Morecambe captain: We’ve got to make sure we’re in the mix

Morecambe captain Josh Dixon.
Morecambe captain Josh Dixon.
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Morecambe captain Josh Dixon has encouraged his side to keep their heads down after they returned to the top of the Northern Premier League.

Victory over St Annes on Saturday took the Woodhill Lane men back to the summit of the division ahead of hosting Chorley this weekend, the first of nine games left to go this season.

Dixon said: “It’s fantastic.

“We got knocked off last week by Fleetwood and it was really important we took advantage of them not playing.

“We did just that and it was great to see the lads respond in the way they did. We just need to keep going and make sure we’re in the mix in the closing weeks of the season.”

The five-wicket win at Vernon Road was largely down 92 not out from Lewis Edge who in partnership with Phil Dennison got Morecambe over the line when victory had looking almost impossible at one point.

Dixon said: “When you’re struggling at 44-5 it’s going to take something special to get you over the line and Lewis Edge has always been capable of that.

“When he’s in full flight it’s like having another professional in the side.

“He hit it to all parts and it was a joy to watch.”

Morecambe host Chorley this Saturday with the visitors, currently fifth in the table, still having an outside chance of lifting the title themselves.

Dixon said: “They’re all tough games.

“They got bowled out for 39 at Blackpool on Saturday which was a bit of a freak talking to (former Morecambe professional) Kelly Smuts, who played for Blackpool again on Saturday.

“They are one of those teams who don’t have any superstars or stand out players but have stuck together.

“It’s going to be tough because they’ve still got a chance of winning the title.”