Morecambe will aim to finish their season on a high against Bury at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
Having taken over in December, the former Barnsley boss has steadied the ship at the JD Stadium. Arrived with The Shakers struggling towards the bottom of League 2 but an upturn in fortunes in 2014 has seen them move clear of danger and be amongst a clutch of sides hoping to make a late run at the play-offs. A top seven finish hasn’t materialised but the former Bury player looks to be steering them to a brighter future.
The 20-year-old striker on loan from Everton has made quite an impression at the JD Stadium. Scored his first senior hat-trick in the 4-4 draw with Portsmouth on Saturday to take his tally to five in seven appearances for The Shakers. The fine run of form has Flitcroft hoping to bring the highly-rated youngster back next season but Hope appears to have the quality to move up the Football League if Roberto Martinez elects to let him go out on loan again.
The 2-1 defeat at York on Easter Monday ended a run of seven games without defeat that had given The Shakers an outside chance of the play-offs. Drew 4-4 at home to Portsmouth on Saturday with Hope enhancing his growing reputation.
The sides have met 10 times since the Shrimps reached the Football League in 2007 and it’s even Stevens with four wins apiece and two draws. The Shrimps won 2-0 at the JD Stadium back in October thanks to goals from Ryan Williams and Tony Diagne. It was a victory that at that point moved Morecambe up to fourth in League 2.
Jensen, Jones, Hussey, Sedgwick, McNulty, Mills, Soares, Tutte, Hope, Platt, Mayor.