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MATCH PREVIEW: The short hop to the Globe Arena at the weekend

Over 1,000 United fans set to make the journey

4 December 2019

As ever, tickets have been selling fast for the trip to the Globe Arena with a bumper away support guaranteed on Saturday afternoon.

Derek AdamsIt's been tough going for the Shrimps so far this season, with long-serving manager Jim Bentley having parted ways following 17 years with the club as both a player and the man in the hotseat.

Derek Adams took charge of his first home game against Carlisle in the Leasing.com Trophy just a few weeks ago, but just one win in five home league outings leaves him under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead. 

There were encouraging signs at Crawley when the new manager lifted his first league point, but it was back down to earth with a bump a fortnight ago when high-flying Crewe smashed five goals with no reply into the back of the net.

Our defeat at Morecambe last month serves as a reminder that positions in the table mean little when it comes to the 90 minutes, but United's new boss will be looking for three points from his first league game at the helm.

There are plenty of familiar faces plying their trade by the seaside, with Shaun Miller, Cole Stockton and John O'Sullivan all in the squad, and Stockton and Miller have five goals between them as they look to do their bit to get things going.

Lewis Alessandra is the other player to watch - he has five goals and two assists to his name.

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From the head coach ...

Chris BeechSpeaking ahead of the game, Chris Beech said: "This is what we would call a derby game, I suppose, and I'm looking forward to having some tremendous support behind us.

"Having heard the noise on Saturday at Forest Green I don't think anything will surprise me with these fans. As I've said before, we want to represent them in the way they expect and I want us to be performing to high standards every time we go out there.

"What we have to bear in mind is that they are a side who have some good players and they aren't just going to lie down for anybody. We’re going to have to work really hard against them.

"They’ve got four or five players I’ve worked with at Rochdale and, from having seen the characters they are, I know they'll be really up for the match. 

"We saw some good things from our players at the weekend, but that's only the start. I'm going to keep pushing and demanding because I know we can be better. Hopefully we'll see more signs of that at Morecambe."

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Did You Know?

+ Morecambe FC was formed on 7 May 1920 following a meeting at the local West View Hotel.

Christie Park

+ Mr JB Christie bequeathed the old ground - Christie Park - to the club in 1927.

+ Morecambe were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history after winning the Conference play-off final, beating Exeter City 2-1, on 20 May 2007, in front of over 40,000 fans.

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Head to Head

These two sides have met on a total of 20 occasions and the draw is by far and away the most common outcome between these local rivals with half of the clashes ending up that way.

  Carlisle wins Draws Morecambe wins
Cup 2 3 1
League 4 6 2
FA Cup 1 1 0
Total 7 10 3

Our first meeting this season was for the Leasing.com group game last month. History was made on the night when Jarrad Branthwaite become the club's youngest ever goalscorer but Andrew Tutte, Aaron Wildig and Luke Conlan struck back in the last half hour to take the points for the hosts.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

United were first-footers on New Year's Day at the Globe in January when goals from Jamie Devitt and Jack Sowerby secured a strong 2-0 away victory. 

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The Shrimps were last at Brunton Park in October 2018 and they took a grip on the game before the half hour mark, with goals from AJ Leitch-Smith and Vadaine Oliver providing a two-goal cushion. United never recovered and the game ended 2-0 in favour of the visitors.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Morecambe twice took the lead in our Checkatrade Trophy group game at the start of September that same year but stunning goals from George Glendon and Macaulay Gillesphey took us into the break all-square. Then a first goal for the club for Jerry Yates, with 15 minutes left to play, proved to be the match winner as the Blues closed ranks to claim their points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The sides met on three occasions during the 2017/18 campaign, with both league games running out as 1-1 draws.

Watch the highlights from our home league fixture here:

Watch the highlights from our away league fixture here:

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Man in the middle

Darren HandleyOur official for this fixture is Mr Darren Handley. Darren has been in charge of 16 games so far this season and has shown 64 yellow cards and six reds. 

He was last in charge of a Carlisle game back in October when we beat Blackpool 2-1 in the Leasing.com Trophy group game here at Brunton Park.

Ryan Loft and Canice Carroll got us the goals that won the tie, and Canice went in the book alongside Jon Mellish on the night.

Referee - Darren Handley
Assistant Referee 1 - Danny Gratton
Assistant Referee 2 - Chris Isherwood
Fourth Official - Benjamin Speedie

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Ticket information

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