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In Opposition: Morecambe

Steve Ball's side back at home for final game before Christmas

17 December 2020

The U's will look to get back to winning ways against an in form Morecambe side who have been steadily climbing their way back up the table.

Manager - Derek Adams

Top Scorer(s) - Adam Phillips (7)

Last Result - Morecambe 2-1 Leyton Orient 15/12/2020

Morecambe started off the season in strong fashion, sitting top of the pile after five games, where they had picked up twelve points. But in the following ten games, they had picked up just ten points, dropping them down to eleventh place in Sky Bet League Two. 

They have picked up a bit of form of late, taking two wins in a row, with victories against Harrogate and Leyton Orient, who themselves had climbed into the play-off places. 

The Shrimps currently sit eighth in the league, behind the U's on goal difference after taking a few heavy defeats this season against the likes of Cambridge United and Crawley Town. 

Derek Adams' side have been working their way up the table though and come to the JobServe Community Stadium in what will be a really important game for both sides. 

And speaking after their most recenet victory, Adams was happy with his side's performance and the three points. 


"It was a great win. They made us work really hard but we stayed in the game and showed great spirit to fight back." - Derek Adams

"We started to create chances towards the end of the first half and produced some good moves but couldn’t get back in the game before the break. 

"We carried that on in the second half. We were a threat and we created some good chances and got the equaliser from a goalmouth scramble and then got the winner with a really well worked goal with another good move involving Adam Phillips and Carlos."

The Shrimps like to play in a similar formation to the U's, adopting a 4-2-3-1 shape, with Stockton leading the line up front. He is supported by Aaron Wildig and John O'Sullivan with top scorer Adam Phillips sitting just behind the attacking players. 

At the back, the U's will be familiar with 'keeper Mark Halstead who frustrated Colchester United on their travels last season. Pulling off a number of good saves, he conceded one goal with Morecambe grabbing an eqauliser in the second half. 

The U's will want to get back to winning ways, after they slipped to a narrow defeat at Cambridge on Tuesday night. Despite that loss, they remain in the play-off places and will be looking to put on a good show for the U's fans in attendance at the JCS on Saturday afternoon. 

Three-match permits are still available for this weekend's game against Morecambe. CLICK HERE to get your permit for all the U's festive games.

If you are unable to get to the game, you can watch the U's live on iFollow with a £10 match pass. CLICK HERE to get yours. 

Programmes are available to purchase direct from the printers for this weekend's game. CLICK HERE to get yours. 

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