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.