Morecambe ‘keeper Roche “sick” of Accrington woes

Barry Roche.
Barry Roche.

Morecambe stopper Barry Roche is “sick to death” of the Shrimps’ dreadful run against rivals Accrington Stanley.

The Shrimps have not beaten Stanley since a 2-1 win in the Conference in 2005, and the Irishman says that has to change tonight, Tuesday, when Morecambe are the visitors to the Crown Ground.

He said: “We’re certainly hoping for a better result.

“We haven’t played well against them in the last few years so we’re absolutely desperate to get one over on them. I’m sick to death of it.

“I think we’ve only got two points against them during my time at the club.”

The Shrimps go into the game having reached their initial points target of 50, the 2-0 win at Barnet on Saturday all but ensuring Football League survival for another year.

Roche said: “That was our first target. But everyone knows we feel we should be on quite a few more points. We’ve had opportunities to get more points on the board.

“It was another good win away. Once we got the goal there was only going to be one winner.”

Roche also lauded the contribution of young front pair Jordan Burrow and Jack Redshaw, with Redshaw bagging his first Football League goal on his full Shrimps debut at Underhill.

He said: “The gaffer gave them a chance perhaps earlier than most people were expecting but the young lads have been absolutely magnificent.

“Both boys have put in a great effort on the training ground and Jack got his just rewards on Saturday with a really well-taken goal.”

Full report, pictures and reaction from Saturday’s game in this week’s Visitor.