Up Next: Exeter City v Morecambe

Kevin Ellison scores his and Morecambe's second against Exeter earlier in the season.
Kevin Ellison scores his and Morecambe's second against Exeter earlier in the season.

Morecambe travel to Exeter City on Saturday.

Manager

Paul Tisdale. Known as perhaps the best-dressed manager in the Football League, cravat-wearing boss is a legend at the other St James Park. Has been in charge since 2006, taking the Grecians to League 1 at one point, making him the second longest serving manager in English football behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.

Key man

Alan Gow. The 31-year-old Scot brings much-needed experience and guile to Exeter. Well-travelled striker or attacking midfielder is his side’s top scorer so far this season with seven goals in all competitions. Player who has turned out for the likes of Falkirk, Motherwell and Notts County is a class act at League 2 level.

Form

Currently 13th in League 2 five points behind the Shrimps, the Grecians have struggled to string results together throughout the season. Have lost their last two, playing well against Mansfield somehow losing 1-0 at home before a 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers last time out thanks to a goal in the last minute of stoppage time from John-Joe O’Toole. Last victory came with a 3-1 triumph at Torquay on December 29, Gow making sure of the win with a goal five minutes from time.

History

Kevin Ellison’s brace handed the Shrimps a 2-0 victory over the Grecians at the Globe Arena back in August. In total, Morecambe have won just three of the 14 meetings between the sides. The most famous and important of those however was of course the Shrimps’ 2-1 victory in the 2007 Conference play-off final at Wembley to secure promotion to the Football League for the first time.

Possible line-up

Krysiak, Butterfield, Moore-Taylor, Coles, Baldwin, Bennett, Wheeler, Sercombe, Nichols, Grimes, Gow.