Sunday, September 11, 2005

Preview: Morecambe Yet To Beat Fancied Team

Morecambe travel to Edgar Street five places, but only two points, ahead of the Bulls. Last season Micheal Twiss did all the damage, scoring all of Morecambe's goals against Hereford. The teams drew at Edgar Street 1-1 last season, with a Tamika Mkandawire equaliser, while Morecambe won the return fixture 2-1 less than three weeks later, with Danny Williams scoring the opener. In the 16 Conference encounters so far the Shrimps have the edge with six wins and six draws, the Bulls notching just four wins - the last coming in August 2003 with a convincing 3-0 scoreline.

The Bulls will hope for better news from the treatment table over the course of this week. Injuries to four strikers left Graham Turner with just one recognised striker finishing Saturday's match. Adam Stansfield injured his groin in training on Friday, and early reports suggest that he could be sidelined for a couple of weeks. Guy Ipoua hasn't featured in the last three matches due to a Hamstring injury, with the Bulls scoring just once in his absence, but is hopeful of returning this week. Graham Evans was substituted at half time on Saturday partly for tactical reasons, but he had also picked up an injury, and Andy Williams was named on the bench to make the numbers up but was also carrying an injury. Ryan Green sits out the final match of his suspension, and Simon Travis edges closer to fitness but is still two weeks away from match readiness. Turner will be bouyed by the commanding performance of Jamie Pitman for his seasonal debut on Saturday which helped inspire a dominating second half display.

Last weeks team: Brown, Jeannin, Purdie, James, Beckwith, Blewitt, Ferrell, Stanley, Brady, Evans, Carey-Bertram

Morecambe, with four clean sheets so far this season, travel to Edgar Street to face a Bulls side who haven't conceded a goal for three matches.The Shrimps, who have always been a side that promises so much but have failed so far to make the final step up, have so far only faced one of the pre-season favourites, losing 2-0 at Exeter three weeks ago. They have despatched the bottom two in recent weeks - beating Crawley 3-0, and demolishing an Aldershot side in disarray 5-2 this past weekend. Whilst their home form is good, with three wins and a draw in four matches, their only points away from home came from a single goal victory at Scarboro three days after the Bulls put four past the same opposition.

Last weeks team: Robinson, Blackburn, Kempson, Bentley, Howard, Thompson, Hunter, Perkins, Curtis, Twiss, O'Connor