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Match Preview: Morecambe vs Macclesfield Town

21 September 2018

Macclesfield Town travel to The Globe Arena tomorrow to face Morecambe, with The Silkmen intent on securing our first victory of the season. 

The Shrimps sit one place above Mark Yates' side in the Sky Bet League Two table, with the Lancashire outfit no doubt looking to create some breathing space between themselves and the newly promoted Silkmen. 

The two sides meet on a similar run of form, with Jim Bentley’s side failing to put any points on the board since Northampton Town were beaten by one goal to nil last month.

We will travel over to The Globe Arena full of confidence and determined to give our loyal fans something to cheer about come 17:00 tomorrow.

So, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash. 

Team News 

Long term absentees Jordan Ponticelli, Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell are all out of the fixture as they continue the respective rehabilitation programmes, whilst Ben Stephens is edging ever closer to a First-Team return.

Meanwhile The Shrimps summer signing Andrew Tutte has still yet to play for the Lancashire side following his move from relegated Bury and the 27-year-old midfielder looks to be a doubt for the weekends enthralling fixture. 

Other than that, Manager Jim Bentley should have a fully fit squad to choose from. 

 

Last Time Out – Morecambe 1-0 Macclesfield Town

Morecambe earned a crucial victory against The Silkmen last time out, to condemn Gary Simpson’s Macclesfield side  to a 1-0 defeat six years ago.

Leeds born striker Danny Carlton got the vital goal on the day as The Shrimps took all three points as Morecambe went on to achieve a 15th place league finish that season.

 

One To Watch – AJ Leitch-Smith 

Prolific striker AJ Leitch-Smith will no doubt prove to be a strong test for the Silkmen back-line tomorrow, with the Morecambe striker a product of the famed Crewe Alexandra academy.

His keen eye for goal earned the former Shrewsbury Town man his first team debut for the Alex in 2008, aged just 18.

After an impressive period in Cheshire where he scored 19 goals in 103 appearances, Yeovil Town came calling, via loan spells at Halifax Town, Curzon Ashton and iBV of Iceland among others. 

Following his time at Huish Park the 28-year-old forward has represented Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town and Dundee before signing at The Globe Arena in the summer. 

Leitch-Smith has  one goal to his tally this season – that being the winning goal in Morecambe’s only victory so far this season when they beat Northampton Town 1-0 at The Globe Arena in August. 

 

Ticket Prices 

Seating 

Adult: £21 

Concession (over 65): £17 

Young Adult (18-22): £15 

Junior (under 18): £6 

Under 11: One free with each paying adult or concession 

 

Standing 

Adult: £17 

Concession (over 65): £14 

Young Adult (18-22): £10 

Junior (under 18): £5 

Under 11: One free with each paying adult or concession 

Adult disabled supporters are admitted at concession rate and other ages for their relevant category with a carer admitted for free. 

By Joshua Kerr

 

 

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Match Report: Morecambe 2-1 Macclesfield Town

22 September 2018

The Silkmen’s search for three points continues after two Morecambe goals either side of Danny Whitaker’s second of the season defeated 10-man Macclesfield Town.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 61st minute, with Liam Mandeville collecting an overhit cross from the left and managing to find A-Jay Leitch-Smith in a crowded penalty area, who flicked past O’Hara.

However, the Silkmen were level just over 10 minutes later after Danny Whitaker’s thunderous half-volley blasted through a wall of red before hitting the back of the net in front of jubilant Macc fans.

With the Silkmen going for three-points, the Shrimps soon caught Macc on the break with Andrew Fleming running the ball from the half-way line and slotting into the bottom corner.

Yet, for a large portion of the match, the hosts had the man-advantage when Michael Rose was unfortunately shown red after colliding with Alex Kenyon in the centre-circle.

Ahead of this fixture, Mark Yates made three changes from the Lincoln City starting eleven last week, bringing in Nathan Blissett, Tyrone Marsh and Callum Evans into the line-up.

After a cagey first ten minutes for both sides, which could only boast a Rhys Oates effort from the edge of the area, the Silkmen came to life. Michael Rose’s long-range effort stung the gloves of the Shrimps’ skipper Barry Roche after some promising build up play.

The Silkmen began to dominate proceedings, with Jamie Grimes and Nathan Blissett both having efforts for the visitors, before Rose’s dangerous free-kick was stolen from the head of the 6-foot striker.

Liam Mandeville then scuffed a shot for the visitors after Fiacre Kelleher and Callum Evans clashed heads, with the latter receiving lengthy treatment.

Evans was eventually stretchered off for Callum Maycock, and just moments later, Rose received his marching orders for a challenge in the 37th minute.

Despite Morecambe trying their hardest to make their man advantage pay before half-time, the Silkmen stood firm. O’Hara produced a spectacular save to deny Andrew Fleming’s piledriver from distance, before the Shrimps midfielder flashed a cross through the six-yard area that evaded everyone.

Due to the stoppages in the first half, nine minutes of added time were played, with Liam Mandeville having the last say for the hosts as his looping effort from distance dropped onto the roof of the net.

Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Macclesfield Town

The hosts continued from where they left off, forcing James Pearson to put his body on the line as the hosts bared down on the Silkmen’s goal. Zak Mills then dragged his shot past the post from the resulting corner.

Macc’s first chance of the half then came from an Pearson throw-in, which was flicked on by Grimes and almost headed goal-wards by an incoming Tyrone Marsh at the back post.

It was not long before Morecambe then went ahead, Leitch-Smith squeezing his close-range effort across the line. And the Shrimps almost found a second soon after as the goalscorer’s effort form 18-yards was blocked into the gloves of O’Hara.

James Pearson’s throw-ins caused havoc in the home side’s penalty area all afternoon, and one justly led to the visitors’ equaliser. The ball fell to Whitaker on the edge of the area, and the 37-year-old equalised with a rocket in the 72nd minute.

Kieran O’Hara then made a brilliant save to keep the scores level, diving low to his right to claw away a shot from Leitch-Smith. However, Fleming then found the winner in the 77th minute.

With Yates opting for more height off the bench, Macc were fighting for a point, with both sides peppering each other’s goals in the late stages to no avail.

Full-time: Morecambe 2-1 Macclesfield Town

Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Conlan, Kenyon (Tutte 45’), Fleming, Yarney (Oliver 71’), Wildig, Lavelle, Mandeville, Oates (Ellison 76’), Leitch-Smith.

Unused subs: Halstead, Sinclair, Piggot, Hedley.

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Grimes, Marsh (Vincenti 78’), Blissett, Napa (Smith 66’), Evans (Maycock 38’), Pearson, Whitaker, Rose.

Unused subs: Simpson, Lowe, Wilson, Arthur.

By Matt Bates

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Ticket News

Morecambe Ticket News

17 September 2018

Ahead of this Saturday's trip to Morecambe, we are pleased to unveil the ticket prices which will be in operation at the Globe Arena.

These being -

Seating

Adult: £21 

Concession (over 65): £17 

Young Adult (18-22): £15 

Junior (under 18): £6 

Under 11: One free with each paying adult or concession 

Standing

Adult: £17 

Concession (over 65): £14 

Young Adult (18-22): £10 

Junior (under 18): £5 

Under 11: One free with each paying adult or concession 

Adult disabled supporters are admitted at concession rate and other ages for their relevant category with a carer admitted for free. 

Tickets can be pre-purchased online here -

Morecambe FC Ticket Sales 

Alternatively, tickets can also be purchased on the day, with cash on the gate or from the ticket office with cash or card.

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