping away from the hosts, that man Stockton was there once again to save the Shrimps’ bacon. 

A wild clearance from the visitors popped into the path of Stockton and the big man lashed home to help Robinson’s men secure a point on home soil. 

The results could have easily seen Morecambe come away with all three points with two minutes of the game remaining. 

A knockdown header from Stockton found substitute Josh McPake, and the on-loan Rangers man could not keep his shot down from 18-yards out. 

Full-Time: Morecambe 3-3 Accrington Stanley

We are back at the Mazuma Stadium on Tuesday night as we face last seasons’ Play-Off Finalists Lincoln City. 

Morecambe: Letheren, Gibson, O’Connor (C), McDonald (McCalmont 40’), Diagouraga, Stockton, Phillips (McPake 78’), McLoughlin, McLaughlin, Gnahoua (Ayunga 59’), Wootton. 

Subs not used: Andresson, Jones, Delaney Mensah.

Goals: Stockton 15’ 81’ , Phillips 28’ 

Bookings: Gibson 19’

Red cards: McLoughlin 38’ 

Accrington Stanley: Trafford, Sherring, Hamilton (Pell 63’), Sykes, Butcher, O’Sullivan, Bishop, McConville, Nottingham, Mansell (Nolan 63’), Conneelly (C) (Leigh 78’).

Subs not used: Savin, Clark, Amankwah, Malcolm. 

Goals: Bishop 19’, Butcher 22’ 

Bookings: Hamilton 39’

Red cards: None

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Ticket News

Accrington Stanley (H) ticket details

16 September 2021

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One game against Accrington Stanley.

Morecambe v Accrington Stanley  
Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 25 September 2021

Kick Off: 15:00 pm

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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