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The Shrimps take a Tuesday trip to the seaside

14 November 2023

We look to secure our place in the knockout stages of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy on Tuesday 14 November with a short trip to our Lancashire neighbours Blackpool.

Following Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two defeat on the east coast at Grimsby, the Shrimps will be looking to bounce back in style on the west coast, facing League One side Blackpool. Despite goals from Adam Mayor and JJ McKiernan, Morecambe succumbed to a 3-2 loss following a sharp spell from the Mariners at the start of the second half.

The Seasiders also failed to win at the weekend; a visit to local rivals Bolton Wanderers resulting in a 1-0 win for the home side.

The Shrimps’ last visit to Bloomfield Road was in 2019, where the score finished 4-1 to Blackpool, ending Morecambe’s 2019-20 FA Cup run at the first hurdle.

The Opposition

Six wins, six draws, and five losses in the league has left Neil Critchley’s side in eighth position in the Sky Bet League One table, three points outside of the playoff spots.

The Seasiders find themselves at the top of Group A in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, following wins against Barrow and Liverpool U21s. This means they have already secured their place in the knockout round of the tournament, as they face a Morecambe side who only require a draw to join them in the next stages.

Key Players

Loanee Jordan Rhodes has been leading the goalscoring for the seaside club. The experienced 33-year old has scored 9 goals in the league in his 13 appearances, placing him in fifth position in the Sky Bet League One top scorers leaderboard.


Shayne Lavery has also provided a goal threat for the Neil Critchley’s men, with the Northern Ireland international adding four goals to his name in fourteen appearances.

A Familiar Face

Ex-Morecambe loanee Jensen Weir started in the Seasiders last Bristol Street Motors Trophy fixture against Liverpool U21, so Shrimps’ fans may see the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder in action on Tuesday night.


Derek Adams' Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of our midweek visit to the Fylde Coast, Derek Adams spoke on Blackpool's strength in depth.

He said: "They will change their side about, they're going to take in players off the bench who are quality players.

"You look at Jensen Weir who we had here last season, he's there, Jensen will play, a very good player.

"They've got other players on the bench who can play in their first team.

"They've been able to enhance their squad over the summer since coming down from the Championship."

The Man in the Middle

Martin Woods will take charge at Broomfield Road on Tuesday night. It will be referee’s twelfth fixture of the season, in which he has dished out 39 yellow cards and three red cards.

Woods last officiated the Shrimps at the start of 2023, as the man in the middle at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium where Morecambe beat Cheltenham Town 2-1 in Sky Bet League One.

Joining Woods on the touchlines will be Danny Jarvis and Jacob Graham, with the help of fourth official Declan Brown.

Team News

Jake Taylor and Stuart Moore remain side-lined through injury, whereas our international call-ups are away with their national sides.

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