Mark Bonner’s ben will be looking to bounce back on Saturday (9th April) following Tuesday night’s defeat against Wycombe…
The Chairboys moved back into play-off contention after beating United at the Abbey through the week, despite Harvey Knibbs scoring his 8th goal of the season after coming on as a second half substitute.
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United welcome the Shrimps back to the Abbey for the first time in a year on Saturday, with Derek Adams’ men making the 460-mile round trip to Cambridgeshire looking to secure a win that would keep Morecambe heads above the bottom four.
Having not picked up a win since the 22nd of January, Adams’ side returned to winning ways in League One last weekend, with Adam Phillips, Cole Stockton and Arthur Gnahoua all on target as the Shrimps eased past the ten-men of Burton Albion.
The week got even better for Adams and his men just four days later when Cole Stockton and Aaron Wildig struck to seal a comeback win over promotion chasing Oxford at the Mazuma Stadium on Tuesday night, a result that lifted the Shrimps outside the bottom four for the first time since the turn of the year.
Cambridge United form: LLWWL
Morecambe form: LLLWW
How the U’s go into Saturday’s clash:
Sam Vokes’ brace, coupled with goals from Josh Scowen and Garath McCleary condemned the U’s to a 4-1 defeat at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday, with Harvey Knibbs scoring his 8th of the season in what proved to be just a consolation after coming on as a second half substitute.
Mark Bonner’s men had gone into Tuesday night’s clash having beaten both Wimbledon and Ipswich to all but secure their safety in League One.
Assistant head coach Gary Waddock confirmed that United would again make changes to the side as they begin planning for next season in League One.
Shilow Tracey and Liam O’Neil will again be assessed after missing out on Tuesday night’s game at the Abbey.
Also in action around the division:
Cheltenham Town vs Portsmouth
Fleetwood Town vs Accrington Stanley
Gillingham vs Wycombe Wanderers
Lincoln City vs Wigan Athletic
Oxford United vs Sunderland
Shrewsbury Town vs Ipswich Town
Bolton Wanderers vs Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United vs Charlton Athletic
Doncaster Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra
AFC Wimbledon vs MK Dons
Burton Albion vs Plymouth Argyle
Down Memory Lane:
Paul Mullin’s brace, either side of Liam Gibson’s red card secured the win when the Shrimps were last in action at the Abbey Stadium last April, with Mark Bonner’s side consolidating their position at the summit of League Two, ending Good Friday sitting seven points clear of 4th placed Tranmere.
U’s fans wouldn’t have to hard pressed to remember memorable previous clashes against Tuesday’s hosts – with Cambridge United boasting impressive 5-0 and 7-0 wins over Morecambe within the past six years.
A Paul Mullin hat-trick, coupled with goals from Wes Hoolahan and Adam May inflicted Morecambe to a 5-0 defeat at the Mazuma Stadium last season en-route to the U’s eventual League Two promotion.
November’s clash at the Mazuma Stadium saw United take the edge when it comes to head-to-head results, as Ben Worman’s screamer and Joe Ironside’s penalty sealed a 2-0 win on the night, and in turn saw United secure their seventh win over the Shrimps, one more than their League One counterparts hold over the U’s.
Cambridge United wins: 7
Morecambe wins: 6
Carl Boyeson will referee Saturday afternoon’s game at the Abbey, having previously overseen Exeter City’s 2-1 win over Stevenage in League Two a fortnight ago.
It will be the first time since the U’s 1-0 win against Tottenham U23’s in the Papa John’s Trophy group stages earlier this season that Boyeson has taken charge of one of United’s games.
Boyeson will be joined by assistants Conor Farrell and Gareth Viccars ahead of Saturday’s clash, with Darren Blunden being appointed as the game’s fourth official.
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