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Match preview: Morecambe v Barnsley

21 October 2022

The Shrimps welcome Barnsley to the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday 22 October for the first time.

After a week of games on the road, Morecambe return to the Mazuma on Saturday for the visit of Barnsley.

Last time out in Sky Bet League One, Ryan Delaney’s excellent strike earned the Shrimps a 1-1 draw against Burton Albion. In midweek, the Shrimps were beaten 2-1 by Harrogate Town in the Papa Johns Trophy, but despite the result, Derek Adams' men qualified for the next round of the competition.

Barnsley’s last outing was a 0-0 draw against Bolton Wanderers last weekend in front of a crowd of 18,000 at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The opposition

Saturday’s opponents are one time FA Cup winners, winning the competition in 1912 against West Brom. The Tykes won by a goal to nil following a replay at Brammall Lane.

Reds boss Michael Duff has only been in management since 2018 after making over 600 appearances as a centre back during his career.

The 44-year-old played for Cheltenham 300 times between 1996 and 2004 and returned to manage the Robins in 2018. Duff came close to promotion with the Cheltenham in 2020 when they lost in the League Two Play-Off Semi-Final against Northampton Town.

The Northern Irishman secured promotion to the third tier only a year later after a 1-1 draw with Carlisle United. The achievement saw him named as League Two manager of the 2020/21 season. 

Duff finished 15th in League One with Cheltenham last season and was appointed Barnsley manager in June of this year. The Reds are currently sat sixth in League One with six wins, three draws and four defeats after 13 games.

Key players

Midfielder Josh Benson has three goals and two assists for Barnsley this season. The 22-year-old is still finding his feet in the professional game, and made six appearances for Burnley between 2019 and 2021 as well as 11 appearances on loan at Grimsby. Benson signed for Barnsley in July 2021 and got his first goal for the Reds this season in a Carabao Cup win against Middlesborough in August.

Striker Devante Cole is the Tykes' top scorer with four goals so far. Cole last found the net at the end of September when he scored the Reds' third goal in a 3-1 win over Charlton. The 27-year-old is currently in his second spell at Barnsley after he was loaned out to Oakwell by Manchester City in 2014. Cole scored five goals in 19 appearances and has since played across the EFL at MK Dons, Bradford, Fleetwood, Wigan, Burton and Doncaster Rovers, as well as two spells in Scotland with Motherwell.

Midfielder Luca Connell has the most assists for Barnsley this season to-date with three. The youngster began his career at Bolton before moving to Scotland to join Celtic. Whilst north of the border, Connell was sent on loan to Queen’s Park before joining Barnsley in the summer. The 21-year-old has also represented Ireland from U17 to U21 level.

Michael Duff’s pre match thoughts

Barnsley Head Coach Michael Duff is expecting a difficult game on Saturday at the Mazuma Stadium.

"We don't focus on outside noise," he told Barnsley's official website.

"Football is a game based on opinions, one thing we do know, Derek's teams are hard to beat. 

"They've only lost five games, I think, we've lost four.

"They're bottom of the league, but, they're hard to beat; the year they got promoted from the Play-Offs, I think they averaged 36-37% possession - they're not bothered about possession.

"There always seems to be a good spirit there."

Meet the officials

Simon Mather will referee the game on Saturday and will be accompanied by assistants Peter Gooch and Ivan Stankovic, as well as fourth official Richard Woodward.

Mather has taken charge of nine EFL games so far this season, three in League One, four in League Two and one each in the Papa Johns Trophy and Carabao Cup respectively.

The official was last took charge of the Shrimps in February, a 2-0 defeat away against Rotherham United. Mather also refereed Morecambe's away game against Hartlepool United in the Papa Johns Trophy last October.

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 1-0 Barnsley

22 October 2022

Morecambe 1-0 Barnsley
Sky Bet League One
The Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 22 October 2022
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 5,270 (1,756 away)

The Shrimps take all-three-points following an excellent performance against Barnsley.

Connor Ripley was called into action early on and did brilliantly to deny Nicky Cadden with his feet from close range at the back post.

Aside from that, chances of note proved few and far between in the opening 20 minutes, with both defences standing resolute, including an excellent Liam Shaw block to prevent a Tom Edwards strike from the edge of the box reaching its intended target.

The ball did fall to Cole Stockton on 26 minutes after a long throw into the mix from Ryan Cooney, but the striker couldn’t find the target.

Minutes later and it was Barnsley’s turn to try their luck; Some neat build up play saw the ball land at the feet of Josh Martin, but he could only drag the shot wide of Ripley’s right-hand post.

Six minutes before the break and the deadlock was broken; A long throw from Cooney again caused issues inside the Barnsley box, and the ball fell into the path of Kieran Phillips who made no mistake from close range.

Half-time: Morecambe 1-0 Barnsley.

The visitors came out fighting in the second half, with Josh Benson coming close to an equaliser on 50 minutes, but his powerfully struck effort from distance flew narrowly wide.

Barnsley looked to grow into the game and forced Ripley into an excellent save on 62 minutes when Benson’s dipping attempt looked to be goal-bound, but our number one tipped the ball over the bar at full stretch.

The Tykes continued to pose a threat on the Morecambe goal, with a flurry of set-pieces in quick succession, but Ripley did excellently to command his box and punch the danger clear time and time again.

Despite the visitors' efforts, Derek Adams’ side defended excellently and stood firm to every Barnsley chance of the afternoon.

Full-time: Morecambe 1-0 Barnsley.

Morecambe: Ripley ©, Gibson, Rawson, Delaney, Fane, Stockton (Connolly, 79’), Weir (O’Connor, 79’), Bedeau, Shaw, Cooney, Phillips (Mayor, 86’).

Subs not used: Smith, Love, Watts, McLoughlin.

Goals: Phillips 39’

Bookings: Cooney 65’, Connolly 87’, Shaw 90+1’.

Red cards: None.

Barnsley: Collins, Edwards, Kitching, Andersen ©, Cadden, Benson, Martin (Jalo, 72’), Cundy (Larkeche, 84’), Phillips (Aitchison, 59’), Cole, Connell (Kane, 46’).

Subs not used: Walton, Moon, Tedić.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Cundy 54’, Edwards 90’.

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Ticket News

Barnsley (H) ticket details

10 October 2022

Tickets for our Sky Bet League One home clash against Barnsley on Saturday 22 October are now on sale.

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

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*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)

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Friday 7 October, 15:00.

Friday 7 October, 15:00.

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

Additional Information

Sales deadline: Saturday 22 October, 15:00.
Refund deadline: Friday 21 October, 17:00.


  • 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.

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  • Call into the club shop, open Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00. 

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