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The Big Match Preview: Morecambe vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

10 November 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

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.

Team news
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:

Adult: £21
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.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow – or watch live if you live overseas – while you can also follow updates across the club’s social media channels.

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Match Reports

Report: Morecambe 2-1 Wycombe

Akinfenwa's 10th of the season not enough to prevent defeat.

11 November 2017

Wanderers lost at Morecambe for the first time in nine visits, succumbing to a 2-1 loss at the Globe Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The damage was done in the first half as Steve Old headed them into the lead and Adam McGurk’s low strike found the bottom corner, with the Blues producing a display well below their usual standards.

It was a different story after the interval as Wanderers dominated throughout, but their only reward was a header from Adebayo Akinfenwa which proved to be a mere consolation at the Shrimps held on.

Gareth Ainsworth made one change to his starting line-up from the side that defeated Solihull in the FA Cup last weekend, with Ebere Eze returning to the team at the expense of Matt Bloomfield.

Former Chairboy Garry Thompson lined up against his ex-club though Morecambe were without the services of loanee Max Muller, who was ineligible to feature against his parent side.

Eberechi Eze had the game’s first shot with just 25 seconds on the clock, but his low effort from outside the box was comfortable for Barry Roche to hold, and moments later Nick Freeman fizzed a fierce cross-shot across goal which Roche parried to safety.

Morecambe were forced to play on the counter attack for much of the early part of the game, though they had a sight of goal when Kevin Ellison nodded a deep cross into the path of Aaron Wildig, who miscued his volley over the bar.

Adebayo Akinfenwa’s first effort of the game deflected safely for Roche after Eberechi Eze laid it off for the striker, while Adam McGurk wasn’t far off scoring a stunning strike from 45 yards, sending a curling effort just over the bar with Scott Brown off his line.

Brown laid on a chance for Akinfenwa with a high floating free-kick towards the penalty spot which was headed goalwards but saved by Roche, and action swung to the other end when Andrew Fleming volleying wide from Joe Jacobson’s headed clearance.

However, the breakthrough came on 27 minutes and it was Morecambe’s Steve Old who broke the deadlock, sending a bullet header past Brown from a right-wing cross after Craig Mackail-Smith had cleared an initial corner.

Wycombe upped their game and saw Nick Freeman send a low shot wide, though Adam McGurk could’ve doubled the lead when he lent back to meet a cross and volleyed high into the car park.

Dan Scarr’s well-struck volley was brilliantly kept out by a diving header from Aaron McGowan after Ebere Eze’s cross sparked panic, but within a minute Morecambe made it 2-0 when Thompson’s cross wasn’t effectively cleared and McGurk was left with time and space to find the bottom corner with a clean hit.

Marcus Bean side-footed over the bar when the ball fell to him 20 yards out just before the interval, while Ellison had a chance to make it 3-0 with a first-time shot which evaded the left post.

It left Wanderers with a lot to do to turn the game around in the second period, but they began with a spring in their step and went about their business in a determined, high tempo fashion, attacking down the channels and looking for that clinical pass into the box.

Kevin Ellison struck the wall with a free-kick 20 yards out in a rare Morecambe attack as they sat back to invite Wanderers pressure, and Bean volleyed over from a half-cleared cross from the left.

Then Anthony Stewart surged all the way from his own half to the edge of the box and teed up Akinfenwa, who turned delightfully and forced a smart save from Roche down low to left.

Saunders then bent a wicked shot towards the top corner from 25 yards but Roche tipped it behind, and from Saunders’ second delivery from the right, Bean made the connection only to see the ball bundled off the line.

Gareth Ainsworth made a double change with Luke O’Nien and Paris Cowan-Hall replacing Saunders and Dominic Gape, which resulted in a change in shape, and Cowan-Hall’s first real involvement was a cross for Mackail-Smith, who beat his man headed over.

Then Cowan-Hall’s superb cross was volleyed fiercely at goal by Freeman but the ball bounced off Roche and the rebound landed on the roof of the net from the head of Akinfenwa, before the final change arrived with Matt Bloomfield replacing Ebere Eze.

Hope arrived with eight minutes left on the clock, and Cowan-Hall again was the architect with another superb cross, enabling Akinfenwa to send an unstoppable header past Roche to rack up double figures for the season and set up a grandstand finale.

He was so close to an equaliser just two minutes later when he cushioned a header agonisingly wide of the far post, and then Mackail-Smith curled wide from the edge of the box from Akinfenwa’s flick-on.

Freeman jinked past a number of defenders and hit the target with a swerving shot that Roche needed to hold – but did – with two white shirts lurking.

Four minutes of stoppage time arrived but the Shrimps did all they needed to keep the Chairboys at bay to record their first ever home win over the Wanderers, who will now target three points at home to Crawley next weekend.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Morecambe (A, 11/11)

Get your ticket for the trip to the Globe Arena.

8 November 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League two clash at Morecambe on Saturday 11th November, 3pm kick-off.

Wanderers have been been given an initial allocation of just over 300 tickets which is unreserved seating.

Prices are as follows:

Adult: £21
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.

Call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the shop at Adams Park to book in advance.

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