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MATCH PREVIEW: Morecambe

10 April 2018

The Spireites head to Morecambe this evening (7.45pm), for another crucial Sky Bet League Two fixture. Here's our big match preview...

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the Globe Arena. Please note that cash payments are required at the turnstiles while debit/credit card transactions can be made at the ticket office. Tickets are priced as follows:

Adult: £21

Concession: £17 (senior citizens)

Under 22: £15

Student with valid NUS card: £15

Under 18: £6

Team News

Chesterfield remain without Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry. Ian Evatt will travel with the squad to the Globe Arena but is still not quite fit enough to make a return.

Morecambe will be boosted by the return to fitness of defender Max Müller from a back injury while goalkeeper Barry Roche may also play, having recently suffered from a calf problem.

The opposition

Manager – Jim Bentley

Bentley has been in charge of the Shrimps for nearly seven years, having previously played for them for nine seasons.

He has now racked up over 350 games in the dugout and only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Exeter’s Paul Tisdale have spent more time in their respective roles throughout the entire English football league.

In October, Bentley and his assistant Ken McKenna both signed new contracts to remain at the club until 2020.

One to watch – Kevin Ellison

Ellison may now be 39-years-old, but he is having another impressive season for the Shrimps and showing little sign of slowing down.

He is the club’s top scorer across all competitions so far this term with 10 goals and remains a key figure in dressing room.

The former Rotherham United, Hull City and Leicester City forward has been at the Globe Arena for seven years and has made 312 appearances during his time there.

Head to Head

Tonight’s clash is the 15th time the two sides have met, with Morecambe currently having the edge over the Spireites.

Chesterfield – 2 (wins)

Draws – 6

Morecambe – 6 (wins)

Morecambe ran out 2-0 winners when they travelled to the Proact Stadium in October, with forward Adam McGurk grabbing both goals.

From the dugout

On the back of last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Grimsby, Spireites boss Jack Lester is determined for his side to put things right against Morecambe.

He said: "A win there changes everything. It’s one we can go and compete in.

"We’ll have to match their energy and match their fight, then we’ll be trying to win the game. If we can win, it will be fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Shrimps manager Bentley is wary of the threat facing a team battling against relegation at this stage of the season can pose.

“This is a massive game for us and Chesterfield are very capable,” he told the club’s website. “They’ve had good results themselves against Swindon and Notts County recently.

“They play good football and are fighting for their lives so we’ll have to match their desire if we want to take points from the game.”

Can't get to the Globe Arena? Fear not, you can still follow all the action from the game.

Across matchday we'll have:

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds.

- Stats and reaction on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Fight Back to Earn Point

10 April 2018

Second-half goals from Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett ensured that Chesterfield left Morecambe with a point from a 2-2 draw, after being 2-0 down at half-time.

Dennis turned on a George Smith cross to score his 19th of the season ten minutes into the second half and the Spireites levelled with just over quarter of an hour remaining when Andy Kellett hooked in after an Aaron Ramsdale halfway line free kick bobbled about in the box for an age.

The Shrimps, themselves just above the bottom four at kick-off time, had taken the lead despite Chesterfield starting as the brighter side. Morecambe were awarded a free kick just outside the box, even though Alex Whitmore's tackle looked good. Alex Kenyon hit the free kick short to Michael Rose who broke down the left and crossed for Garry Thompson to bundle in at the far post with 16 minutes played.

Callum Lang (33) doubled the lead. Thompson took advantage of a defensive slip to feed Lang who slid the ball beyond Ramsdale in a one-on-one.

Both sides had chances to win in as the game opened up in the final phase, a Louis Dodds header which flew wide the Spireites' best chance to win it.

Jack Lester made two changes from the defeat at Grimsby, Laurence Maguire and Jak McCourt came in for Sid Nelson and Zavon Hines.

Morecambe were without ex-Spireite Barry Roche, who has an injured calf, but Adam McGurk, who'd scored six goals in six games against Chesterfield, was  in attack whilst experienced pair Thompson and Kevin Ellison were in midfield.

Right from the off, Chesterfield bossed possession but they were unable to find an on-target effort until Dodds forced a save on 52. With Kellett pulling plenty of strings, the visitors were in Morecambe territory time and again but didn't convert that momentum into gilt-edged chances as much as their play deserved.

The flow of the game changed at the break when Chris O'Grady and Smith came on for Robbie Weir and Bradley Barry and the Spireites were forced into another change soon after the restart when McCourt picked up a shoulder injury and Dodds came on.

With Chesterfield playing as a 4-2-4 after the changes, chances at both ends were inevitable and the Shrimps went close through Lang, McGurk, Dean Winnard and sub Gregg Wylde whilst Louis Reed hit high as the all-blue Spireites looked to nick it.

Plenty of first-half possession and plenty of second-half spirit will give the team some positivity ahead of the local derby at the weekend.

Morecambe: Nizic, McGowan, Kenyon, Old, Winnard, Thompson, Ellison, Conlon, Rose, McGurk, Lang.

Subs: Maher, Fleming, Oliver, Campbell, Wildig, Lavelle, Wylde.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Barry, Whitmore, Maguire, Talbot, Weir, McCourt, Brown, Reed, Kellett, Dennis.

Subs: Anyon, O'Grady, Rowley, Smith, Dodds, Nelson, Hines.

Ref: Martin Coy (Essex)

Bookings: Brown (Chesterfield), Kenyon, Thompson (Morecambe)

Attendance: 1,042 (206 from Chesterfield)

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Ticket News

Morecambe Ticket Update

8 February 2018

Tickets for Saturday's trip to Morecambe (3pm), will go off sale at the Proact ticket office and online at 11am tomorrow (Friday, Feburary 9).

Supporters are advised that tickets are able to be purchased on the day at the Globe Arena, with no price increase. The full list of prices is as follows: -

Category Price
Adult £21
Concession (65 and over) £17
Young Adult (18-22 & Students*) £15
Junior (U18) £6
Free Under 11* One free with paying adult / concession

*Each paying adult or concession can have one free U11 ticket, any additional children pay at the junior rate. Students must be in full time education. U14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Disabled supporters can pay at the concession rate or the relevant lower category. Carer tickets are free of charge.

True Blue Travel is also available for the trip to Lancashire, with adult tickets priced at £16 and juniors £9 (must be accompanied by an adult). The coach departs the Proact at 10.30am.

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