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Morecambe vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 11th November 2017, k.o. 3pm
The Globe Arena
Referee: Andy Haines
After back-to-back cup matches on the road at Swindon and Solihull, the Chairboys return to league action looking to extend their unbeaten record at Morecambe.
Wanderers have never lost on eight visits to the home of the Shrimps but perhaps more significant is the role Jim Bentley’s men have played in thwarting two Wycombe promotion attempts, denying them a much-needed victory in the penultimate match of both the 2014/15 and 2016/17 campaigns.
Bentley is one of only two managers in the EFL to have held his managerial post for a longer period than Gareth Ainsworth, and continues to operate with some of the more limited resources in the division, seeking to pull away from the relegation zone having collected only 14 points from 16 matches so far.
Wycombe, on the other hand, will look to consolidate their top seven position and return to winning ways after a run of three draws and a defeat in their last four league outings, although they were victorious in last week’s FA Cup clash at Solihull.
Morecambe will need to make at least one change, with Chairboys loanee Max Muller unable to face his parent club, although Garry Thompson is in line to face the club with which he spent two years and famously scored against Tottenham in the FA Cup.
Gareth Ainsworth welcomed defensive trio Dan Scarr, Anthony Stewart and Sido Jombati back to his squad last weekend, with his injury problems beginning to ease as now only Michael Harriman, Scott Kashket, Nathan Tyson and Josh Umerah are out of action.
Wycombe have won nine of the 16 overall meetings, including five in the north-west, while Morecambe’s two victories have both come at Adams Park.
The most recent meeting – in April – was one of five draws between the clubs; the first since January 2014.
Man in the middle
Andy Haines takes charge of his second Wanderers game this season; the first was the dramatic 3-2 home win over Crewe Alexandra.
He’s shown 42 yellow and two red cards in 15 matches so far this campaign, while the last five league games he’s officiated at the Globe Arena have ended in draws (four 1-1s and one 2-2).
Wanderers will be wearing their third-choice white Utilita-sponsored strip for the game at Morecambe.
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival at the Globe Arena.
Prices are as follows:
Concession (65 and over): £17
Young Adult (18-22 & Students): £15
Junior (Under 18): £6
Under 11: Free with a paying adult/concession.
*Each paying adult or concession can have one free under 11 ticket, any additional children pay the junior rate. Under 14's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
By Adrian Wood
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 – the M40 and the M42. Leave the motorway at J34 and follow signs for Morecambe. At long last the Lancaster Bypass is now open, so getting stuck in traffic going through Lancaster City Centre is a thing of the past. After around five miles you will reach a crossroads (with a McDonalds over on the right) where you turn right onto the Morecambe Road. You will then reach a roundabout where there is a Toby Carvery. Here take the first exit into Westgate Road (signposted West Promenade, Sandylands). Continue along this road for about one mile. You will pass the Morecambe Fire Station on your right before you reach the Globe Arena, also on your right.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 227 (average journey time 3 hours 40 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
Parking at the stadium is for permit holders only. If you continue along Westgate passing the stadium then on the other side of the railway bridge there is plenty of street parking to be found in the side roads on either side.
Fancy using the train?
Virgin West Coast operates a service out of London Euston. Best option on the outward leg is to depart Euston at 09:30, change at Lancaster, arriving into Morecambe at 12:13. After the match there is a 17:55 departure from Morecambe that gets back to Euston at 21:33 (again changing at Lancaster). The station is around a 25-30 minute walk away from the Globe Arena. From near the station you can take a bus number 6 or 6A, from the bus stop located opposite Frankie & Benny's or from the nearby bus station. This drops you right outside the stadium and takes about 10 minutes.
Facilities for away fans
Away fans are usually housed in the PMG Stand (A & B), which is covered and shared with home fans. As you would expect with a new stadium the view of the playing action is good. The club’s pies come highly acclaimed!
Spare time before or after match?
Just outside the stadium a new Marston's pub, the “Hurley Flyer” has recently opened. This is family friendly and serves food. Another nearby bar that admits away fans can be found on the Regent Leisure Holiday Park. This is a few minutes’ walk away along Westgate. You can park here at a cost of £3 per vehicle. If you have time take the 15-min walk to the seafront (out of the stadium entrance and turn right). On reaching the sea front turn right and you will reach a few more bars, including Davy Jones Locker in the basement of the Clarendon Hotel. Continuing to walk along the front for about another five minutes you will reach the Ranch House pub. There is a Wetherspoon outlet in the town centre, called the Eric Bartholomew on Euston Road.
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