Shrimps season preview: Fans’ hopes and dreams ahead of new season

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In our Terrace View section Morecambe fans Paul Carter and Dave Freear share their views ahead of the new season.

Paul Carter

Well what a great summer of sport we have had.

The stunning footballing feast that was the World Cup, Lewis Hamilton winning the British Grand Prix, Rory Mcllroy winning The Open and then the stunning Commonwealth Games.

But let’s be honest, it’s all only been a stop-gap as we waited for the return of the Shrimps and the 2014-15 football season.

So what are my hopes, expectations and dreams for the season? Let’s break it down competition by competition.

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy - Hope to get a home tie in the first round but expect to lose on penalties. Dream of a trip to Wembley.

Capital One Cup - Hope we put up a good early season display against Bradford, expect us to beat them and get another giant killing TV tie in the second round. Dream of a trip to Wembley.

FA Cup - Hope we get a couple of non-league teams in first and second rounds and then a plum tie away at a Premier League team in third. Expect us to get a League 2 side and it will feel like a league game with no cup magic. Dream of a trip to Wembley.

League 2 - Hope for a consistent season, safe by Christmas then push on for a play-off place. However expect another tough season in the middle of the table and safe by Easter. And by the way, can we also break the Accrington jinx too?

Dave Freear

Here we go again with what promises to be a another roller-coaster season.

With new signings and some old faces returning to strengthen what admittedly was a thin squad last year, can the Shrimps improve on last season’s finish? Hopefully yes.

Capturing Devitt, Edwards and Beeley and resigning Laurence Wilson has provided us with four quality players at this level.

However we did concede goals far too easily and too often last season, leaving us chasing games we needn’t have been.

To this end Alan Goodall has been signed from Fleetwood, a no nonsense defensive midfielder who uses the ball well, his job will be to protect the back line and shore up what was at times a sieve like defence.

Up top we have the novelty, as we go to press, of a fit Redshaw, Sampson and Amond for the goals but the key for me is keeping Andy Fleming fit and willing all season.

He is the right age now to start asserting his authority on the midfield at this level, something he has done in fits and starts in he past.

Now is the time for him to be the fulcrum of the Shrimps creativity and chip in with a few goals from midfield.

Who knows where will finish, but the worst tipster in the world, me, thinks we could surprise a few big sides as this still relatively young side develops.