Morecambe v Northampton preview

Date published: Friday 21st March 2014 12:03

Andy Fleming will come back into Morecambe’s ranks as they look to bounce back from their midweek derby thrashing when they host Northampton.

The midfielder completed a two-match suspension as the Shrimps were thrashed 5-1 at Accrington, whom they have still not beaten when the two have been in the Football League.

Boss Jim Bentley revealed this week that midfielder Stewart Drummond could miss the rest of the season after fracturing his toe.

Andy Parrish will also be absent after suffering a slight tear in his cruciate, although Bentley is hopeful that he could be back within two weeks. Full-back Shaun Beeley is back in light training yet remains two weeks away from a return from his hamstring problem.

Northampton manager Chris Wilder could make changes for the game at Morecambe after a first defeat in seven matches in midweek.

That may mean a first start for former Real Madrid B forward Cristian Lopez, who has made two substitute appearances since joining on loan from Huddersfield.

Defender Joe Widdowson has missed the last six games with an ankle problem and could miss out once more, while captain Lee Collins (foot) will not feature again this season.

On-loan centre-back Zander Diamond suffered a pelvis injury in the 3-0 loss to Rochdale but is expected to play as the Cobblers aim to get back on track.

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Morecambe v Northampton preview

Date published: Monday 11th March 2013 7:35

Barry Roche must serve a one-match ban when the hosts look to return to winning ways in midweek.

The Shrimps’ recent impressive form was checked when struggling Barnet ran out 4-1 winners at Underhill on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Roche was sent off for a professional foul on Luke Gambin before Daniel Lopez dispatched his second goal of the game to make it 3-1 from 1-0 down.

Andreas Arestidou is once again set to deputise for Roche, as he did earlier in the season when his team-mate was struck down by back problems.

Andy Parrish remained out with the thigh injury that has sidelined him in recent weeks and the defender will be assessed once more ahead of the Cobllers’ visit.

The visitors have no new worries for Tuesday’s match.

Leading scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa was rested against Aldershot on Saturday, withdrawn from the starting line-up due to a minor hip problem that has hampered him recently.

The 17-goal striker was on the bench for the 2-0 home win, coming on as a substitute midway through the second half.

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd will decide on what the best course of action is regarding Akinfenwa for the game at the Globe Arena.

Chris Hackett is another important player who has been rested recently, but the midfielder marked his return to the starting XI with the opening goal against the Shots.

As well as Akinfenwa, Boothroyd has fellow forward Jake Robinson, midfielder Luke Guttridge and defenders John Johnson and Lee Collins available should he wish to make any changes to his team.

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Morecambe v Northampton preview

Date published: Friday 6th January 2012 10:48

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley will be without wideman Izak Reid for the visit of the Cobblers.

Reid is facing a month on the sidelines after suffering a hernia injury last weekend.

Forward Kevin Ellison made a goalscoring return from his troublesome back injury by netting the winner in Monday’s 1-0 triumph at Crewe – Morecambe’s first victory in nine attempts – and suffered no ill reaction.

The Gresty Road success came on the back of a 2-2 draw with Burton on New Year’s Eve and left boss Jim Bentley satisfied with his side’s progress during a hectic period.

“It was a busy weekend and to take four points from two games is good but we have to build on that now,” he told the Morecambe Visitor. “I have been really pleased with the two displays over the weekend.

“We used the full squad and got the results I think our performances deserved. We have had a bad spell and I have been a nightmare to live with but despite the results most of the performances have been good.”

Northampton have no new injury or suspension problems ahead of the trip.

Kelvin Langmead, who had been on loan at Sixfields since August, signed an 18-month permanent deal with the Cobblers on Thursday after his contract with Peterborough was terminated by mutual consent.

Saido Berahino will continue in attack after his loan deal from West Brom was extended until February 4 this week.

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd has options should he wish to make changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Shrewsbury, with defender Ashley Corker, midfielder Andy Holt and forwards Jake Robinson and Adebayo Akinfenwa among those players vying for recalls.

Ahead of the game Boothroyd said: “It was a terrific point at Shrewsbury. I think they are a very good team and they are in a position that we would like to be in eventually.

“We need to build on that because Morecambe will be another difficult game, they are a well-organised and strong, physical side. We are scoring goals but we need to keep clean sheets and that has got to be our priority at the moment.”

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Morecambe v Northampton preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 11:55

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy looks certain to wield the axe when his side end their campaign at home.

McIlroy was left furious after his side crashed to a 7-2 thumping at Port Vale last weekend.

He hauled off midfielders Kevan Hurst and Garry Hunter as well as striker Danny Carlton in the second half at Vale Park.

Those three and several other players are facing an anxious wait over their inclusion.

Andy Parrish and Andy Fleming are set to miss out again through injury while Paul Scott (knee) and Kieran Charnock (Achilles) remain long-term absentees.

McIlroy is expecting a response to last week’s capitulation but he admitted: “It was a few days ago now yet I still can’t believe how bad we were.”

Northampton manager Gary Johnson is set to name an unchanged squad.

Johnson finally collected his first win in charge against Stevenage last weekend, which secured the club’s Football League status, and he is unlikely to make many changes.

Michael Uwezu scored his first professional goal last week and will again partner Shaun Harrad in attack as a whole host of Cobblers players look set for their final appearance in the claret shirt.

Johnson is poised for a radical overhaul of the squad this summer and will again be without a number of injured players.

On-loan Doncaster defender Byron Webster picked up a hamstring injury against Rotherham on Good Friday while striker Leon McKenzie will also miss out with a thigh injury.

Fellow forward Billy McKay is now fit after a dislocated elbow but Guillem Bauza has a rib injury and goalkeeper Steve Collis has a thigh strain.

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