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Shrimps host league leaders Stockport

8 December 2023

We return to the Mazuma Mobile Stadium as we look to carry our cup form into Sky Bet League Two against leaders Stockport County.

Morecambe will be looking to build on their cup success as they host the Sky Bet League Two hosts Stockport County on Saturday 9 December.

It will be the first Saturday home fixture for the Shrimps since 28 October, with international postponements and away cup draws keeping football away from the Mazuma Mobile Stadium over November.

Shrimps’ fans will hope their side can continue where they left off in Buckinghamshire, where goals either side of the break saw Ged Brannan’s men come away with a 2-0 victory against Sky Bet League One opposition Wycombe Wanderers in the second round of the FA Cup.

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Their opponents on Saturday are league leaders Stockport County, who faced non-league Aldershot Town in their second round FA Cup clash. The game finished 2-2, after a brace from Aldershot’s Josh Stokes forced a replay, which will be played on Wednesday 13 December. The Hatters also played mid-week, with a Bristol Street Motors Trophy fixture against Wigan Athletic. Two first half goals from League One Wigan were enough on the night, the 2-0 scoreline knocking Stockport out of the competition.

It will be the first meeting of the two sides since January 2011, and the first trip to the Mazuma Mobile Stadium for the Hatters since November 2010. The Shrimps won 5-0 on this occasion, a hat-trick from striker Phil Jevons helping Morecambe to see off the Greater Manchester outfit.

The Opposition

Stockport County have had a start to remember to their Sky Bet League Two campaign. After missing out on promotion following a play-off final loss to Carlisle United, Dave Challinor’s men have started as they mean to go on; 13 wins, three draws and four losses earning them the top spot in Sky Bet League Two with 42 points.

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Challinor has held his post at Edgeley Park since November 2021, guiding them to promotion to the Football League in his first season at the club. Having made over 100 appearances for the club as a player, Challinor has had a great start to his managerial stint at the club, winning Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month awards in September and October of this season, having achieved a record-equalling 12-game winning streak. This streak ended towards the end of November, where recent Mazuma Mobile Stadium visitors Newport County came out on top in their clash at Rodney Parade.

Key Players

With 40 goals scored in their Sky Bet League Two campaign to date, it’s no surprise that the Hatters have a range of attacking threats in their squad.

Centre-forward Isaac Olaofe has scored 13 goals in all competitions so far this season, including a hat-trick against Wrexham AFC back in September.

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The Shrimps can expect Olaofe to be joined in attack by Kyle Wootton, the 27-year-old having already netted seven times in his 13 appearances this season in all competitions, having returned from a serious knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for the start of their campaign.

Ged Brannan’s Pre-Match Thoughts

Morecambe manager Ged Brannan spoke of the importance of the weekend's win for squad confidence. 

"You get a win and it gives confidence around the place, everyone's buzzing," he said.

"It was brilliant. As I say, the relief was fantastic, to get our first win. Hopefully we can go and build on that now."

He went on to discuss the challenge ahead.

"They've had a few injuries and they've lost a few games but they're still a top team. Dave [Challinor]'s doing a fantastic job there, last season they made the play-offs.

They're a really well organised team so we're going to have to be at our best to beat them.

We're at home so they're going to have to stop us from playing. We'll go out and play our normal game, high tempo, getting men forward, passing the ball like we can. It'll be up to them to stop us playing."

The Man in the Middle

Leigh Doughty will be the man in black on Saturday afternoon, the referee officiating his 15th game of the season. In his previous 14, the yellow card has found its way out of his pocket 58 times, with the red seeing the light of day on two occasions.

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He will be flanked by assistants Nigel Lugg and Mark Russell, with fourth official Scott Jackson completing the officiating team. 

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Stu Moore and Donald Love are the only two absentees for the Shrimps, sidelined with their respective injuries.

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Match Reports

Spoils shared between the Shrimps and Hatters

9 December 2023

Stockport County equalise late to cancel out Michael Mellon's 70th minute goal in horrific conditions.

A well-worked counter attack saw Mellon slot home his 13th in all competitions before Kyle Wootton convert an 87th minute leveller.

The opening quarter of an hour yielded little in the way of clear-cut opportunities, with both sides seemingly struggling in challenging conditions.

The visitors enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but were restricted to efforts from distance by a robust Shrimps defence, with shots from Odin Bailey and Ryan Croasdale dealt with routinely by Smith.

An early setback for Stockport saw Antoni Sarcevic go down injured, before ultimately being replaced by Callum Camps.

The first real opening of the game came just before the half hour mark, when Bailey’s fierce strike from range was deflected towards goal, forcing an excellent reflex save from Adam Smith.

The Shrimps then began to find their rhythm, with Adam Mayor and JJ McKiernan both hammering efforts toward goal. Mayor flashed his shot just wide, while McKiernan’s low drive forced a full-stretch save from Ben Hinchliffe

Despite the opening 45 minutes yielding chances at both ends, the two sides remained deadlocked at the interval.

Half-time: Morecambe 0 Stockport County 0

The visitors looked to carve an opening from the outset as the second period got underway, with Isaac Olaofe going down under duress in the area, but appeals for a penalty were swiftly dismissed by John Busby.

As conditions worsened, chances became few and far between as both sides fought for an opener.

Stockport came closest just after the hour mark, when Bailey’s in swinging delivery from the corner very nearly snuck in, Smith adjusting quickly to turn it over the crossbar.

Ged Brannan’s men soaked up all Stockport could throw at them, and having looked dangerous on the counter all afternoon, took their chance emphatically on the 70-minute mark.

David Tutonda received the ball on the edge of the area and rolled a perfectly weighted ball through to in-form Michael Mellon, who set himself, and coolly slotted home beyond an oncoming Hinchliffe to put the Shrimps 1-0 to the good.

Despite being repeatedly foiled by the Shrimps back line, the visitors persisted with deliveries into the area. Ultimately, this disciple paid off, Wooton sliding in at the back post to bring Dave Challinors men level. 

A frantic conclusion provided both sides with opportunities to take the spoils; Bailey’s rangy, curling effort flashed inches wide, and an added time corner for Morecambe was scrambled clear by Stockport.

After 96 minutes of action, there was nothing to split the sides, and play was halted for the final time.

Full-time: Morecambe 1 Stockport County 1

Morecambe: Smith, Tutonda, Bedeau, Songo’o (Taylor, 76’), Bloxham (Slew, 58’), King, Mellon (Davenport, 82’), McKiernan, Mayor, Senior, Connolly.

Subs not used: Pedley, Stokes, Smith, Melbourne.

Goals: Mellon (70').

Bookings: Mayor.

Red cards: None.

Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Touray, Horsfall (Knoyle, 82’), Southam-Hales, Madden, Sarcevic (Camps, 23’), Pye (Richardson, 82’), Croasdale, Wootton, Olaofe, Bailey

Subs not used:  Smith, Wright, Byrne, Cotterill

Goals: Wootton (87').

Bookings: None.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 4,505 (1,562 away).

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Ticket News

Support the Shrimps against Stockport!

29 November 2023

Tickets are now available for our Sky Bet League Two clash with Stockport County!

This will be a ticket only fixture, there will be no sales on the day.

Saturday afternoon action will be returning to the Mazuma Mobile Stadium for the first time in over a month - Stockport County will be the visitors on Saturday 9 December, and you can be the difference!

Ticket Prices 

 

Standing 

Seating 

Adult 

£20 

£25 

Concession 

£15 

£20 

Young Adult 18-22 

£10 

£15 

Junior 14-17 

£5 

£7 

Child 2-13* 

£3 

£5 

*All children 2-13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18). 

Morecambe FC do not permit children under the age of 2, or prams/pushchairs into the Stadium bowl. 

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. 

Additional Information 

You must have attended 3 games this season to be able to purchase tickets for this fixture. Sales will be limited to four tickets per person.

Morecambe FC Season Ticket holders will be able to purchase up to four additional tickets per account. Any season ticket holders with four or more season tickets, must email tickets@morecambefc.com to gain your extra allowance, as you will not be able to purchase these online.

Tickets are available online by clicking here, or by purchasing directly from the Club Shop which is open Monday to Friday 10:00 until 17:00.

The address on your account must match the address on your payment card and there will be no sales over the phone. If purchasing from the Club Shop, ID must be shown. 

Sales deadline: Friday 08 December, 17:00 

Refund deadline: Friday 08 December, 17:00 

FAQs 

  • 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. 

For the safety and comfort of all supporters, the resale of valid match tickets is unlawful and is against Morecambe Football Club ticketing policy and EFL Ground Regulations. No person is permitted to resell or 'give away' (by any means) a valid match ticket that they have purchased without first seeking the approval of the Club. Should a ticket be found in the possession of the wrong person, without this first being authorised by the Club, then the purchasing supporter and any person who passes on the lawfully purchased ticket will face a banning order from Morecambe Football Club.

A full copy of EFL Ground Regulations can be found by clicking here.

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