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2 March 2016

Past meetings with Saturday's visitors Morecambe

Saturday sees the tenth meeting between ourselves and Morecambe, but only the fourth in the Football League.

The Shrimps have won both previous League meetings at the Globe Arena. In our first season in League 2 in 2011 they inflicted our worst ever League defeat with a 6-0 drubbing and when they arrived for the return game in February 2012 it was three days after Reds had been knocked out of the FA Cup in the fifth round by Premier League Stoke City.

In the programme, manager Steve Evans warned that his side were in for a tough night. “I watched Morecambe against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday and it was easy to see why they have a very good away record this season," he said. "Tonight is going to be one of our hardest games of the campaign.”

minute to a goal from Andy Fleming.stEvans freshened up the team, giving much-travelled striker Karl Hawley his debut but Reds seemed to be suffering from an FA Cup hangover and fell behind in the 21

But just after the break, substitute Scott Neilson, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, drew us level with a shot from 15 yards which was his first goal of the season. 

Reds bombarded the  Shrimps’ goal thereafter with Kyle McFadzean hitting the bar from a header and John Akinde denied a penalty, but Morecambe nearly won it themselves when Dean Howell cleared a shot from Jordan Burrows off the line.

Rene Gilmartin; Pablo Mills, Claude Davis, Kyle McFadzean, Dean Howell; Sanchez Watt, Hope Akpan (sub: Josh Simpson 76), Dannie Bulman, Sergio Torres (sub: John Akinde 46); Billy Clarke, Karl Hawley (Scott Neilson 46). Unused subs: Michel Kuipers, Shaun Batt.Our line-up that night was:

Reds were in the middle of their worst run of the season which saw them fail to win in seven before the arrival of Gary Alexander on loan from Brentford sparked a run that climaxed in promotion at Accrington on the final day of the season.

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