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Shrimps aiming for cup magic in Wycombe

1 December 2023

We continue our 2023/24 FA Cup campaign on Saturday, as we make the trip to Buckinghamshire to face Wycombe Wanderers.

The Shrimps will be hoping for another sprinkling of cup magic, following their triumph over League One outfit Lincoln City at the start of November in the first round. Progression on Saturday would keep Morecambe well and truly in the hat for the third round of the competition, where a cup tie against top-flight opposition could be on the cards, no doubt invoking memories of the Shrimps’ trip to the capital in the 21-22 season to face Tottenham Hotspur for Morecambe fans.

Ged Brannan’s men go into the game after a run of difficult results, including defeat mid-week to Newport County at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium. An early goal from leading goalscorer Michael Mellon did not prove enough for the hosts, as goals either side of the break from the Exiles resulted in a 2-1 loss for Morecambe.

Wycombe made the trip north to Barnsley on Tuesday evening, where the hosts won in bizarre fashion. Goalkeeper Max Stryjek, after delaying picking up the ball in an attempt to run down the clock, came into contact with Barnsley forward Sam Cosgrove. The contact, albeit minimal, resulted in Stryjek fumbling the ball as he fell to the ground, and Cosgrove made no mistake tapping the ball into the empty net.

The Shrimps last travelled to Adams Park in October 2022. A late goal directly from a corner kick from Adam Mayor earned a point for Morecambe. It was another late goal that decided the result in the reverse fixture in April 2023, this time a Cole Stockton volley securing all three points for Morecambe.

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The Opposition

Wycombe Wanderers have had a mixed start to their Sky Bet League One campaign. Six wins, four draws and eight losses leave the Matt Bloomfield’s men in 15th place in the table, sitting on 22 points.

Bloomfield has been at the helm at Adams Park since February 2023, after having been the head coach at Colchester United. The 39-year-old spent the entirety of his professional playing career with the Chairboys and is undoubtedly a legend of the club.

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Key Players

Defender Ryan Tafazolli is an important part of the Wycombe defence, achieving a century of appearances for the club. Shrimps’ fans will struggle to miss the 6’5 centre-back and will be hoping the Morecambe frontline are able to find a way past him.


Another experienced head in the Chairboys squad is attacking-midfielder David Wheeler. After joining the club in the summer of 2019, Wheeler has racked up 169 appearances for the Blues, scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists in the process.

Ged Brannan’s Pre-Match Thoughts

Morecambe manager Ged Brannan spoke about the challenges in the week and looked ahead to this weekend’s clash.

“We played really well in the first half of that game the other day,” he said.

“We need to carry on the way we played first half and take it into the second half; keeping the ball, getting at them at pace like we did. Some of the moves in the first half, we’ve just been watching them this morning with the lads. They were absolutely brilliant.”

He went on to talk about Saturday's trip to Wycombe.

“It’s great for the team and the fans if we get through and get a big team in the next round, it’s all to play for,” he said.

“It could’ve been easier, but there’s not many easy ties in the FA Cup.

“We’re going to go and spoil their party, we’re the underdogs and we’ve got nothing to fear.”

The Man in the Middle

Peter Wright will take charge on Saturday, officiating his 15th fixture of the season. In his previous 14, Wright has given 59 yellow cards, with a further two reds.

Wright oversaw two legs of our 2022-23 campaign, most recently in December 2022 when Morecambe faced Exeter City at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium. On this night, Cole Stockton headed home after a darting run from a corner and secured the Shrimps a 1-1 finish.


He will be flanked by assistants Justin Amey and Ryan Whittaker, with Harry Wager acting as fourth official.

Team News

Stuart Moore and Donald Love will both miss out due to their respective injuries.

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Match Reports

The Shrimps defeat Wycombe Wanderers for a place in the FA Cup third round

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Two goals either side of half-time without reply secure the Shrimps a place in the FA Cup third round.

Eli King netted his first in a Morecambe shirt before Tom Bloxham rounded off the scoring with a well-struck side-footed volley.

Adam Smith was called into action early on after Killian Phillips struck from distance, his powerful effort was turned behind by Smith, leading to the first corner of the game for the hosts which came to nothing.

Morecambe’s first sight on goal came six minutes later as Adam Mayor’s corner was met by the head of Farrend Rawson, though he couldn’t keep his header down. 

A well-worked move midway through the first half nearly saw Phillips break through one-on-one against Smith, but a vital Jacob Bedeau clearance in the nick of time denied the midfielder a golden chance. 

After some neat one-two player between Lyle Taylor and Kian Breckin, the latter was presented with an opportunity, only to shoot straight at Smith who made an easy save.

Following a spell of pressure, the Shrimps took the lead on 38 minutes. A second corner in quick succession was played deep toward the back post and there was King to head home from close range.

Half-time: Wycombe Wanderers 0 Morecambe 1

Nine minutes into the second half, JJ McKiernan stung the palms of Ravizzoli with a strike from distance after the home goalkeeper initially gifted possession to Mayor.

Moments later, the Shrimps doubled the advantage. Michael Mellon crossed from the left and put it on a plate for Bloxham at the back post who produced a wonderful side-footed finish which left Ravizzoli with no chance.

After setting up our second, Mellon came agonisingly close to making it three for the Shrimps, though he could only shoot wide of the target from inside the box.

Looking for a response with time ticking on, Lyle Taylor struck a volley on the angle from the right-hand side of the Morecambe box, but it was off target and rolled wide of the far post.

With just over 10 minutes of normal left to play, the Shrimps looked to wrap things up as Mayor’s cross was fizzed across the box into the path of Mellon, but the Burnley loanee arrived a little too late on the scene as the ball ran beyond him.

Full-time: Wycombe Wanderers 0 Morecambe 2

Wycombe Wanderers: Ravizzoli, Scowen ©, Forino (Jacobson, 72’), Tafazolli, Breckin (Keogh, 60’), Low (Grimmer, 60’), D Taylor (De Barr, 61’), Phillips, Sadlier, L Taylor, Pattenden (McCleary, 60’).

Subs not used: Stryjek, Clark.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Phillips.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Smith, Tutonda, Bedeau, Rawson ©, Songo’o (Taylor, 87’), Bloxham (Slew, 79’), King, Mellon, McKiernan, Mayor, Senior.

Subs not used: Pedley, Stokes, Davenport, C Smith, Walker, Connolly, Melbourne.

Goals: King (38’), Bloxham (56’).

Bookings: Mayor, Smith.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 1,604 (141).

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Ticket News

Get up for the cup at Adams Park!

21 November 2023

Tickets for our FA Cup second round trip to Wycombe Wanderers are now on sale.

After triumphing over Sky Bet League One outfit Lincoln City in the competition's first round, the Shrimps again face higher league opposition in the next round.

We face Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday 2 December, and you can be the difference.

Ticket Prices 





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Wycombe have advised six wheelchair bays and carer tickets will be available for this fixture, which must be bought in store. The relevant admission price must be paid and the buyer will receive a complimentary carer ticket with their purchase.

Tickets go off sale on Thursday 30 November at 17:00, which is the same deadline for refunds. Any duplicates must be requested prior to this deadline.

Those wishing to buy online can do so by clicking here - alternatively, supporters can purchase in store or by phoning 01524 411797 and selecting option three.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day from ticket office one at Adams Park. Only card payments will be accepted and there will be no price increase for matchday sales.

In recent years, we've enjoyed memorable days out in the FA Cup third round at the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Everyone at Morecambe FC would love another enjoyable day out in the next round, so get yourselves to Adams Park and make your voices heard!

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