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Since we last met: Morecambe

5 April 2024

Club News

Since we last met: Morecambe

5 April 2024

The hunt for a sixth straight league win takes Rovers to play-off hopefuls Morecambe at the Mazuma Stadium.

The Shrimps currently occupy eighth spot in Sky Bet League Two, with a pair of victories over the Easter weekend taking them within two points of a return to the top seven.

THE LAST MEETING

Rovers fell to a 5-0 defeat to Morecambe on a disappointing afternoon at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Despite enjoying the better of the ball, Rovers struggled for creativity and tempo throughout the game and were undone by the ruthless visitors.

Michael Mellon scored twice with Eli King, captain Jacob Bedeau and David Tutonda also finding the net for Morecambe who were clinical in front of goal.

Mellon was recalled by parent club Burnley in January after netting 15 goals and is now with Dundee.

MORECAMBE’S RECENT FORM

Morecambe returned to form over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend with back-to-back wins after a run of four straight defeats in League Two.

Losses to Wrexham, Newport County, Salford City and Gillingham saw 14 goals conceded.

But a pair of 2-1 wins over Accrington Stanley and Barrow last weekend put them back in touch with the top seven in the division.

LAST TIME OUT

Morecambe 2 Barrow 1

Sky Bet League Two, Monday, April 1, 2024

Line-up: Mair, Tutonda, Bedeau, Stokes, Senior, Khumbeni, Taylor, Slew, Adams (Songo’o 82), Brown (Hiwula 86), Edwards. Subs not used: McKiernan, Larsson, C Smith, A Smith, Threlkeld.

THE MANAGER

Ged Brannan enjoyed quite the playing career across the North West having notably featured for Tranmere and Manchester City in the 1990s.

He retired from football with Burscough in 2016 and entered a coaching role at Accrington Stanley before assuming the position of manager at Morecambe in November 2023 where he holds a 39 per cent win ratio.

THE KEY MEN

Goalkeeper: Archie Mair

Shot stopper Mair joined the Shrimps on loan from Norwich City during the January transfer window and he has already gone on to make 18 appearances.

His penalty shootout heroics guided Notts County to National League play-off success last term and spent the first half of this season with National League promotion hopefuls Gateshead.

Defender: Jacob Bedeau

A mainstay for Morecambe since 2022, Grenada international Bedeau is into his third season with the club after playing his part in the Shrimps’ League One survival while on loan in 2022.

The Bury youth signed for Aston Villa in 2017 but never made an appearance at Villa Park before signing for Scunthorpe United in 2019. He earned a move to Burnley while with the Iron but he left just a year later for Morecambe.

In the middle: JJ McKiernan

Northern Ireland U21 international McKiernan made the switch to Morecambe in 2023 after leaving Watford where he earned his first professional contract.

He never made a senior appearance for the Hornets but spent time on loan with Bohemians and Eastleigh before joining the Shrimps permanently last summer where he has seven goals to his name so far.

Up top: Gwion Edwards

Welshman Edwards came through the ranks at Swansea City but he first made a name for himself at Crawley Town where he struck 15 goals from 93 appearances on the wing.

His form continued with Peterborough United and then Wigan Athletic where he helped the Latics secure the League One title in 2022. He joined Morecambe in January after spending the first half of the season as a free agent.

HISTORY

Morecambe celebrated their centenary year in 2020 and spent their existence among the non-league circuit until their first promotion to the EFL in 2007. The Shrimps spent the next 14 years in the fourth tier of English football before promotion to League One in 2021. They were relegated for the first time in their history last term as they returned to League Two.

Rovers first met Morecambe in the 1999/2000 Conference campaign and ran out 2-1 winners at Christie Park in the September of that campaign before returning the same result in the reverse fixture in the January. The two sides have met 15 times in total and Morecambe lead the head-to-head rivalry with seven wins in comparison to Rovers’ five.

Rovers last win at the Mazuma Stadium came in September 2016 when a brace from John Marquis alongside goals from Andy Butler, Matty Blair and James Coppinger on his 500th appearance for the club secured a 5-1 win.

TURNED OUT FOR BOTH

Both sides enjoyed the services of striker Liam Mandeville between 2015 and 2019 - he having joined Morecambe on loan from Rovers in 2018.

The Englishman came through the youth ranks at Rovers and scored 15 goals in 64 appearances as well as claiming the League Two title and an EFL Young Player of the Month award in the 2016/17 campaign.

After another loan move out of South Yorkshire with Colchester United in 2018, Mandeville joined the Shrimps in the very same year to score four in 46 outings.

The striker left Rovers permanently in the summer of 2019 and joined Chesterfield where he has featured 210 times for the Spireites and recently claimed the Vanarama National League title.

Contributor: Jefferson Hall-Nolan

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