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Preview | Morecambe v Gillingham

Gills could possibly welcome Josh Andrews into the squad for the long trip to Morecambe this weekend.

22 March 2024

Match Previews

Preview | Morecambe v Gillingham

Gills could possibly welcome Josh Andrews into the squad for the long trip to Morecambe this weekend.

22 March 2024

Ethan Coleman, Josh Walker and Jake Turner are likely to return to the match squad following illness, with Josh Andrews also in contention having trained well this week.

The Gills travel to Lancashire this Saturday looking to record their first win since March 2.

As the finish line of the 23/24 Sky Bet League Two campaign slowly creeps over the horizon, Stephen Clemence and his men will know that a win on the road is key this Saturday afternoon, if they are to remain in contention for a Play-Off position.

Following a sickness bug, the likes of Jake Turner and Ethan Coleman should return. 

 

Morecambe v Gillingham

Mazuma Stadium

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday March 23

Kick-Off, 3pm

 

Team News:

The Gills will be without long-term absentees Dom Jefferies (thigh) and Jorge Hurtado (knee) for the trip to Morecambe, as both players continue to work on their recoveries.

Josh Andrews edges closer to making his Gills debut, the forward having been training with the squad and regaining his fitness. 

Jake Turner, Ethan Coleman and Josh Walker are all expected to return to the squad having suffered with sickness last weekend. Conor Masterson returns following suspension.

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As for Morecambe, they will be without long-term absentees Stu Moore, Donald Love, JJ McKiernan and Brandon Barker.

 

Manager Comments:

 

Stephen Clemence: “It’s about us, this weekend. We have to show our intent on the road and go and get the victory. There are seven games to go, fourteen halves of football, we have to attack every half.

“It’ll be tough, they’ve had a good season.

"They’ve done well, obviously their results haven’t been quite so good lately, but they had a real good run just after Christmas. They’ve got some good players, but so have we. I know our boys will be really looking forward to it."

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Ged Brennan: “They’ll be fighting for their lives (To secure a Play-Off spot).

"They’re really good at set pieces so that’s something we’re going to have to watch.

“We’re going to have to be at the top of our game to take anything from it, we know we’re going to be in for a fight.

“If we go into it in the way we know we can play, and in the way we’ve been playing at home, we’ll be okay.”

 

Previous Meeting:

It was George Lapslie and Connor Mahoney who gave the Gills a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season, when Morecambe visited Priestfield back in September.

In a fairly even match up on the day in terms of statistics, Gillingham made their chances count to take the points. A late red card for Michael Mellon left the visitors a man down, and ultimately unable to overturn the goal deficit.

 

Head-to-Head:

 

Morecambe – 1

Draw – 4

Gillingham – 6

 

The Gills first met the Shrimps in October 2008 as the two clubs competed in the 08/09 League Two campaign, they had never in their respective histories occupied a place in the same league before.

Gillingham have an impressive record versus this weekend’s opponents across the 11 meetings in total and will be keen to add another win on Saturday. The clubs have never met in cup competition.

 

Ticket Information:

 

Tickets for the match can be purchased on the day of the game at the Mazuma Stadium. Over 200 were bought in advance. 

 

Odds:

 

Morecambe Win – 19/10

Draw – 21/10

Gillingham Win – 29/20

 

Special Bet: Oli Hawkins to score first – 13/2

 

Match Officials:

 

Referee: Paul Howard

Assistants: Alan Clayton & Callum Gough

Fourth Official: Simon Clayton

 

Sat Nav: LA4 4TB


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