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The Big Match Preview: Morecambe

28 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two meeting with Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday 29th April (k.o. 3pm).

Morecambe vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 29th April 2017, k.o. 3pm 
The Globe Arena, LA4 4TB
Referee: Darren Drysdale

- Read Gareth Ainsworth's thoughts ahead of the game
- We re-visit the 3-1 win at Morecambe in 2014

Two weeks ago, the play-offs seemed a bridge too far for the Chairboys after a 1-0 loss to Mansfield. Two victories later, they're right back in the hunt, and another pair of wins could clinch a top seven finish.

First up it's Morecambe, with whom Wycombe have a score to settle. Two years ago, at the same stage on the penultimate weekend of the season, the Shrimps won 1-0 at Adams Park to bump the Blues out of the automatic promotion places.

Now the two clubs are reunited at the Globe Arena - a stadium where Wanderers have never lost, winning on four of their five visits. Gareth Ainsworth's men are eyeing a double, having defeated the Shrimps 2-0 in November to kick-start a long winning run in the league.

Morecambe had lost seven consecutive games before hitting an upturn in form which included a 1-0 win at Stevenage which could be pivotal in the play-off contest. However, they lost 3-1 at Exeter last weekend, leaving them 18th but well clear of relegation danger.

Ainsworth has the luxury of a clean bill of health in his squad, with Paris Cowan-Hall and Anthony Stewart having returned from injury.

Wycombe have won nine of the 15 previous encounters, with Morecambe's two victories coming at Adams Park in the two seasons prior to this one.

Fans of the 'both teams to score' bet may give this game a wide berth; only in two of the last eight encounters have both teams hit the net.

Man in the middle
Darren Drysdale takes charge of his second Wycombe game this season, having officiated the 2-1 home loss to Carlisle in February.

He averages exactly three yellow cards per game in his 21 matches so far this season, showing three reds in total.

Morecambe did not send an advance allocation to Adams Park for away fans to purchase, and therefore tickets for visiting supporters were only due to be available by cash on the turnstile, or by card at the ticket office on arrival.

However, the 576 seats for away fans in the PMG Stand (Blocks A & B) are now available to buy online here.

Therefore fans are encouraged to buy in advance to allow both clubs to monitor the number of fans likely to attend the fixture.

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £21
Concessions*: £17
Juniors (14-18): £6
Children (5-13)**: FREE

*Concessions are seniors aged 65+, and students with valid ID
**Up to three children may go free with a paying adult/concession

Select the e-ticket option at the checkout and print your e-tickets at home. Simply bring your printed e-ticket to the match and scan at the turnstile to gain entry

By Adrian Wood

Postcode: LA4 4TB

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

Recommended area for car parking
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.

Using the train?
This is possible using Virgin Trains out of London Euston but there are a couple of changes involved. After the match there is a 17:55 departure from Morecambe that gets back to Euston at 23:02 (changes needed at Lancaster and Manchester Piccadilly). 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
The ground capacity is 6,476 (seating for 2,173). Away fans are mostly housed in the Bay Radio Terrace at one end of the ground, where 1,389 supporters can be accommodated. In addition the club also makes around 300 seats available in the Peter McGuigan Stand, which is shared with home fans. As you would expect with a new stadium the view of the playing action is good. Facilities are not great due mainly to lack of space at the back of the terraced stand. The club’s pies however come highly acclaimed!

Facilities around the ground
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?
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