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Match preview: Oxford United v Morecambe

19 August 2022

Morecambe are back on the road on Saturday 20 August when they travel to the Kassam Stadium to take on Oxford United in Sky Bet League One.

In midweek, the Shrimps fell to defeat against Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium, Connor Bradley’s goal six minutes before the break proved to be the difference. 
Out of 15 meetings with the U’s, Morecambe have recorded three victories, six draws and six defeats. The last time the two sides met was in April at the Mazuma Stadium where the Shrimps moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win.
The Opposition 
Karl Robinson's men have registered one win and three losses in their opening four games of the campaign. Their only victory so far in League One came at home against Cambridge United. In their last game, United fell to a 2-1 defeat against Lincoln City in midweek. 
The former MK Dons and Charlton Athletic manager joined Oxford United in March 2018. In his second season, which was affected by COVID, Robinson guided the U’s to a 4th place finish, however his side lost in the Play-Off Final to Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe Wanderers. The following season, they finished 6th but lost over two legs in the Play-Off Semi-Final against eventual winners Blackpool. 
During his six years at MK Dons, Robinson won promotion to the Championship after finishing League One runners-up in 2015.
Key players
Matty Taylor’s goals will be very important to United’s campaign. The 32-year-old came through the youth setup at Oxford United before going on to play for a number of clubs including Forest Green Rovers, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City. The striker rejoined the U’s in July 2020 following a successful loan spell and has gone on to score nearly 40 goals since his return, 20 of which were in League One last season.
Midfielder Cameron Brannagan contributed with 14 goals in League One last season. The 26-year-old came through the youth setup at Liverpool and made his senior debut for the Reds in the UEFA Europa League against Bordeaux in September 2015. Brannagan spent time on loan at Fleetwood Town before putting pen to paper at Oxford United for an undisclosed fee in January 2018. 
Summer signing Josh Murphy came through the academy at Norwich City alongside twin brother Jacob. The 27-year-old clocked up more than 80 appearances for the Canaries and had loan spells at Wigan Athletic and MK Dons before joining Cardiff City in June 2018. The experienced winger has represented England at U18, U19 and U20 level.
Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts
Derek Adams says the Shrimps are prepared for what will be a tough test at the Kassam Stadium. 
“We are well prepared for the game on Saturday," he said.
“Oxford have changed a few bodies, not as many as we have since last year but they’re a very good side.
"They do have a beautiful ground at home and they are trying to get themselves out of League One and into the Championship. 
"We’ll go there and try and get the better of them, we did it here at the end of last season, it was a fantastic game and it was a much-needed three points at the time.”
Meet the officials 
Benjamin Speedie will take charge of Saturday’s clash. The Merseyside-born referee will be assisted by linesmen Oliver Bickle and Daniel Flynn as well as fourth official Mark Jones.
Speedie has taken charge of four games so far this season and has awarded 18 yellow cards and one red card. He last took charge of the Shrimps during a 0-0 draw away to AFC Wimbledon in January.
After teaming up with Beyond Radio for the 2022/23 season, supporters will be able to listen to exclusive, full and uninterrupted radio commentary of every single game, home and away, which will be broadcast simultaneously on 103.5FM, 107.5FM and DAB+ digital radio across North Lancashire and South Cumbria as well as on the iFollow Shrimps platform.
Lead commentator Matt Horton will be joined by the Club's Media and Content Coordinator, Matt Smith. 
Audio passes are 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 much more!

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Match Reports

Report: Oxford United 1-1 Shrimps

20 August 2022

Oxford United 1-1 Morecambe
Sky Bet League One
The Kassam Stadium
Saturday 20 August 2022
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 6,813 (130 Shrimps)

The Shrimps left the Kassam Stadium with a well-earned point, after Jensen Weir’s scored his first goal in a Morecambe shirt. 

Weir netted minutes after the second-half following an unbelievable assist from Donald Love, before Kyle Joseph equalised just before the hour mark. 

Karl Robinson’s side started the quicker of the two teams and had a couple of early chances on goal, the first came from a corner which saw Billy Bodin take aim from just inside the area, which was charged down well by Morecambe captain Love.

Then James Henry tried his luck from well outside the box, the midfield got a shot off from 25-yards which had Connor Ripley in the Shrimps goal scrambling, however, the ball dropped wide of his left post to the goalkeepers’ delight. 

The Shrimps had a big opportunity of their own on the 17th minute, midfielder Jake Taylor did well to hold off his man before getting a cross into the area where Liam Gibson was waiting, however the full-back could not direct his effort on goal. 

Five minutes late Oxford had the first clear cut chance of the game through their captain Cameron Brannagan. A stunning through ball set the U’s man away but out came Ripley to make a fantastic one-on-one save to deny the midfielder his second goal in as many games. 

Half-time: Oxford United 0-0 Morecambe

It was the Shrimps who opened the scoring, two minutes after the restart through Weir. 

Dylan Connolly on from the bench fizzed a ball in the direction of Love who made his way up from the back, his outrageous flick found the on-loan Brighton & Hove Albion man on the edge of the box, with his effort having enough power on it to find its way past Simon Eastwood in the U’s goal. 

The lead last nine minutes and Oxford were back on levels terms from a corner. Striker Joseph was first to the ball hooking his effort in the roof of the net from three-yards out.

The U’s continued on their assault of the Morecambe penalty area with Matty Taylor trying to plant a header past Ripley, but the Shrimps shot-stopper was equal to it. 

Brannagan was determined to find a away past Ripley but was twice denied in the space of six minutes, first an effort from 20-yards out was parried away to the ‘keepers left before an attempt from 30-yards out was again beaten away from danger. 

Two minutes into injury time, substitute Anthony O’Connor produced a moment of quality, denying  Slavi Spasov and albeit ensuring the Shrimps walked away with a point from the Kassam Stadium. 

Full-time: Oxford United 1-1 Morecambe

Oxford United:
Eastwood, Long, Findlay, Bodin (Spasov 67’), Brannigan (C), Taylor, Brown, Henry (Goodrham 84’), McGuane (Gorrin 84’), Joseph, Seddon. 

Subs not used: McGinty, Jones, Bate, Mousinho.

Goals: Joseph 56’

Bookings: Brown 90+6’.

Red cards: None.

Ripley, Love (C), Gibson (McLoughlin 74’), Rawson, Delaney, Taylor, Hunter (Fane 7’), Gnahoua (Connolly 46’), Weir (O’Connor 79’), Bedeau, Obika (Stockton 46’). 

Subs not used: Smith, Watts. 

Goals: Weir 48’.

Bookings: Stockton 51’, Fane 70’, Rawson 79’, Taylor 89’, Connolly 90+1’.

Red cards: None.

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Ticket News

Oxford United (A) ticket details

7 August 2022

Tickets and coach travel for our Sky Bet League One visit to Oxford United on Saturday 20 August, 3:00pm KO, are now on sale.

Prices and on-sale dates for the encounter can be found below...

Ticket Prices


In Advance

On the Day




Senior 65+



Under 23



Under 18



Under 13*



Under 7*



*All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18).

Disabled/Ambulant Supporters
We have 5 wheelchair bays and carer’s tickets available for this fixture. Wheelchair users and ambulant supporters will be expected to pay the relevant admission price and will receive a complimentary carer with their purchase. These tickets are not available online, they must be purchased instore or over the phone.

On Sale Dates (selling order)

Online from

In person at the Club from

On sale to

Friday 5 August, 2pm

Friday 5 August, 2pm

General Sale 

Additional Information

Advance Sales deadline: Friday 19 August, 12noon.
Refund deadline: Friday 19 August, 12noon.
Tickets for postage deadline: Monday 15 August, 5pm

Match Day Sales
We encourage all supporters to purchase in advance to avoid queues on the day. Though, ticket sales will be made available from the Planet IT Birthday Stand Ticket Office, which is located near the away turnstiles.

Duplicate Ticket Requests
Anyone who doesn’t receive their tickets in time for the fixture, through the post, must contact or call the Club Shop on 01524411797 (ext 3) in advance of Friday 19 August, 5pm. We must provide Oxford United with a final duplicate requests list on the day before the fixture to ensure any duplicate requests are available to collect on the day.

Official Coach Travel
Morecambe FC will be running Official Coach Travel to all away fixtures this season. Prices for Official Coach Travel to Oxford United are as follows:





Under 18*


**All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18).

Official Coach Travel is now live! Book your seat here: 

Departure Time: 7:30am (prompt from the Mazuma Stadium)

Departure Location: Morecambe FC, Christie Way, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

Supporters must be aware trains are expected to be disrupted on Saturday 20 August due to strikes. 

Additional Coach Travel Information

Sales deadline for Official Coach Travel: Friday 19 August, 3pm. [Strictly no bookings will be taken or accepted after this time, including on the day of travel].
Refund deadline: Friday 19 August, 3pm

Match Day Parking (Minibuses & Coaches)
Minibuses and coach parking is available on the day in the away end of the stadium. There is no cost to this and it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Match Day Parking (Cars)
Car parking available on site on a first come first serve basis. Where this is not available, there is on street parking available on Grenoble Road. Supporters are asked not to park on the grass verges.
For up-to-date information or to ask any questions, contact Anya Wood, Shrimps’ SLO.

Twitter: @Shrimps_SLO


  • Tickets sold subject to the selling order as instructed above.
  • Tickets are sold subject to availability.

Fans are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance of the fixture to avoid delays on the day of the match. 

  • For online sales please go to: 
  • For phone sales please call 01524 411797 (option 3)
  • Call into the club shop, open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

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