York City v Morecambe: Shrimps conjure up spirit of 2007 clash

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MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley is hoping to summon up the spirit of 2007 as his side make the trip to Bootham Crescent tomorrow.

The Shrimps chief heads a Morecambe outfit which has been struggling for form away from home this season, having come away from road trips empty- handed on eight occasions – a record only Dagenham and Redbridge (eight) and Barnet (nine) can compare with.

Ironically, Bentley’s men beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 on their last foray into opposition territory – but it needed late goals from Stuart Drummond and Ryan Williams to secure Morecambe a three-point haul.

Williams, in particular, is creating a buzz on the coast.

Having sorted out a contract issue, following confusion over his eligibility after he stepped up from the amateur game, he has been reportedly starring for the reserves before his late heroics in that Dagenham victory.

At the other end, however, Morecambe haven’t kept a clean sheet on their travels since a draw with Aldershot in September – a run of 12 matches – and, at the other end, they will be relying on veteran forward Kevin Ellison to grab the goals.

The Shrimps leading scorer on ten, he is followed in the striking charts by Jack Redshaw with eight.

Richard Brodie, who has gone on loan to Blue Square Bet Premier side Grimsby Town, is third on the list with six.

With Morecambe having not visited York for more than five-and-a-half years, when the two teams battled out a 0-0 in the Conference semi-final play-off first leg in April 2007, Bentley says the confidence they gained from their Dagenham exploits, combined with the memories of that battling display at Bootham Crescent, could see them through.

“Every member of the team gave their all to get something from that game and that is what we will be looking for again on Saturday,” he said.

“York have drawn a lot of games this season and that tells me they are a very solid team who are hard to beat.

“They have done well since being promoted and we know full well that we have another difficult game ahead of us, but we can certainly take confidence from last Saturday.”

Bentley is unlikely to be able to call on midfielder Andy Fleming and left-back Robbie Threlfall, while Danny Carlton is a long-term casualty having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier in the campaign.

Morecambe: (possible) Roche, Haining, Fenton, McCready, Wright, Drummond, McDonald, Williams, Ellison, Redshaw, Holroyd.

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12:22pm Fri 1 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

nice words coming from Morecambe, music to my ears after the rubbish that used to be spouted by McIlroy.
fair play to them, they've done comfortably in L2 since they went up and at the time showed that good old fashioned players who were all above 6ft and weighed 15st plus could get a team promoted. the conference is a lot different now from just 5 years ago, as we have seen.
nice words coming from Morecambe, music to my ears after the rubbish that used to be spouted by McIlroy. fair play to them, they've done comfortably in L2 since they went up and at the time showed that good old fashioned players who were all above 6ft and weighed 15st plus could get a team promoted. the conference is a lot different now from just 5 years ago, as we have seen. rogue84
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1:20pm Fri 1 Feb 13

RooBeck says...

The first-leg at BC in 2007 was a close match, but we had chances to have taken at least a one goal lead into the away leg. We are still not making the most of the chances that come our way and we have to be far more ruthless and incisive in front of goal!! COYR.
The first-leg at BC in 2007 was a close match, but we had chances to have taken at least a one goal lead into the away leg. We are still not making the most of the chances that come our way and we have to be far more ruthless and incisive in front of goal!! COYR. RooBeck
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2:45pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Tug job says...

rogue84 wrote:
nice words coming from Morecambe, music to my ears after the rubbish that used to be spouted by McIlroy. fair play to them, they've done comfortably in L2 since they went up and at the time showed that good old fashioned players who were all above 6ft and weighed 15st plus could get a team promoted. the conference is a lot different now from just 5 years ago, as we have seen.
But were those players "worth their weight" in gold?
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: nice words coming from Morecambe, music to my ears after the rubbish that used to be spouted by McIlroy. fair play to them, they've done comfortably in L2 since they went up and at the time showed that good old fashioned players who were all above 6ft and weighed 15st plus could get a team promoted. the conference is a lot different now from just 5 years ago, as we have seen.[/p][/quote]But were those players "worth their weight" in gold? Tug job
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4:36pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Phil, Leeds says...

Great chance to get 3 points tomorrow, we should be too good for them and as long as we convert the inevitable chances that we'll create it should be comfortable. Got a feeling Jason Walker might grab a goal! Would like to see McDaid get some opportunity off the bench.
Great chance to get 3 points tomorrow, we should be too good for them and as long as we convert the inevitable chances that we'll create it should be comfortable. Got a feeling Jason Walker might grab a goal! Would like to see McDaid get some opportunity off the bench. Phil, Leeds
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12:36am Sat 2 Feb 13

GreenshawGrinder says...

Hope we get three points tomorrow, but how many times have we said that this season? Could end up with another massive point though!
A comfortable home win, seems like a distant memory!
Hope we get three points tomorrow, but how many times have we said that this season? Could end up with another massive point though! A comfortable home win, seems like a distant memory! GreenshawGrinder
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