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Match Preview | Shrewsbury Town (A)

10 March 2023

The Shrimps are on the road for the second time in a week on Saturday 11 March as they travel to the Montgomery Waters Meadow to face Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One.

Derek Adams’ side were last in action in midweek and played out a 1-1 draw against Cambridge United. Jack Lankester opened the scoring for the hosts before Cole Stockton equalised for the Shrimps in first half stoppage time.

Shrewsbury were also in action on Tuesday night, they were beaten 2-1 by Peterborough United away from home.

The Opposition

The Shrews sit ninth in League One with 15 wins, seven draws and 13 defeats from 35 games.

Salop have been in the third tier since they were promoted out of League Two in 2015. Since then, they've reached the Papa Johns Trophy final and League One play-offs in 2018. Shrewsbury also had a memorable FA Cup fourth round tie with Liverpool in 2020 when they drew 2-2 with the European Champions at the time.

Steve Cotterill is the man in charge for Salop. The 57-year-old played as a striker for Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion, Wimbledon and Bournemouth in his playing career, scoring 73 goals in 164 appearances. He began his managerial career in 1995 with Irish side Sligo Rovers. Since then, he’s taken charge of Stoke City, Burnley and Birmingham City to name a few before joining the Shrews in 2020.

Key Players

Midfielder Luke Leahy is Salop’s top scorer this season with ten goals as well as two assists. The 30-year-old began his career at Falkirk before moving to Walsall and then Bristol Rovers before joining the Shrews in 2021. Since joining the Shropshire side, Leahy has netted 15 goals in 76 appearances.

Midfielder Tom Bayliss has also been chipping in with plenty of goals this season, having scored seven so far as well as creating six assists. The 23-year-old has spent most of his career to date in the north west at Preston North End and Wigan Athletic before moving to Shrewsbury in the summer. 

Defender Chey Dunkley has contributed plenty to the Shrews attack this season. The centre back has five goals and three assists so far. Dunkley brings plenty of EFL experience to the Shrewsbury side having played across the pyramid with Oxford United, Wigan Athletic and, most recently, Sheffield Wednesday.

Derek Adams’ Thoughts

Ahead of the game, Shrimps' boss Derek Adams spoke about the importance of having leaders in the squad at this stage of the season.

“It’s really important,” he said.

“We have one of the youngest squads in the division, but that’s when the experienced players come into play because they understand the pressures that there is.

“We’ve got a club captain in Donald Love who’s vastly experienced, played for the likes of Man United and Sunderland, and that can help us from that point of view.”

Team News

Derek Adams will be without Michael Mellon for the rest of the season after he dislocated his shoulder against Fleetwood Town. Jake Taylor will miss out with a calf problem while Max Melbourne and Jacob Bedeau are also side-lined with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Arthur Gnahoua missed the midweek trip to Cambridge United through illness, but is expected to back in contention at the weekend.

Meet The Officials

Rebecca Welch will be in charge of Saturday’s fixture and will be assisted by Christopher Husband and Billy Smallwood. Richard Woodward completes the line-up as fourth official.

So far this season, Welch has refereed 15 games across the EFL with five in League One, four in League Two, three in the Papa Johns Trophy, two in the Championship and one in the FA Cup.

The official last refereed the Shrimps in August, a 10-9 win on penalties against Everton U21s in the Papa Johns Trophy.

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Match Reports

Report | Shrewsbury Town 3 Morecambe 1

11 March 2023

The Shrimps fell to a 3-1 defeat against Shrewsbury Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday afternoon.

Morecambe travelled to Shropshire having taken five points from their last four games as they faced off with a Shrewsbury side who also went into the game with the same points haul from their previous five League One encounters.

Derek Adams included new signing Oumar Niasse in the matchday squad with the striker making it on to the bench for the first time. There were two changes to the starting line up from Tuesday’s draw with Cambridge United as Ryan Delaney and Adam Mayor came in for Max Melbourne and Ash Hunter respectively.

The earliest opportunity fell to the hosts. Matt Pennington drove from his own half to the edge of the Morecambe box with just under 10 minutes on the clock, before dispatching an effort which went high and wide with only Connor Ripley to beat.

Morecambe created havoc in the Shrewsbury Town box on 17 minutes when Jensen Weir sent in a teasing delivery towards the back post. The hosts couldn’t properly clear the danger and the ball found its way back to Weir whose second delivery found Shrimps players in the box, but neither Farrend Rawson, Dan Crowley or Liam Shaw could get a clear effort on goal.

Neat build up play on the edge of the box by Shrewsbury on 24 minutes lead to Chey Dunkley getting time and space on the edge of the box. Again, similar to the Pennington earlier in the game, he failed to capitalise on the opportunity with his effort going tamely into the arms of Ripley.

Just five minutes later and the hosts would again carve out an opportunity on the Shrimps goal. The ball finding Jordan Shipley at the back post who took a touch to set himself before hammering back across goal. Ripley was down early and equal to the effort to prevent Steve Cotterill’s side going ahead.

Just after the half hour mark, the home side took the lead from the penalty spot. A corner sent in from Bayliss was adjudged by the linesman to come off the arm of Crowley and referee Rebecca Welch pointed to the spot. Leahy stepped up, sent Ripley the wrong way as his strike nestled into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Shrewsbury doubled their lead just before the break. After Morecambe defended bravely to usher out a second phase corner, the next one would find its way to Rob Street at the back post who managed to steer home the ball with the sole of his foot giving his side a strong advantage.

The Shrimps went up the other end and instantly pulled one back in additional time at the end of the first half. Shaw had a surging run into the box before cutting the ball back where it was laid into the path of Crowley. From the edge of the box, the Morecambe midfielder curled an effort beyond Marko Marosi to bring Derek Adams' side back into the game.

Half-time: Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Morecambe

Rekeil Pyke had the best opportunity of the opening stages in the second 45. Just before the hour mark, he ran on to a neat one-two on the edge of the box, but hammered his effort over the bar from 20 yards.

Morecambe thought that they equalised on 64 minutes. Dan Crowley’s inch-perfect free kick from the left-hand side met the head of Rawson at the back post. The defender expertly heading the ball back across goal and into the net, but the offside flag was raised, and the goal disallowed.

Moments later the midfielder again had a freekick in a similar position on the right-hand side. Crowley opting to shoot on this occasion, but the effort going wide of the near-post and not troubling Marosi in the home goal.

Ripley pulled off a fantastic save to deny Dunkely with 20 minutes remaining. Dunkley was picked out at the back-post from a Shrewsbury corner and managed to get his head cleanly to the ball, but Ripley reacted smartly using his legs to deny the home defender.

Shaw was next to test the home defensive resolve. After some neat work from Adam Mayor and Crowley, the ball was worked to Weir on the edge of the box who slid the ball across to Shaw. The on-loan Celtic midfielder letting fly from 25 yards, but his effort clipped a deflection on the way through, sending it just over the bar.

New signing Niasse made his entrance to the fray with 16 minutes remaining when he replaced Ryan Delaney.

It was then Crowley who very nearly levelled the game for the Shrimps. The midfielder letting fly from 20 yards in a central area with the shot wriggling and spinning, Marosi failed to catch it at the first time of asking. Had the goalkeeper not been reactive enough, Cole Stockton was almost on hand for the simplest of tap-ins.

The home side sealed all three points with just minutes remaining in the match. After being relatively toothless in the attacking third during the second period, a corner was sent in toward the back-post and Dunkley hammered his header beyond Ripley from six yards.

Weir almost pulled one back for Morecambe in the 93rd minute. The midfielder getting a good bounce on the ball, sending his half-volley whistling past the right-hand post. He was then followed up by Cole Stockton, who showed some lovely footwork to create a yard of space for himself, but his effort from eight yards was deflected behind for a corner.

Full-time: Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Morecambe

Shrewsbury Town: Marosi, Leahy, Pennington, Moore, Winchester, Street (Bloxham, 90'), Pyke (Bowman, 90'), Bayliss (Bennett, 75'), Dunkley, Shipley, Flanagan.

Subs not used: Burgoyne, Craig, Barlow.

Goals: Leahy 33', Street 44', Dunkley 84'. 

Bookings: Moore, Bayliss, Leahy.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Ripley, Love, Gibson, Rawson, Delaney (Niasse, 74'), Crowley, Stockton, Weir, Shaw, Mayor Simeu. 

Subs not used: Smith, Hunter, Gnahoua, Watts, Cooney, Austerfield.

Goals: Crowley (45+1’).

Bookings: None. 

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 5,225 (122 away).

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Ticket News

Ticket Details | Shrewsbury Town (A)

28 February 2023

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One trip to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 11 March, 3pm KO.

Ticket Prices





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*All children 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18).

Disabled/Ambulant Supporters

We have six wheelchair bays and carer 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.

We also have eight accessible parking spaces available, that can be booked via Morecambe FC on a first come first serve basis. We will require name and vehicle registration at the point of booking.

On Sale Dates (selling order)

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Thursday 23 February, 17:00

Thursday 23 February, 17:00

General Sale

Additional Information

Advance Sales deadline:
Thursday 9 March, 15:00.
Refund deadline: Thursday 9 March, 15:00.
Postage deadline: Friday 3 March, 17:00.

Match Day Sales

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day for from Shrewsbury Town. Cash only accepted.

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 01524 411797 (ext 3) in advance of Friday 10 March at 17:00.

We must provide Shrewsbury Town with a final duplicate requests list, the day before the fixture to ensure any duplicate requests are available to collect on the day.

For up-to-date information or to ask any questions, contact Anya Wood, Shrimps’ SLO.

Twitter: @Shrimps_SLO

Ticket Sale FAQs

  • 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, 10:00 to 17:00.

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