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The Factfile: Morecambe

7 February 2014

A look at Saturday's opponents

MORECAMBE: THE FACTFILE

LAST RESULT: Morecambe 2-2 Portsmouth, Sky Bet League 2, Saturday 25th January.


FORM (LAST TEN GAMES): Won: 3, Drawn: 3, Lost: 4


Morecambe have been 2014’s draw specialists, with three games ending all square since the turn of the year.

 

Their barren run of five games without victory has seen the Shrimps go from play-off contenders to relative mid-table obscurity, with their last win coming over Fleetwood Town on Boxing Day.


Morecambe will be hoping to complete this weekend’s fixture, having had last week’s clash at Accrington Stanley abandoned after 56 minutes.


THE GAFFER – JIM BENTLEY
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley is a well known figure at the Globe Arena, having been at the club since 2002 as a player before turning manager in 2011.


A no-nonsense central defender, Bentley made over 160 appearances for Telford United between 1997 and 2002, before moving to Morecambe when they were in the Conference, alongside the likes of Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers.


Bentley was instrumental in Morecambe’s promotion back to the Football League in 2007, playing 34 times as they were promoted via the play-offs.

 

Bentley continued to be a regular starter until retiring in 2011 to take up the managerial reins at the club.


HEAD TO HEAD:
Morecambe wins: 11
Draws: 2
Burton Albion wins: 7

 

LAST TIME WE MET:
Saturday 2nd November 2013, Sky Bet League 2, Pirelli Stadium.

Burton Albion 0-1 Morecambe

 

Albion’s three game winning run came to an end at home to Morecambe, as a solitary goal consigned them to defeat at the Pirelli Stadium.

 

Ryan Williams struck in the 34th minute to give the visitors the lead, and it was one they held onto as the Brewers couldn’t find a way through.

 

The day went from bad to worse for the hosts as defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff was sent off in the final minute for a second booking.


ONE TO WATCH – KEVIN ELLISON
With seven goals to his name this season, the evergreen Kevin Ellison will be Morecambe’s main man this Saturday.


A veteran of over 480 career appearances, Ellison has spent two and a half years at Morecambe, scoring 37 times in 111 games.


Before making the move to Morecambe, Ellison played for Altrincham, Leicester City, Stockport County, Lincoln City, Chester, Hull City, Tranmere Rovers, Rotherham United and Bradford City.


Ellison has always been highly rated throughout his career, with clubs spending £205,000 in transfer fees on him.


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