We return to Sky Bet League Two action following the international break with a trip to Wales to face Wrexham AFC.
The fixture is a return to action for the Shrimps, following the postponement of last weekend’s planned fixture vs Crewe Alexandra following international call-ups for Michael Mellon, JJ McKiernan and Eli King.
Morecambe will be looking to bounce back after defeat at Blackpool resulted in a group stage exit from the Bristol Street Motors Trophy. A late goal from defender Farrend Rawson was not enough for the Shrimps, the game finishing 2-1 to the Seasiders.
Wrexham travelled to Lancashire in their last outing, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat after a strong second half from hosts Accrington Stanley, ending the Red Dragons’ 11-game unbeaten streak across all competitions.
Saturday will be the first meeting of the two sides since the January of 2008, where the score finished 2-2 at Christie Park.
Despite Saturday’s defeat, Wrexham have started their Sky Bet League Two campaign strongly, finding themselves in 4th position in the table after 18 matches. Nine wins, six draws and three defeats has left Phil Parkinson’s men on 33 points.
Parkinson has been at the helm at Wrexham since the July of 2021, and guided the side to the National League title last season with a record-breaking points tally of 111, beating fellow League Two competitors Notts County to the single automatic promotion spot.
Midfielder Elliot Lee tops the goalscoring charts for the Red Dragons, racking up 10 goals so far this season, in his 18 Sky Bet League Two appearances. After joining in the summer of 2022, Lee has amassed 72 appearances for the Welsh outfit, with 24 goals to his name.
Wrexham’s attacking force is bolstered by Ollie Palmer, contributing five goals and two assists in his games this season. The 31-year old joined the club in January 2022, and proved to be a crucial part of their promotion season, netting 16 National League goals on their march to the title.
A Familiar Face
Ex-Morecambe forward Paul Mullin has been a crucial part of the Red Dragons recent success, racking up a total of 80 goals in 140 appearances.
Mullin played for the Shrimps from 2014-2017, making 140 appearances across three seasons and scoring 28 times.
The Man in the Middle
Referee Ben Atkinson will take charge at STōK Cae Ras on Saturday afternoon, in what will be his 15th fixture of the season. In his previous 14 games, he has dished out a total of 70 cards, including 65 yellows.
He will be joined by assistants Richard Morris and Christopher Husband, alongside fourth official Steven Plane.
Ged Brannan’s Pre-Match Thoughts
Joint Caretaker Manager Ged Brannan will manage the Shrimps on Saturday alongside John McMahon, following Derek Adams’ departure at the start of the week.
Ahead of our trip to North Wales, Brannan spoke on the challenge ahead.
“I’ve really enjoyed it," he said.
"This week, we’ve come in, told the lads, had a chat with them. They’ve all been onboard with us, I’ve had little meetings with individual players, they’re all behind me and looking forward to the big game on Saturday.
“We’re going to have to go into this game full of confidence - we’re a good team as well - and stick to our gameplan.
“It’s going to be tough because we’ve had such little time with players, but we’ll have my own little twist on it.”
Stuart Moore remains side-lined with his long-term injury, and he will be joined on the touchline by Donald Love, who is out with an ankle injury.
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