Morecambe players are out to create history this season

Derek Adams has outlined an extra ambition as Morecambe return to action against Newport County AFC tomorrow.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 8:00 am

The match at the Mazuma Stadium sees the fifth-placed Shrimps welcome a Newport side sitting sixth in League Two.

Both teams harbour genuine promotion hopes from a division that remains increasingly tight with only nine points separating the top nine.

The closely-fought nature of the division means it is not easy to predict the points tally required for promotion.

Morecambe drew at Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night

However, Adams outlined one particular target with Morecambe’s class of 2009/10 very much in his sights.

He said: “We have a target we want to get to, which is the most points there’s ever been in Morecambe’s history as a Football League club.

“We have to get to 74 points to beat Sammy McIlroy’s team, so that’s what we want to try and achieve.

“We will need to do that to be in and around the top three.”

With a dozen games left in their season, the Shrimps have 56 points – a tally they have only bettered five times in their previous 13 EFL seasons.

It leaves them three points behind leaders Cheltenham Town and two ahead of tomorrow’s visitors.

Both sides go into the game with 10 points from the last 15, Morecambe having drawn 2-2 at Forest Green Rovers in midweek, with Newport seeing off Bradford City.

“It’s another good game for us,” Adams said of Newport’s visit.

“We know what we have to do. They will play 3-5-2, we know the personnel they have and they got a very good win the other night.”

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