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PREVIEW: MORECAMBE

6 September 2018

Town make the trip to Morecambe still in search of their first away win of the season.

Phil Brown’s boys have picked up two draws and a loss on the road so far this campaign. However, they come up against a side that has struggled to score, or pick up points home or away so far this season.

Swindon haven’t been able to achieve maximum points in their last three games – coming out with honours even against Crawley Town, Forest Green and MK Dons.

The Oppo: Morecambe

It’s been a tough start to the 2018/19 season for Morecambe – they’ve lost six of their opening seven games in League Two.

They travelled to Crewe on opening day and were beaten heavily, losing the game 6-0. Since then, they’ve only scored three goals in the league with their only league win coming against Northampton.

They’ve failed to score in losses against Exeter, Stevenage, Oldham as well as their season-opening drubbing at Crewe.

They currently sit 22nd in the division above Macclesfield Town and Harry Kewell’s Notts County.

Head-to-Head

Town have never lost against Morecambe – in six games Swindon have won five with the only draw coming last season at home.

Last time we visited the Globe Arena, Donal McDermott curled an effort into the top corner in the 13th minute which won the game for the Robins.

In the reverse fixture at the Energy Check County Ground, Luke Norris levelled the scoring with a penalty after Callum Lang put the Shrimps ahead – the first time Swindon have failed to beat the Shrimps.

The first-ever meeting between the two came in 2006 in the FA Cup – Christian Roberts tucked away an 89th minute penalty to win the game 1-0 and send Town through to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.  

02 Dec 2006        Swindon Town v Morecambe     W            1-0          FA Cup

17 Dec 2011        Swindon Town v Morecambe     W            3-0          League Two

06 Apr 2012        Morecambe v Swindon Town      W            0-1          League Two

19 Aug 2017        Morecambe v Swindon Town      W            0-1          League Two

30 Mar 2018       Swindon Town v Morecambe     D             1-1          League Two

The Gaffer

James Bentley has been at Morecambe since 2002, totalling 16 years at the club. After playing for five years at Telford United, Bentley made the switch to the Lancashire club and spent the rest of his playing career with the Shrimps.

Bentley appeared for Morecambe 298 times, playing as a central defender. In 2011, he was appointed player-manager on a two-year contract but never picked himself to play and has, instead, concentrated on his managerial role.

Back in December 2016, Bentley was sent to the stands after reacting to a red card for Alex Kenyon against Cheltenham Town, and consequently received a £1,000 fine. At the next home game, fans raised the sum of the fine by passing buckets round as they beat Notts County 4-1.

Following the departure of Paul Tisdale from Exeter City in the summer, Bentley became the longest-serving manager in the top four tiers of English football.

Tickets

Tickets are available on the gate at the Globe Arena. COYR.


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