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Preview: Shrimps vs Stags

4 April 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of our first ever trip to the Globe Arena…

TEAM NEWS

Manager Paul Cox will be without a number of players for Saturday’s match at Morecambe.

Both full-back James Jennings and midfielder Anthony Howell will miss the long trip to the Globe Arena through suspension, having accumulated 10 yellow cards apiece this season.

Ben Hutchinson (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, whilst Ross Dyer (broken nose) and Paul Black (calf) were both injured in Monday’s reserve match at Rotherham United.


RECENT FORM

Adam Murray bagged the only goal as our team made it back-to-back league wins with a 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon last weekend. To watch highlights, click here.

The victory temporarily moved us into the top half of the Sky Bet League Two table, though Bury’s midweek win against Bristol Rovers saw us slip down to 13th position.

Morecambe are on a five-match winless streak and were beaten 1-0 by Bristol Rovers last Saturday, courtesy of an injury-time header by Kaid Mohamed. To watch highlights, click here.

The Shrimps, who currently occupy 17th spot, have kept just six clean-sheets this term – the last of which was against local rivals Fleetwood Town on Boxing Day.

Nevertheless, Jim Bentley’s players have come from behind to take points on no fewer than 16 occasions this term. Such is their fighting spirit that 32 of their 48 points have been obtained from losing positions.

A win for Morecambe on Saturday would see them leapfrog us in the table.

In the scoring charts, Padraig Amond leads the way for the Shrimps, having netted 10 goals in Sky Bet League Two, whilst Sam Clucas is our top scorer with eight league goals.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Saturday’s match will be our fourth league meeting with Morecambe, but our first trip to the Globe Arena.

Our team will hope that a new venue also heralds a change in fortunes for us. The Shrimps have won each of the three previous meetings between the two clubs – including the reverse fixture at One Call Stadium in November.


OFFICIALS

Mr Darren Deadman has been appointed by the Football League as referee this fixture. He will be ably assisted by Mr Danny Gratton and Mr David Storrie. The Fourth Official is Mr Ryan Johnson.


MATCH TICKETS

Supporters should pay at the turnstiles on matchday at the Globe Arena. No tickets are available to buy in advance from One Call Stadium.

Admission prices are as follows:

£19: Adults
£15: Disabled, Senior Citizens (65+) and Students*
£6: Under 19s

*Students MUST be in possession of a valid NUS card.

Under 14's can enter for FREE with a paying adult. Disabled fans requiring a carer ticket should go to the Morecambe F.C. ticket office. Carers are admitted free-of-charge.


TRAVEL DETAILS

- By Road…

Exit the M6 at junction 34 and take the A683 towards Lancaster, before joining the A589 towards Morecambe. Go straight across two roundabouts passing a McDonalds outlet on your left-hand side. At the next roundabout (where there is a Toby Carvery), take the first exit into Westgate Road (signposted West Promenade, Sandylands). Continue along this road for about one mile and you will come to the Globe Arena.

- By Rail…

Morecambe Rail station is around a 25-30 minute walk away from the stadium. As you come out of the station, turn left down Central Drive past Frankie & Benny's, Morrisons and a KFC, and you will reach the sea front. Turn left along the promenade, passing the Ranch House pub on your left-hand side, and take the fifth left into Regent Road. Proceed straight up Regent Road and continue along into Westgate. You will then reach the Globe Arena on your left-hand side, just over the railway bridge. Alternatively, you can catch a 6 or 6A bus from outside Frankie & Benny’s, which run towards the stadium.

- Parking…

Parking at the stadium is for permit holders only, but if you continue along Westgate, passing the stadium on your right-hand side, some street parking is to be had in the side roads.


TWITTER

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COMMENTARY

If you aren’t travelling to the Globe Arena, you can hear full-match commentary on Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only). You can also hear full-match commentary in the company of other supporters in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from midday. 

Mansfield 103.2’s ‘Stags FM’ show begins at 1.00pm. To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.


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