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Match preview: Morecambe v Shrewsbury Town

29 July 2022

The Shrimps kickstart their 2022/23 Sky Bet League One season at the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday 30 July against Shrewsbury Town.

Derek Adams’ side will back in league action at the Mazuma for the first time since securing League One survival on the final day of the 2021/22 season back in April.

The Shrimps have benefited from a testing pre-season, with tests against higher level opposition including Sky Bet Championship Huddersfield Town and Middlesborough respectively. 

The gaffer has had the chance to see seven of his eight new signings in action over the past four weeks, and says the squad are looking forward to the season opener on Saturday.

Morecambe first met with the Shropshire outfit back in 2002 and have faced The Shrews 16 times with five wins, three draws and eight defeats.

The Opposition

Shrewsbury will begin their seventh successive season in League One on Saturday, following an 18th place finish last season under manager Steve Cotterill.

The Shrews faced a variety of challenges during pre-season, which included 0-0 draws with Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City and National League North side Telford United.

Cotterill’s men also hosted Premier League side Burnley, which ended in a 3-1 win for the Clarets.

Salop have made six additions this summer, most notably the acquisition of Aiden O’Brien on a two-year deal from Portsmouth.

Key Players

Forward Ryan Bowman has been with Shrewsbury since 2021 and has plenty of experience at 30 years of age. Bowman began his career at his hometown club Carlisle United and has since had spells all over the country, from down in Devon with Torquay United and most recently Exeter City, to up in Scotland with Motherwell for three years between 2016 and 2019.

Tom Bloxham is starting his second season as a senior pro with The Shrews after making 24 appearances last season. Bloxham started his youth career with Leicester City in 2011 and left for Aylestone Park in 2017 before joining the Shrewsbury academy in 2018.

Aidan O’Brien began life in the EFL with Millwall in 2010 and spent ten years in South London, including five loan spells away from Millwall between 2010 and 2014 before making 188 appearances for the Lions. O’Brien made the move from Portsmouth to Shropshire at the end of June.

Derek Adams’ Thoughts

Derek Adams has emphasised the importance of starting the season strongly as well as consistently picking up points throughout the campaign.

‘We’d all love to get off to a good start,” Adams said.

“Its 46 games and you play everyone twice, how you finish the season, how you start the season and what you do in the middle are all very important, its throughout the season that points are accumulated.

‘We’ve got Shrewsbury at home, we know that they can be tough opposition and we'll go into it looking to have a capacity crowd and a very good atmosphere.’

Meet the Officials

Marc Edwards will have the whistle in hand on Saturday and will be assisted by Ivan Stankovic and Richard Woodward. Lewis Smith will be on the touchline as Fourth Official.

Edwards last encounter with the Shrimps was towards the back end of last season when the Derek Adams' men won 3-2 on the road against Charlton Athletic in April.


Can’t make it to the Mazuma Stadium to back the boys against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday afternoon? Not a problem!

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.

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: Shrimps 0-0 Shrewsbury Town

30 July 2022

The Shrimps picked up their first point of the new season with a goalless draw in a hard fought encounter with Shrewsbury Town at the Mazuma Stadium.

A game that saw plenty of effort from both sides ended all square, with both team's defences standing firm.

Shrimps' boss Derek Adams named five debutants for the match, with new skippers Connor Ripley and Donald Love joined by Max Melbourne, Farrend Rawson and Ash Hunter, with all producing solid starts for their new Club. 

Shrewsbury, who also had a much different side to the one that came to the Mazuma early last season, started the quicker.

New captain Luke Leahy clipped a shot wide on three minutes and, two minutes later, drilled an effort into the side netting from 10 yards out after the ball fell neatly on his left foot.

After surviving the early pressure, Morecambe settled into the game defensively and produced the game's best chance on 26 minutes. 

A Shrewsbury attack broke down and Cole Stockton played in Dylan Connolly with a neat flick, only for the winger to see his final effort well saved by the sprawling Marko Marosi who raced from his goal to cut the angle down. 

Half-Time: Morecambe 0-0 Shrewsbury Town.

Shrewsbury had the better of the early exchanges in the second-half, with Tom Flanagan slicing two efforts wide from good openings, before Cotterill's side had their best effort on 66 minutes when a George Nurse volley deflected off Stockton's foot, eventually deflecting back off the crossbar.

The Shrews continued to press with Ryan Delaney denying Ryan Bowman a close range tap-in from a left-wing cross, before Julien Dacosta made a mess of a far post chance in the dying moments.

The Shrimps ended the game on the front foot, with Hunter flashing an effort wide and a Max Melbourne cross just evading a Morecame player in the box. 

Adams' men put on pressure right at the death and were denied an injury time winner when Matthew Pennington produced a superb 92nd minute block from Connolly's effort following another neat Stockton lay off.

Full-Time: Morecambe 0-0 Shrewsbury Town.

Morecambe: Ripley, Love, Rawson, Delaney, Melbourne, Gibson (Taylor, 66'), Fane, Hunter, Connolly, Stockton, Gnahoua.

Subs not used: Smith, Weir, Watts, McLoughlin, Obika, O'Connor.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Love, Delaney.

Red Cards: None.

Shrewsbury Town: Marosi, Pennington, Dunkley, Flanagan, Nurse, Leahy, Moore, Bayliss (Pyke, 66'), Shipley (O'Brien, 83'), Dacosta, Bowman.

Subs not used: Burgoyne, Bloxham, Caton, Craig, Barlow.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Bowman

Red Cards: None.

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Ticket News

Shrewsbury Town (H) ticket details

14 July 2022

Morecambe FC is pleased to announce ticket details for our opening home Sky Bet League One game against Shrewsbury Town at the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday 30 July 2022, 3pm KO.

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

Ticket Prices










Young Adult 18-22



Junior 14-17



Child Under 14*



*All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18).

Disabled/Ambulant Supporters

We have a limited number of wheelchair spaces available, please contact the club shop directly to purchase these spaces along with carer tickets. All disabled and ambulant supporters will pay the price stated above and will be entitled to one complimentary carer ticket. To purchase a disabled or ambulant ticket with a complimentary carer, please contact the Morecambe FC Club Shop direct.

On Sale Dates (selling order)

Online from

Over the phone and in-store from

On sale to

Thursday 14 July, 2pm

Thursday 14 July, 2pm

General Sale. Tickets available in SM Cars seated stand, Bartercard covered terrace and MGS uncovered terrace.

Additional Information

Sales deadline: Saturday 30 July, 3pm.
Refund deadline: Friday 29 July, 5pm


  • Tickets sold subject to the selling order as instructed above.
  • Tickets are sold subject to availability.
  • Supporters will notice a new points section as part of the purchasing process. This is for internal use only. 

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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