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Shrimps visit Rodney Parade

12 March 2024

We make the trip to South Wales on Tuesday 12 March to face Newport County AFC.

Morecambe will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways when they face their second Welsh opponents in as many fixtures on Tuesday night.

At the weekend, the Shrimps hosted Wrexham AFC at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium. Ged Garner’s opener in the fourth minute got Morecambe off to the perfect start, before James McClean found an equaliser for the visitors, his vicious strike finding the roof of the net. Shortly after the break, Max Melbourne was dismissed following a second yellow card, and the momentum of the game swung in the Red Dragons favour – the visitors eventually winning the game 3-1 following goals from Paul Mullin and Steven Fletcher.

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In their last outing, Newport County made the trip to Greater Manchester to face Stockport County. It looked as though the spoils would be shared at Edgeley Park before Paddy Madden’s 93rd minute winner snatched all three points for the home side.

Tuesday evening’s two sides last met in late November, when the Exiles headed north to the Mazuma Mobile Stadium. On this evening, Michael Mellon gave the hosts the lead, before goals from Will Evans and Seb Palmer-Houlden completed a Newport County comeback – the scoreline ultimately finishing 2-1 to the visitors.

The Opposition

The Exiles have had a mixed start to their campaign thus far, 14 wins and seven draws leaving Graham Coughlan’s side with 49 points – 13th in the standings.


49-year-old Coughlan has been in charge at Rodney Parade since the October of 2022, having previously managed at Mansfield Town and Bristol Rovers.

Key Players

Will Evans has been integral in the Exiles efforts so far in this campaign, the winger scoring 24 goals in his 45 appearances in all competitions. Evans joined the side in the summer of 2022, after joining from Cymru Premier side Bala Town.


Ex-Shrimp Shane McLoughlin has also been a crucial asset in Newport County’s Sky Bet League Two endeavours, the Irishman scoring six and assisting eight in his 42 outings for the side.

Ged Brannan’s Pre-Match Thoughts

Morecambe manager Ged Brannan spoke ahead of Tuesday’s long trip, and the challenge that awaits. He said:

“They’re a top team. They beat us here during my second game [in charge] 2-1.”

“It’s going to be a really, really tough game. It’s a long way to go, we’re going down today so we’ll have all day tomorrow to relax and get ready for the game, so we’ll give it our best shot, but we know it’s going to be a tough game because they’re a top team.”

The Man in the Middle

Referee Scott Simpson will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night, the official taking charge of his 24th game of the season. In his previous 23, Simpson has brandished no fewer than 123 cards, including nine red cards.

Four of these cards came in August, when the Shrimps visited the Stags, Mansfield Town ultimately finishing 3-0 victors on this afternoon.


Declan O’Shea and Oliver Spender will run the line at Rodney Parade, with fourth official Scott Jackson completing the team of officials.

Team News

Long-term absentees JJ McKiernan, Stu Moore, Donald Love and Brandon Barker remain sidelined for the Shrimps, with defender Farrend Rawson also a doubt.

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Shrimps defeated in South Wales

12 March 2024

Gwion Edwards scored his first Morecambe goals as the Shrimps fell to a disappointing away defeat after initially coming back from a two-goal deficit.

Newport went ahead in the first half through goals from Aaron Wilding and Adam Lewis, before Gwion Edwards narrowed the lead going into the half. The home side stretched their lead out again through another goal from former Shrimp, Wildig.

Substitute Jordy Hiwula changed the energy though and, after Chris Stokes prodded home a loose ball, the attacker’s shot bounced into the path of Edwards. Newport rebounded however and goals from Charsley and Palmer-Houlden saw them run out as victors.

Morecambe had the best of the early exchanges, with David Tutonda blasting over a shot from 25 yards and Ged Garner nearly poking home after Newport goalkeeper Nick Townsend couldn’t hold onto Gwion Edwards’ cross from the right.

Edwards’ deliveries were wreaking havoc for Newport, and a free kick from the left delivered another chance after the home side made a mess of clearing it, but Garner again failed to make clean contact.

Despite Morecambe’s bright start, it was the home side that took the lead. Former Shrimp Aaron Wilding got onto the end of Lewis Payne’s low cross into the area to turn home past Archie Mair.

The home side doubled their lead when Bryn Morris drifted out to the right and crossed to the back post for Adam Lewis, who arrived late and stroked the ball home.

Ged Brannan’s team slowly regained their footing and Gwion Edwards continued to look dangers. The winger came within inches of his first Morecambe team when he found space on the edge of the area and lashed a strike against the crossbar.

Only minutes later, Edwards had his goal. Jordan Slew was found in midfield and he threaded a great ball forward to his fellow winger, who beat one man, made it into the area, and smashed the ball into the back of the net.

Mair was called into action before the half with a string hand required to keep out Harry Charsley’s long-range drive. A few minutes later, the goalkeeper had to pull out a lovely dummy to escape pressure and keep his side on the front foot.

There was time for one more chance and it fell to Will Evans of Newport in the final minute of added time at the end of the half. The home side’s top goalscorer got on the end of a cross from the left but couldn’t turn it towards goal.

Half-time: Newport County 2 Morecambe 1

The second period started slowly, with neither side getting a grip on proceedings.

Newport had looked the more dangerous, however, and they restored their two-goal lead within eight minutes. The two goalscorers combined for the third, with Adam Lewis’ cross finding Aaron Wildig, who finished brilliantly past Mair.

Jordy Hiwula was introduced to try and add a spark to the Morecambe attack and he nearly did so when he got onto the end of an Edwards cross and flicked the ball towards goal. A strong stop on the line was the only thing that prevented the net from bulging.

No later than Hiwula had realised he hadn’t scored, Newport had countered, and a strong save from Mair was required to keep his team in the game.

Morecambe heeded the warning and piled on the pressure. A succession of corners seemed to come to nothing until Ged Garner clashed with Newport ‘keeper Townsend and the ball tumbled loose. Chris Stokes pounced onto the loose ball and prodded home to get his team within one goal.

Ged Brannan’s side have made a name for themselves as comeback kings, particularly on the road, and they lived up to this when Gwion Edwards levelled things up only minutes later.

Joe Adams did some genuinely spectacular work on the halfway line to hold onto the ball and then threaded a perfect pass into Jordy Hiwula down the left. His shot was deflected by Townsend and Gwion Edwards scored the easiest goal of his life, nodding home from one-yard to draw level.

Edwards was having a wonderful game, but he should have had his hat trick when another rebound fell to him in the area. Hiwula came down the right this time and his shot was palmed into the box. Edwards tried to adjust but fired awkwardly over the goal from 12 yards.

He was made to regret that miss almost immediately when, only a minute later, Newport were back in front. Another attack down the right resulted in a cross. Zanzala received the ball and tapped it off to Harry Charsley, who whipped a shot into the far corner.

Hiwula had made a huge impact since coming on but missed a golden chance to equalise when he got on the end of Tutonda’s cross but could only put it straight at the goalkeeper from 6 yards out. Ged Garner then came close with a volley after another cross from the left as Morecambe pushed to equalise again.

Offrende Zanzala had the opportunity to put the game to bed when he powered forward on the counter, but Jacob Bedeau made a brilliant challenge to halt the attack. The Newport substitute then got on the end of a throw-in and thus time Archie Mair had to be alert to keep him out.

Despite the best efforts of Ged Brannan’s men, they conceded a fifth late in stoppage time. Men were committed forward for a wide free-kick and an unfortunate slip left Newport substitute Sebastian Palmer-Houlden with the freedom of the Morecambe half and he turned home confidently to secure the victory.

Full-time: Newport County 5 Morecambe 3

Newport County: Townsend, Bennett ©, Jameson, Baker, Payne, Lewis, Wildig (Waite, 89’), Morris, Charsley, Jephcott (Zanzala, 66’), Evans (Palmer-Houlden, 66’).

Subs not used: Maxted, Drysdale, Bright, Bondswell.

Goals: Wildig (12’, 54’), Lewis (18’), Charsley (78’), Palmer-Houlden (90+6’).

Bookings: Wildig, Evans, Jameson.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Mair, Tutonda, Bedeau ©, Songo’o, Adams, Garner, Slew (Hiwula, 61’), Stokes, Edwards (C Smith, 90+3’), Harrack (Larsson, 85’), Khumbeni (Brown, 85’).

Subs not used: A Smith, Taylor, Fairclough.

Goals: Edwards (31’, 74’), Stokes (70’).

Bookings: Tutonda.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: TBC (67 away).

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27 February 2024

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