A look at tomorrow's opponents
Bristol Rovers travel north to visit Morecambe’s Globe Area this weekend looking to build on their recent improved form.
The Lancashire team are without a win at home since their amazing comeback to beat Chesterfield 4-3 on October 5.
Jim Bentley’s team have accumulated 29 points so far and sit on 10th place in the table. On Saturday the Shrimps lost out on a chance of advancing after going down to a late Troy Brown goal at home to Cheltenham Town.
The best chance of the game for the home team fell to Stewart Drummond when he looked sure to score from Padraig Amond’s right wing cross but failed to find the target from close range.
The midfielder was made to pay for the miss when Cheltenham stole the points 10 minutes from time when Richards’ free-kick was headed back across the Morecambe goal and Brown was in the right place to force the ball over the line from close range.
Two seasons ago in their first visit to the Globe Arena Rovers secured a 3-2 victory. Cian Bolger gave Rovers the lead on 27 minutes. Then 12 minutes into the second half the Shrimps hit two quick goals from Jason Price and Kevin Ellison. Scott McGleish almost immediately pulled the scores level before Joe Anyinsah won the game for the Gas on 72 minutes.
Then last year the points were shared. Rovers were rocked by a goal from the home side with little over a minute on the clock. When Tom Parkes lost possession, the loose ball fell kindly to Jack Redshaw, who hit a superb shot past Steve Mildenhall from just outside the area.
The start of the second half was equally dramatic as within three minutes Lee Brown swung in a cross from the left and Eliot Richards rose to glance the ball into the net from six yards. That was how the game stayed.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said, “Look at the size of Bristol Rovers compared to us. They’re a big club and I’m sure they’d swap places with us at the moment. Before the start of the season we were the favourites to go down. I think we’re in a fantastic position with 29 points so far.
“We’ll make sure that we do out homework on them and whatever team goes over that white line will give it their all. Hopefully we can take one of those chances coming our way.”
Speaking about Rovers Cup exploits he noted, “They drew in the cup on Saturday so will have a replay right after they play us. Whether it’s a good or a bad time to be playing them we can’t be too concerned with that.
“Bristol Rovers are a big club with some good players. They’re down there at the minute and scrapping to get further up the table but we’ll certainly give our all and come out fighting again. We’ve got to put the gum shield back in and get up off the floor and go again.”
Talking of recent performances he said, “I talk about fine dividing lines. If Mansfield scored their penalty a couple of weeks ago I don’t think we win the game. But we save it and go up the other end and score with five minutes to go to win 2-1.
“On the flipside on Saturday we had the best chance of the game, although they’ve probably been on top, and could have come in 1-0 winners and got out of jail a little bit. But that’s what football’s about, your swings and roundabouts and your ups and downs.”
“They are key moments in games. Drummy’s (Stewart Drummond) was a massive opportunity for us to score and get something out of the game. But we haven’t taken it and invited the ball into the area and conceded.”
Written by Gerry Prewett.