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Preview: Morecambe

19 October 2021

Match Previews

Preview: Morecambe

19 October 2021

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Morecambe line up at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium as familiar opponents this evening for Cheltenham Town (kick-off: 7.45pm).

It's the first time since regaining promotion to League One that the Robins have faced a side who were also playing their football in League Two last season.

Both sides have made good starts to their campaigns at this level and the match promises to provide another tight encounter between the two teams.

Tickets are available to purchase online and from the different ticket collection points around the Jonny-Rocks Stadium for the game. The turnstiles are cashless so advance tickets are required to gain entry into the stadium.

Team news

Midfield man Liam Sercombe is back fit and available after a recent injury problem.

Fellow midfielder Taylor Perry (pictured) is out after he was forced off at the weekend.

Callum Wright is definitely out with his long-term knee injury.

Media talk

Boss Michael Duff is well aware of the attacking threat Tuesday's opponents possess in front of goal.

"Morecambe are a really good team. They surprised everyone last year but they've built on that," he said in his press conference on Monday.

"I think only Ipswich have scored more goals than them. We know we're going to be right up against it."

Watch Duff's pre-match thoughts on iFollow where you can also watch goalkeeper Scott Flinders previewing the game.


Play-off final victory over Newport County AFC earned Morecambe their first ever promotion to League One and the team from Lancashire have made a good start at the level.

They've collected 14 points from 12 games so far and sit in mid-table after a 3-2 defeat to Burton Albion on Friday night.

Many of last season's squad remain, though there was a change right at the top. Upon their promotion last season manager Derek Adams quit to join Bradford City, and he was replaced by 46-year-old Stephen Robinson.

Front man Cole Stockton is one of those players who has made the step up after winning promotion last season and a return of 12 goals from 14 games in all competitions this season has seen him twice named the Player of the Month in League One so far.

Others such as goalkeeper Kyle Letheren, powerful midfielder Toumani Diagouraga and left-sided defender Liam Gibson have also continued to build on last season's success.

They did turn to the transfer market though to bring in the likes of Wes McDonald from Walsall, Northern Ireland international Alfie McCalmont on loan from Leeds United, the experienced Scott Wootton from Plymouth Argyle and Adam Phillips on loan from Burnley - the 23-year-old having had two previous loan stints at the Mazuma Stadium.

The manager: Stephen Robinson

Appointed boss at the start of June on a three-year deal, Stephen Robinson is in his third managerial position but his second in English football having previously taken charge at Oldham Athletic. Sandwiched in between his two English managerial spells he led Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.

As a player he was a midfielder who represented his home country of Northern Ireland seven times while spending most of his career at AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town.


Tickets are available to purchase online but will also be available to buy at the stadium ahead of kick-off. Tickets must be bought before heading to the turnstiles which are cashless.

Colin Farmer Stand tickets can be bought from the ticket point next to the Parklands turnstiles. Autovillage Stand tickets are available to buy from the ticket office and standing tickets from the portakabin in the car park.

Pre-paid tickets are available to collect from the portakabin except for Colin Farmer tickets which must be picked up by the point next to the Parklands turnstiles.

Match programme

Tuesday's match programme will be on sale around the stadium and is priced at £3.

It features a big interview with Stoke City loanee Christian Norton reflecting on his career so far and his experiences in his short time at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

There are also features with Kyle Vassell and Michael Duff as well as a look around some of the latest goings on around the club.

The programme is also available to buy online.


Watch live: The game is available to watch online by purchasing an iFollow match pass which is available to buy for £10.

Social media: Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news and updates, CTFC on Facebook for score updates and @CTFCofficial on Instagram.

Website: Read the match report post-match and see reaction to the result from inside the camp.

Radio: Tune in to live commentary on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on iFollow.

Highlights: Watch extended highlights on iFollow, on YouTube, Quest and on Sky Sports.

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