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Shrimps visit Stanley in Good Friday clash

28 March 2024

We make the short trip across Lancashire to the Wham Stadium on Friday 29 March, when we face Accrington Stanley.

The Shrimps will be hoping for a good Friday when they travel to Accrington Stanley to continue their Sky Bet League Two run-in. Ged Brannan’s side are in need of a positive result, after a recent string of losses have slightly slowed Morecambe’s play-off push.

Gillingham were the visitors at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium on Saturday afternoon, making the long trip up from Kent. Jordan Slew put the Shrimps ahead in the 11th minute after a brilliant piece of play from Charlie Brown. The lead was short lived, and Oliver Hawkins levelled proceedings in the 18th minute for the Gills. The Shrimps took the lead again in the second half; Charlie Brown the scorer this time, poking home a ball across the six-yard box from Ged Garner. Yet again, the Gills equalised shortly after through Timothée Dieng before Connor Mahoney won the game for the visitors in the 86th minute.

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In their weekend fixture, Accrington Stanley made the journey to South London to face Sutton United. The three points stayed in the capital, Sutton United coming out 3-1 victors on the afternoon – the first time they have won two fixtures in a row in their current League Two campaign.

Friday’s two sides last met in October, under the lights at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium. The Shrimps took the lead through loanee James Connolly before Tommy Leigh equalised with his 70th minute penalty; the spoils ultimately shared on this evening.

The Opposition

Accrington Stanley have had a mixed campaign in League Two this season. Following a strong start, the Reds found themselves in ninth position at the turn of the new year. Since then, their form has dipped, and they have remained in 16th since the middle of February. 14 wins and eight draws see the side on 50 points, well clear of the relegation zone and nine points short of the play-off spots.


Last Friday, John Doolan was appointed as First Team Manager, having spent a two-game spell as interim manager following John Coleman’s departure.

Key Players

Jack Nolan tops the goalscoring charts for the Reds so far this season, the 22-year-old bagging 14 goals in his 38 league appearances this campaign. The winger has also been an important provider within the squad, setting up 10 goals in all competitions. Nolan made the move to the Wham Stadium in the summer of 2021, having previously spent a spell at Walsall.


Joe Pritchard has also been an important part of Accrington Stanley’s season; the central midfielder having scored six and assisted another six in all competitions. Pritchard has been with the Lancashire outfit for almost five years, making over 125 appearances for the club in the process.

Ged Brannan’s Pre-Match Thoughts

Morecambe manager Ged Brannan spoke ahead of Good Friday's Accrington trip, and returning to his former club.

"It's going to be a great game, a great occasion," he said.

"I've been there before when Accrington have played Morecambe, so I know what it's all about and it means a lot to the fans, so we'll give it our best shot.

"It'll be interesting, I've still got a lot of friends there so I'm looking forward to seeing them and obviously see the reaction the give us.

"I know John Doolan really, really well. We speak all the time, more or less every day about football one thing or another, so it's going to be interesting against him.

"He knows his football so I'll have to be on my toes."

The Man in the Middle

Alex Chilowicz takes charge of this Lancashire derby and will be joined by assistants Conor Brown and Jacob Graham as well as fourth official Daniel Woodward.

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The American arrived on the EFL scene in December 2023, and has issued 49 yellow cards and 0 reds.

Friday will be the first time Chilowicz has taken charge of either Morecambe or Accrington Stanley.

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Match Reports

Shrimps successfully see off Stanley

29 March 2024

Goals from Nelson Khumbeni and Charlie Brown fired Morecambe to a 2-1 win over Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley to earn Ged Brannan’s side a first win in five games on Good Friday.

Nelson Khumbeni scored his first goal for Morecambe after a Ged Garner-led counter-attack saw the ball find its way to the midfielder’s feet. Charlie Brown then snook in a free-kick to double the lead and, while Lewis Shipley’s late header ensured a tense finish, the Shrimps held on for three points.

The game started slowly, with both teams trying to hold onto possession and find gaps in their opponent’s defence. Gwion Edwards showed some flashes of quality through the middle of the pitch, but the highlight of the first ten minutes was a cross from the boot of Jordan Slew that failed to find a teammate.

Just after the ten-minute mark came the first real chance when Charlie Brown, who put in a man-of-the-match performance against Gillingham last week, beat a man and cut in from the right. His shot looked to be heading into the far corner but was instead blocked by the home defence.

Accrington looked to regain their foothold in the game after that, but their two long-range shots were no trouble for Archie Mair and it was Morecambe who earned the next big chance of the game.

Nelson Khumbeni may not be the most likely player to score a header, but the midfielder rose the highest in the box from a Jake Tayor corner with his effort flying just over the bar.

Accrington offer their own aerial threat though, and Brad Hills tested Archie Mair only a few minutes later, with his glancing effort from a corner having to be tipped over the bar.

As the sun disappeared, Morecambe were on the front foot. Nelson Khumbeni’s shot from the edge of the box was powerful enough to catch fire, if not for the rain, but was well-held by Radek Vitek.

The goalkeeper couldn’t relax, however, with Ged Garner’s cheeky chip from 30 yards nearly dipping into the goal.

With five minutes left of the half, the Shrimps went forward again. Edwards picked up a pass from Slew just inside the Accrington half he drove forward and unleashed another shot from the edge of the area. Once again the effort flew over.

Half-time: Accrington Stanley 0 Morecambe 0

The pace of the game increased immediately in the second period. Nelson Khumbeni was booked for a tackle on Shaun Whalley within two minutes of the restart. Slew then led a counter forward that saw two shots blocked by the Accrington defence.

Slew has scored three times in March and looked to be the main threat here, drawing a good save out of Vitek with 51 minutes played.

The home side defended well in the opening exchanges and didn’t have to wait too long for some opportunities of their own. Connor O’Brien cut in from the left and had a shot deflected behind for a corner, with the resulting set-piece being cleared off the line after an almighty scramble.

Even so, Morecambe had been the better team in the second half and went ahead only a minute later. Another corner was dealt with, and Edwards’ ball forward found Ged Garner. The striker eased a defender away from the pass and drove forward, before cutting in and finding Nelson Khumbeni.

The midfielder had been at the heart of everything good about the Shrimps’ performance and struck a first-time shot into the top corner to score his first goal for the club and put his side ahead.

Accrington tried to find their way back into the game, but Whalley was denied at close range by diving Archie Mair after Jack Nolan’s long-range effort was blocked.

Morecambe kept up the pressure and soon took a two-goal lead. Edwards was fouled on the right side of the area and Charlie Brown curled the free-kick towards the near post. The ball skipped along the ground and somehow found its way through the goalkeeper’s legs and into the back of the net.

Accrington made a host of changes to try and get back into the game, but the Morecambe backline stood firm. Chris Stokes, playing on after picking up a knock, was on hand to cut out a dangerous Shaun Whalley pass before eventually being replaced by Yann Songo’o.

The home side were in desperation mode now and were committing men forward. Their best chance of the half came when Lewis Shipley got in down the left. His cutback caused havoc at the back and the ball bounced around the area until Mair’s saved bobbled into the path of Whalley, who could only volley wide.

Accrington did manage to set up a nervy ending courtesy of a Lewis Shipley goal with one minute of regulation time remaining. A deep cross to the back stick from the right found the full-back, who headed home.

With nine minutes of added time remaining, the time was still there to equalise.

Ged Brannan’s side weren’t content to sit back, however, and Julian Larsson - on as a sub - drew a good save from Vitek with a firmly struck volley.

Even so, the Shrimps were under pressure and a huge save from Archie Mair was required to keep out another shot from Shaun Walley.

Brad Hills was thrown for the home side and came close, with Bedeau having to clear off the line from a corner. Alex Henderson went close from a counter and the momentum was all in favour of the home side.

However, with 30 seconds remaining, Jordan Slew won a battle with Connor O’Brien, getting the defender booked and winning a free-kick which took the Shrimps up to the final whistle - and a first win in five games.

Full-time: Accrington Stanley 0 Morecambe 0

Accrington Stanley: Vitek, Mellor (Shipley, 75’), Hills, Whalley ©, Pritchard (Henderson, 75’), Gubbins, Nolan, Leigh (B Woods, 75’), Bickerstaff (J Woods, 75’), Martin, O’Brien.

Subs not used: McIntyre, Conneely, Adedoyin.

Goals: Shipley (89’)

Bookings: Gubbins, Leigh.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Mair, Tutonda, Bedeau ©, Garner, Senior, Slew, Stokes (Songo’o, 77), Taylor, Edwards (Adams, 87’), Brown (Larsson, 87’), Khumbeni.

Subs not used: A Smith, McKiernan, C Smith, Hiwula.

Goals: Khumbeni (56’), Brown (62’)

Bookings: Khumbeni, Tutonda.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 3420 (946 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale for Good Friday derby against Accrington Stanley

15 March 2024

Tickets for our Lancashire derby away to Accrington Stanley on Friday 29 March are now on sale.

Ticket Prices 


Advance Ticket Price 



Senior 64+ 


Student – with valid dated ID 




Under 12 


The above prices apply to both seated and standing. All children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18.

To buy online, click here; tickets can also be bought over the phone by calling 01524 411797 (selecting option three) or by visiting us in-store at the MFC Club Shop.

The deadline for refund requests and advanced sales is Thursday 28 March at 16:00. Anyone who doesn’t receive their tickets in time for the fixture through the post must contact or call us in advance of the deadline stated above.

Stanley have six wheelchair bays available. To buy, visit us in-store and pay the relevant admission fee to receive a complimentary carer ticket. 

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