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Match Preview: Morecambe vs Cambridge Utd

1 November 2021

The U’s are back in action looking to build on Saturday’s 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon, as they prepare for a trip to Morecambe on Tuesday night…

Form:

Jensen Weir’s power header just moments into the second half on Saturday ended a run of seven games without a win for Mark Bonner’s side, as his U’s ran out 1-0 victors against AFC Wimbledon.

Cambridge United Form: DDLDW

Despite the recent winless run prior to Saturday’s game, the U’s have become a team hard to beat, only tasting defeat two times in their last ten outings. More impressively, Mark Bonner’s side have only fallen to defeat on four occasions this season – a record only bettered by four teams in the division.

The Shrimps have made a respectable step up to the third tier following a turbulent summer in which saw the Lancashire club lose manager Derek Adams and key player Carlos Mendes Gomes. Victories against Shrewsbury, Crewe, Doncaster and Sheffield Wednesday see Steve Robinson’s side sit 19th in the division.

Morecambe Form: LLLDL

Despite early season form which saw the Shrimps move up to 11th and just three points shy of the play-offs following a 2-0 victory over Lincoln City at the end of Septemberl, a run of four League One defeats from their last five games has seen Morecambe fall to within touching distance of the drop zone – and only remain out of the bottom four thanks to their superior goal difference.

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Key Player: Cole Stockton

Described as ‘one of Europe’s most inform strikers’ by U’s Head Coach Mark Bonner, Cole Stockton will be hoping to add to his already impressive 11 League One goals and two assists this season on Tuesday. The former Hearts and Tranmere striker was unable to prevent his side from falling to defeat in their last outing on Saturday – despite his goal – as Steve Robinson’s men fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Oxford United.

Down Memory Lane

U’s fans wouldn’t have to hard pressed to remember memorable previous clashes against Tuesday’s hosts – with Cambridge United boasting impressive 5-0 and 7-0 wins over Morecambe within the past five years.

Paul Mullin’s hat-trick, coupled with goals from Wes Hoolahan and Adam May inflicted Morecambe to a 5-0 defeat at the Mazuma Stadium last season at the hands of Mark Bonner’s side en-route to League Two promotion.

Despite emphatic wins over the Shrimps in recent games, neither side hold bragging rights over the other when it comes to historical head-to-head clashes between the two sides – with both Morecambe and the U’s winning on seven occasions.

Quick Quotes

U’s Head Coach Mark Bonner is expecting a tough match-up against Morecambe on Tuesday: “They are a strong side. They came up with us, but they have had a lot of changes over the summer, a change of manager as well as lots of new players arriving, so some slightly different challenges we will have to prepare for from last season.

“Morecambe will be slightly disappointed with their current run of form but similarly to Doncaster and Shrewsbury, their home form is excellent, and they have picked up some brilliant results. We know how tough of a game it is going to be tomorrow and we have to give ourselves the best chance of going and getting something from the game to keep adding to the total that we are on.”

Officials

Robert Madley will head up Tuesday’s clash against the U’s, with Johnathon Bickerdike and Alan Clayton coming in as his assistants. Ollie Yates will oversee the game as Fourth Official.

How to Watch

U’s fans can secure their tickets in person at the ground on the day of the game. Or for fans who are not able to attend, the next best way to get behind the U's is by streaming the action with iFollow.

Match Passes are available to buy now for just £10. The simplest way to do so is by clicking here and selecting the Morecambe fixture. Either log-in to your existing iFollow account or create a free account by clicking ‘Register Now’.

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

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