Morecambe v Rochdale preview

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After two defeats in a row Morecambe take a break from the league and host Rochdale in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.


John Coleman. The former Shrimps goalscoring great was undefeated against Morecambe as Accrington Stanley boss. Coleman was the third longest serving manager in England when he left the Crown Ground for Rochdale in January.

One to watch

Bobby Grant. Striker played under Coleman at Accrington Stanley and joined Dale in the summer. Has six goals to his name so far this season.


Shrimps beat Rochdale for the first time earlier this month, winning 2-1 at Spotland thanks to a brace from Jack Redshaw against his former club. Jim Bentley’s side had drawn four and lost two of the previous six League Two meetings between the two teams.


Dale had been better on their travels than at Spotland before 2-0 win over Oxford last Tuesday and goalless draw at home to Fleetwood on Saturday. Currently ninth in League 2 one point outside the play-offs.

Possible line-up

Lillis, Bennett, R Edwards, P Edwards, McIntyre, Cavanagh, Kennedy, Tutte, Donnelly, Grimes, Grant