Parrish enjoying more central role

Andy Parrish in action against Northampton. Picture: Sharon Lucey
Andy Parrish in action against Northampton. Picture: Sharon Lucey
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Andy Parrish is enjoying life at the heart of Morecambe’s defence.

The 25-year-old has spent the majority of his Shrimps career at right back but has found himself lining up alongside captain Mark Hughes more often that not this campaign.

He said: “I think it comes naturally to me playing at centre half.

“Obviously I’ll play wherever the gaffer wants me to play.

“But I’m enjoying it there and I think me and Hughesy are complementing each other well at centre half.

“We’ve linked up well, we know each other’s game so I think it’s working out quite well.”

It is a partnership that has helped the Shrimps to a six-match unbeaten run, the latest of which came with a battling point at Northampton last Saturday.

Parrish said: “It was always going to be a difficult place to go.

“We’d had a look at them on video during the week and they’re a very physical team, very direct.

“We were happy with the point. We could have nicked it, Hughesy had the chance cleared off the line but we’d always take a point there and it keeps our run going.

“Me and the lads at the back were pleased with the clean sheet and big Baz (Barry Roche) was pleased as well and that’s all we can really do as a defence.”

The Shrimps defence will be looking for a repeat performance when league leaders Chesterfield visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Parrish said: “It’s a great time to play them.

“We did have a bit of a slow start in the first few games but we’ve turned that round and we’re on a good run.

“We knew if we picked up at least a point at the weekend we could come into this game feeling very positive.

“There’s no pressure on us, they’re at the top of the league and they’re a big club but we’ve got to show what we can do and show why we’ve been so successful on this unbeaten run.”