The Opposition: Wycombe v Morecambe

Garry Thompson. Picture: David Cornwell
Garry Thompson. Picture: David Cornwell

Morecambe travel to promotion-chasing Wycombe on Saturday looking to start 2016 on a high.

Manager

Gareth Ainsworth

Now 42, the former Preston and Queens Park Rangers winger has impressed since taking over at Adams Park. After narrowly avoiding relegation in his first season in charge Ainsworth masterminded a promotion push last season that saw the Chairboys lose out on penalties in the play-off final to Southend. Hoping to go one better this time around and are going the right way about it.

Key Man

Garry Thompson

A man who needs no introduction to Morecambe fans, The Shrimps Wembley winner shows no sign of slowing down at 35 with seven League 2 goals to his name so far this season. Kendal-born winger joined from Notts County in the summer having starred for both Scunthorpe and Bradford City after coming through the ranks with Morecambe.

Form

Ainsworth’s men moved up to fifth in League 2 on Monday with their third win in a row, a routine 2-0 victory at home to Crawley Town. Max Kretzschmar and Mark Wood scored at either end of the game to ensure the Chairboys’ impressive run went on after wins over Luton and Oxford.

History

The Shrimps have a poor record against Wycombe having won just one of 13 meetings between the sides across six League 2 seasons. The solitary victory came 1-0 in last season’s corresponding victory in April, with Paul Mullin scoring the only goal of the game to hit Wycombe’s automatic play-off hopes. The scoreline was reversed in the game between the sides at the Globe Arena in August with Aaron Pierre on target.

Possible line-up

Ingram, McCarthy, Stewart, Pierre, Jombati, Harriman, McGinn, O’Nien, Wood, Hayes, Thompson.

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