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Preview: Morecambe (H)

15 March 2019

Notts County are looking to record back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League Two when they host Morecambe on Saturday.

The Magpies battled through treacherous conditions in Cumbria to earn a 3-1 victory against Carlisle on Tuesday, ending their four-game winless run.

The result moved them off the bottom of the table and within four points of safety ahead of Saturday’s meeting with the Shrimps.

Morecambe, meanwhile, are looking to build on back-to-back wins of their own after comprehensively beating Forest Green and MK Dons over the last seven days.

3-0 and 4-2 victories against the two promotion chasers have moved the Shrimps nine points clear of the dropzone and they will look to edge closer to survival with success at Meadow Lane.

Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“We’ve climbed off the bottom of the table and given ourselves the chance to chase teams down.

“We showed character on Tuesday night and will go into the game feeling better about ourselves but it’s no good if we don’t back it up.

“Morecambe have a mix of physicality and great athleticism and they try to play good football as well.

“They will try to get the crowd to turn on us so we have to make sure that doesn’t happen and be in the game, stay in it and, ultimately, win it.”

Team news

Craig Mackail-Smith missed out through illness in midweek and will hope to recover to challenge Lewis Alessandra – who scored Notts’ third – for a place in the starting line-up.

Jim O’Brien suffered a nasty gash in his leg which required stiches and he will miss out, while Kane Hemmings will be hopeful of continuing up front after scoring twice while deputising for Jon Stead at Brunton Park.

Richie Bennett has scored five times for Morecambe since joining on loan from Carlisle in mid-January, with three goals in as many appearances, and is expected to lead the line.

Fellow loanee and former Magpie Aaron Collins is also likely to start. He has been equally potent since his switch from Wolves, netting five times in seven games including two in the last week.

We’ve met before

Notts are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Morecambe, winning two including a 4-1 victory at the Globe Arena on Boxing Day 2017.

The other fixture last season finished 2-0 in the Magpies’ favour with Dan Jones and Jonathan Forte on the scoresheet at Meadow Lane.

Earlier this campaign, Morecambe earned a share of the spoils late on as Kevin Ellison came off the bench to level things in the 88th minute after Kristian Dennis’ second-half opener.

Elsewhere in League Two

There’s another big clash at the foot of the table as Yeovil and Macclesfield meet at Huish Park.

With their midweek game called off, the Silkmen slipped to the bottom of the EFL due to Notts’ victory at Carlisle and will look to close the gap to their hosts and end their seven-game winless run in the process.

The Glovers, meanwhile, have suffered back-to-back defeats, leaving them four points clear of the Magpies in 22nd.

21st-placed Port Vale are on a three-match unbeaten run and have earned two wins on the bounce, including a 3-0 triumph over Yeovil on Tuesday, and will hope to continue their form at Swindon.

Cambridge are level on points with Morecambe and are faced with a tough trip to Bury, who haven’t lost a league game in 2019.

The afternoon’s officials

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and Andrew Hendley

Fourth official: Ben Toner

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Notts 0-0 Morecambe

Gap to safety narrows despite stalemate

16 March 2019

Notts County were held to a 0-0 draw a home to Morecambe - but the gap between themselves and EFL safety narrowed to three points.

Both sides had chances to win it on a cagey afternoon, Enzio Boldewijn spurning Notts' best opportunity in the second half, but the match ended in deadlock.

Macclesfield climbed back above Notts with a victory at Yeovil which leaves the Glovers in touching distance of both the Magpies and the Silkmen.

Neal Ardley was forced into one change following Tuesday night's big win at Carlisle.

Jim O'Brien was left with a gash on his leg following a reckless challenge late on in Cumbria and was therefore unavailable.

Matt Tootle took his place in the starting 11, with Mitch Rose moving into central midfield alongside Michael Doyle and David Vaughan.

Richard Duffy continued alongside Sam Stubbs in the heart of defence, while Kane Hemmings continued to lead the line after scoring three goals in his previous two matches.

Just as it was in Carlisle, albeit with slightly less venom and without the driving rain, a howling wind was blowing around the ground.

It was proving less than condusive to free-flowing football and the first real action of note came on 14 minutes when Morecambe's Richard Bennett was booked for a late challenge on Stubbs.

A minute later, Richard Duffy met a Michael Doyle corner on the volley but could only send the ball across goal and wide, despite Doyle's best efforts to keep it in on the byline.

Alessandra followed up shortly afterwards with a sliced effort from just outside the area following Luke Conlan's misjudged header. The ball went harmlessly wide.

Referee Kevin Johnson then had his yellow card out again, punishing Piero Mingoia after he hacked Enzio Boldewijn down in midfield minutes before David Vaughan sent a low, left-footed effort wide from 25 yards.

Notts had certainly enjoyed the lion's share of the half-chances but there was a flurry of golden opportunities for both teams as half-time approached.

The first went to the Magpies when Boldewijn latched on to Tootle's clipped pass into the channel before drilling the ball low into the middle. Alessandra anticipated the chance but couldn't quite get there in time to turn it home from six yards.

Morecambe's response came from Bennett, who produced an outstanding left-wing cross to give former Notts loanee Aaron Collins the opportunity to turn the ball home at the back post. He also arrived a millisecond too late, though, and the Magpies breathed a sigh of relief.

That wasn't the last of the action, though, and the visitors should probably have taken a 1-0 lead into the break after Alex Kenyon picked out Steven Old unmarked in the middle. The big defender could only nod his cross over the bar.

There were no changes at the break and the second half began in scrappy style with Rose writing his name into the book for a foul on the evergreen Kevin Ellison.

Collins bobbled a shot straight at Schofield before Tootle responded with a 25-yard volley that flew halfway up the Air-IT Kop.

Notts went much closer to taking the lead moments later when Vaughan won possession high up the field before playing Boldewijn through one-on-one with Mark Halstead. The keeper got down low to parry the ball out to Rose 20 yards from goal and the former Grimsby man sent a low, first-time effot back towards goal. Halstead was able to make the save once more, however, securing the ball at the second attempt with Hemmings steaming in.

Jordan Cranston was the next man to have his name taken following a robust challenge on Doyle which caused a mini-altercation between both sets of players under the close watch of the referee.

Ardley's first change followed with Craig Mackail-Smith, who had been missing through illness recently, replacing Alessandra with 20 minutes to play.

Notts had to remain alert in defence, though, and Milsom was alive to the danger when Mingoia skipped past Duffy in the area and looked set to shoot. The full-back stretched every sinew in his body to make a crucial block.

Schofield was then called upon to push Collins' long-range effort around the post before Ardley sent Will Patching on in place of Vaughan.

Patching's first involvement was to be on the receiving end of a poor Andrew Fleming challenge which saw the Shrimps substitute go into the book.

It looked like the match was heading for stalemate when Tootle sent a left-footed effort over the bar from the edge of the area with the clock at 90.

And four minutes of added time wasn't enough for either team to find a winner as a cagey, frustrating afternoon came to a goalless end.

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Tickets: Morecambe (H)

16 March 2019

Tickets for Notts County's home match against Morecambe on Saturday 16 March (3pm kick-off) are still on sale.

Matchday prices

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

Tickets for supporters aged 12 and over will rise by £2 on matchday.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

Bringing the kids?

Click here to find out what's happening in the Family Stand.

Hospitality

To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email kirsty.edwards@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

Click here to view our range of packages.

Sensory rooms

Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk.

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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