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Preview: Morecambe (A)

16 August 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Morecambe (A)

16 August 2019

Cheltenham Town go in search of a first away win of the season on Saturday with a trip to the Globe Arena to take on Morecambe (kick-off: 3pm).

A first League Two victory of the season over Scunthorpe United brought with it an emphatic 4-1 win last weekend to ensure the Robins travel north to Lancashire with points already on the board.

The midweek loss to League One Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup is now behind Michael Duff's side as they look to make good early season progress in the League.

Morecambe themselves secured safe passage through in the Carabao Cup in midweek in an all League Two tie and will provide stern opponents on home soil this weekend.

Team news

Injury will rule out Will Boyle and Reuben Reid, however Ryan Broom and Max Sheaf are both expected to return after missing Tuesday's Carabao Cup defeat.

Striker Gavin Reilly is also available for selection after he was unavailable in midweek.

Rohan Ince's suspension means he misses out for a third game in a row.

Watch Michael Duff's pre-match press conference below:


Morecambe have started the season with a loss on the opening day to Grimsby, an away draw at Mansfield, plus a Carabao Cup win once again over Mansfield on penalty kicks.

Jim Bentley's side are entering into their 13th season at this level following their promotion from the old Conference National in 2007.

Their squad features a number of long-term servants such as goalkeeper Barry Roche and the entertaining 40-year-old Kevin Ellison.

The spine of their team is built on the likes of former Cardiff City man Aaron Wildig in midfield, while at the back Steven Old, former Burnley man Luke Conlan and Scotland youth international Sam Lavelle provide the solid platform that has seen them become an effective side at this level for many seasons.

In attack the Robins back line will have to keep a watchful eye over the likes of summer arrival Lewis Alessandra, ex-Tranmere Rovers target man Cole Stockton and AJ Leitch-Smith - a former teammate of Chris Clements at Crewe Alexandra.

They include one former Cheltenham man in the shape of Jordan Cranston in their ranks. He signed a new two-year deal to stay with the Lancashire side in June, while this week they've brought in Manchester United youngster George Tanner on loan. The 19-year-old left back has agreed a season-long move.

Previous meetings

In the Football League the two clubs have been familiar opponents in League Two. Since 2008, except for two FA Cup meetings, all of the teams clashes have been in the fourth tier.

Cheltenham boast the better record having won on nine occasions, while Morecambe have come out on top five times. There have also been six draws between the two.

The club's last two visits to the Shrimps have ended in defeats. Last season it was a disappointing 4-0 loss. The last Cheltenham victory there was in December 2016 when goals from Billy Waters and Harry Pell sealed a 2-1 win - watch the highlights from that game below.

The Robins biggest win over Saturday's opponents in the Football League is a 3-0 score-line, achieved twice, in October 2013 and April 2018.


Tickets are available to buy on the day. They must be bought from Morecambe's ticket office and can no longer be purchased on the turnstiles. They can also be bought in advance online here up to 2.30pm on matchday.

Fans who have booked on the Travel Club coach travelling to the fixture are advised that it leaves from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9am.


Stay up to date with all that goes on by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. Updates will also be available to keep an eye on via the club's Facebook page.

Post-match you'll be able to visit the club website to read a match report and hear from manager Michael Duff give his views on the performance.

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