Morecambe welcome Lancaster City to the Globe Arena for the first time on Saturday.
It will be the first meeting between the two sides for some time as both teams will compete for The Bay Trophy as well as be a vehicle to raise money for two good causes, the Neil Marshall Memorial Fund, which is supporting the family of the Dolly Blues skipper who died last November aged just 31 after a battle with cancer, and the Shrimps’ chosen charity, Unique Kidz and Co.
A family fun day will run alongside the football with it hoped the game will become a fixture in the calendar for years to come following this weekend’s meeting between Jim Bentley and Phil Brown’s sides.
City did beat a young Morecambe side managed by Stewart Drummond 7-2 at Giant Axe 12 months ago but this will be the first meeting of the senior sides in eight years.
“I know there is a rivalry there but this is a case of two clubs coming together to put on a day for the family and raise money for two very worthwhile causes,” said Bentley.
“I think it’s great to do something in memory of Neil; he was a player we knew and we’ve got to know his family.
“It’s nice to know that, in times like these, two clubs can stand shoulder to shoulder for the greater good.”
He added: “While it’s a derby match, we don’t want to lose players to any injuries.
“I’m sure it will be competitive as it always should be but we’re hoping for another good run out and a good test.”
Tickets for the event sponsored by Bay Radio will be £5 for adults with under 16s free.
The game will kick off at 3pm.