Morecambe go in search of their first ever Football League victory over Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
James Beattie. Former England striker arrived as player-coach in November 2012 before taking over from Leam Richardson last May. After a tricky start to his managerial career, the 35-year-old looks to be on course to guide Stanley clear of the League 2 trap door.
Lee Molyneux. A key man in the club’s fight against relegation last season, Molyneux has returned on a month’s loan from Crewe having left the Crown Ground to join the Alex in the summer. Has also spent a spell on loan at Rochdale earlier this season. Scored eight goals in 42 games last season. Another loan ranger, Kayode Odejayi, who is being borrowed from Rotherham, is another key figure while Shrimps fans will be familiar with former Globe Arena left back Laurence Wilson, who has returned to the Stanley line up in recent weeks.
Having taken until the end of October to pick up their first league win Accrington now sit six points above the League 2 drop zone. East Lancashire side continued a good run of form with a 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night thanks to Peter Murphy’s late, late goal.
Morecambe fans need no lesson on the history between Accrington Stanley and the Shrimps. Jim Bentley has endured a torrid time against Stanley as a player and manager with the Shrimps still without a Football League win over their Lancashire rivals – a run that now stretches to 13 games after Beattie’s side were 2-1 winners at the Globe Arena at the end of October. The Shrimps did win 2-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the Crown Ground last season but lost the league fixture by the same score on a frustrating Friday night. Will Saturday be the day the run finally ends?
Bettinelli, Hunt, Wilson, Joyce, Aldred, Winnard, Molyneux, Murphy, Bowerman, Odejayi, Mingoia.