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Grimsby v Morecambe Preview

By: Sam Kinnaird
Date: 08/01/2009

MORECAMBE are the visitors to Blundell Park on Saturday as the sides meet for the 7th time in the past two years.

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The Opposition


The Shrimpers were promoted to the Football League in 2007, beating Exeter in the play-off final at Wembley. They finished 11th last season on 60 points, five points and five places above the Mariners. They also reached the northern final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and were of course beaten 1-0 over two legs by Grimsby. Morecambe will move into their new stadium for the beginning of the 2009/10 season; the current ground, Christie Park holds only 6,400 supporters. Current manager and Northern Irish legend Sammy Mcilroy (left) was appointed in May 2006 after a successful caretaker-manager spell following illness to then manager Jim Harvey, who was sacked on the day he returned to work after a heart attack. McIlroy has since drastically improved the fortunes of the club, establishing themselves in League Two, and just this week an approach from Cork City for the Irishman was turned down. This season has been an indifferent one for the Lancashire side, they currently lie in 16th position with 5 wins and 25 points. Too many draws have been a problem for them this term, and wins against high fliers Darlington and Shrewsbury have shown their inconsistency.

The Team

Young Irish striker Diarmuid O'Carroll was brought in from Celtic in the summer after turning down offers to become a model from Irish retail giants Dunnes. However he has failed to live up to fans' hopes, scoring only 2 goals in 8 appearances. Experienced midfielder Neil Wainwright was also signed in the summer, and has since become the heartbeat of the team in the middle of the park. Loanees Rene Howe, Dan Smith, Ryan McGivern and Danny Carlton were also signed in the summer to boost the numbers. Michael Twiss (left), once of Manchester United, has become a Morecambe legend since being signed from Chester in 2004 scoring 49 goals in 153 games for the club, other key figures include skipper Jim Bentley, defender David Artell and midfielder Ryan McCann. Former Irish under-21 keeper Barry Roche is currently between the sticks at Christie Park, the 6 foot 4 inch giant lists Nottingham Forest and Leeds United as his former clubs.

Key Player

Striker Rene Howe is currently on loan from League One high-fliers Peterborough United, and has bagged nine goals so far this season. The frontman was signed for the season and once scored for Peterborough against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly; he is quick and has an eye for goal. The Mariners will hopefully have done their homework on him, having scored a hat-trick against them for Rochdale last season at Spotland, a game which Rochdale won 3-1.

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Currently 22nd in League Two.
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Currently 16th in League Two.

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Team News


  • Town could have three on-loan players making their debuts: Joe Widdowson (left back, West Ham), Stuart Elliot (left-sided midfielder, Doncaster), and Dean Sinclair (Barnet) is a central midfielder.

  • Tom Newey is still missing through injury.
  • Morecambe team news to follow
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9MFAdam Proudlock
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16MFJean-Paul Kalala
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    22FWNathan Jar man
    23MFGrant Normington
    25MFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27MFMickael Buscher
    28GKLeigh Overton
    TBADFJoe Widdowson
    TBAMFStuart Elliot
    TBAMFDean Sinclair
    1GKBarry Roche
    2DFAdam Yates
    3DFMichael Howard
    4DFDavid Artell
    5DFJim Bentley (captain)
    6MFCraig Stanley
    7FWMichael Twiss
    8MFGarry Hunter
    9FWWayne Curtis
    10FWRene Howe (on loan from Peterborough United)
    11MFNeil Wainwright
    12GKLewis Edge
    14FWDiarmuid O'Carroll
    15MFFraser McLachlan
    16MFStewart Drummond
    17FWAaron Taylor
    18FWPaul Lloyd
    19MFRyan McCann
    20MFMichael Carr
    21FWMatthew Blinkhorn
    22DFAndy Parrish
    23DFHenry McStay
    24MFMatthew Bell
    25DFDanny Adams
    27FWDanny Carlton (on loan from Carlisle United)
    30GKScott Davies

    Head to Head

    Town just edge the head to head on goal difference but have not won for three games.

    P 7 W2 D3 L2 F9 A6

    Morecambe Head-to-Head (50th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Morecambe 1 Grimsby 1 (Sat 21st Sep 2008)

    The first game following Alan Buckley's sacking saw Stuart Watkiss scrape a respectable away point.



    Well with the current form of Notts and the league places for both clubs I think this will be a draw 1-1

    The Fishy Prediction

    A 1-1 draw seems to be developing into somewhat of a tradition when these teams meet.

    Grimsby 1-1 Morecambe

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