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Match Preview - Morecambe v Rovers

27 January 2023

A trip to the Mazuma Stadium awaits the Gas...

Rovers make the 213-mile trip up north to face Morecambe on Saturday afternoon. Rovers drew 2-2 with the Shrimps at The Mem earlier in the season. New signings Ellery Balcombe, Jarell Quansah and Grant Ward could all make their Rovers debuts during this weekend's clash at the Mazuma Stadium.

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Shrimps defender Jacob Bedeau has said he expects a tough test against the Gas on Saturday afternoon.

“We’ve got to think this is our fortress and we can beat anyone here. They’re a good team, they’ve got really good players so it’s going to be a tough one, but we’d like to think at home, that’s where we’re going to make it count.

"They've got a good team spirit, I know one of the players... and he said they were really pulling together.

"They've had a good season, their first season back in League One, so they're going to be a tough test, but we have to come through these tests to stay in this league, and that's what we want to do."


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Morecambe: LWWWLL

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Will Finnie is the referee for Saturday's clash with Morecambe. This season, Finnie has taken charge of eight Sky Bet League One games. In those eight games, Finnie has produced 27 yellow cards and is yet to show a red card this season. 


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EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 5/4 for the win. A 2-0 scoreline in favour of the Gas can be backed at 10/1. On the goalscorer markets, Aaron Collins is priced at 11/2 to open the scoring at The Mazuma Stadium whilst Antony Evans can be backed at 7/2 to score anytime throughout Saturday's clash. 

*Odds correct at the time of writing. Please bet responsibly. To bet with SkyBet, please click HERE.

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Match Report - Morecambe 5-1 Rovers

28 January 2023

A tough day at the office for Rovers.

Joey Barton made two changes from our last outing against Accrington Stanley. New signings Ellery Balcombe and Jarell Quansah made their Rovers debuts with James Belshaw and Luke McCormick named on the substitutes bench alongside January signing Grant Ward.

The start of the game created few clear-cut chances at goal. Morecambe’s Jensen Weir hit an effort from around 20-yards-out which proved to be no trouble for debutant Balcombe who watched on as the ball sailed over his bar.

Cole Stockton was well picked out with a long ball over the top of the Rovers defence. The striker controlled the ball with his chest and looked to hit his effort back across Balcombe’s goal. Rovers were back in numbers however and were able to block Stockton’s effort and see the ball behind for a corner kick.

Morecambe had the ball in the net on the 20-minute mark. Daniel Crowley’s effort from range bounced just in front of Balcombe with the Rovers goalkeeper unable to keep out the strike.

Antony Evans had his bending effort palmed away by Connor Ripley as the Gas pushed for an equaliser before the half-time interval. James Connolly was shown the first yellow of the clash after pulling back Stockton as Morecambe looked to attack.

Crowley's curling cross was deflected goalwards by Mellon, but the woodwork came to Rovers' rescue. Moments later, James Gibbons won the ball on the halfway line and looked to play in Josh Coburn who was peeling away from his marker at the back post. The ball was partly cleared by Morecambe and fell to Aaron Collins who hit effort on the half volley and which Ripley was able to tip onto the bar.

Liam Gibson was shown a yellow card just before the half-time interval after an over-the-ball challenge on Antony Evans.

Morecambe doubled their lead minutes after the restart. A free kick was swung into the Rovers box where Michael Mellon was on hand to bundle the ball past Balcombe.

It was three not long after. Donald Love put his laces through the ball, after neat play on the right-hand side of the pitch, and his shot flew past Balcombe and into the far side of the net.

The Shrimps had their fourth on the hour mark. Crowley found Stockton with a through pass and the Morecambe no.9 struck the ball with the outside of his boot past Balcombe and into the net.

Rovers were awarded a penalty kick after Josh Coburn was brought to the ground inside the Morecambe box. Scott Sinclair stepped up for Rovers and saw his spot-kick saved by Ripley to preserve his clean sheet.

The hosts had their fifth of the game in the 87th minute. Substitute Adam Mayor cut in from the left and past Quansah before firing a powerful effort past Balcombe.

Rovers had themselves on the scoresheet as we approached full-time. Aaron Collins finished past Ripley from 15 yards out to give the traveling Gasheads something to cheer about.

Next up for Rovers is the visit of MK Dons to BS7 on Saturday, 4th February (3pm).

Morecambe: Connor Ripley, Donald Love (c), Liam Gibson, Farrend Rawson, Daniel Crowley, Cole Stockton, Michael Mellon, Jensen Weir, Jacob Bedeau, Liam Shaw, Dynel Simeu.

Subs: Adam Smith, Ryan Delaney, Ash Hunter, Arthur Gnahoua, Jon Obika, Ryan Cooney, Adam Mayor

Rovers: Ellery Balcombe, James Connolly, Jarell Quansah, Sam Finley, Scott Sinclair, Aaron Collins, Paul Coutts (c), Antony Evans, James Gibbons, Luca Hoole, Josh Coburn.

Subs: James Belshaw, Grant Ward, John Marquis, Ryan Loft, Harry Anderson, Luke McCormick, Glenn Whelan.

Referee: Will Finnie

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Ticket Information - Morecambe

3 January 2023

Ticket information ahead of our visit to the Mazuma Stadium in late January.

Rovers face off against Morecambe in the SkyBet League One on Saturday, 28th January 2023 (kick-off 3pm). 

The club has received 1,200 (600 seated and 600 standing) tickets for this fixture, which will be All-TICKET with no sales on the day of the match.

The club would like to remind fans that tickets ARE NOT available to purchase from the club shop on matchdays.

Online ticket sales will open to 2022/2023 Season Ticket holders, sponsors and Share Scheme members from 10am on Monday, 9th January. Please be aware, Season Ticket holders, sponsors and Share Scheme members are only permitted to purchase one ticket per membership.

Members (Club and Gold members, Helpline and Supporters Club members) will be able to purchase tickets online from 10am on Wednesday, 11th January. Please note, members are only able to purchase one ticket per membership.

Subject to availability, general sale tickets will then be available online and in-store from 10am on Friday, 12th January.

Disabled and ambulant disabled are entitled to one complimentary carer ticket. All carer tickets for wheelchair bays are clearly marked on the ticket.

Ticket prices can be found below:

Ticket Type (Seated Beyond Radio A, entry turnstiles 3 & 4.) Price
Adult £25
65+ £20
Young Adult (18-22) £15
Junior (14-17) £7
Child (Under 14) £5


Ticket Type (Dennison Trailers Terrace, entry turnstiles 5-8.) Price
Adult £20
65+ £15
Young Adult (18-22) £10
Junior (14-17 £5
Child (Under 14) £3

Please note that all under 14’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18).

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