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Preston North End v Morecambe 14/8/2018
The first round of the League Cup on Tuesday, an ideal chance to get back on the winning front against our local league 2 neighbours. This is the third meeting in the competitions between the sides, the first was 11 years to the date when they meet on Tuesday, when Morecambe won with a late goal 2-1 following a howler by Wayne Henderson North End's glass back keeper.
Two years later we gained revenge with a 5-1 victory both games were played at Deepdale.
Morecambe avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season on goal difference gaining a point on the last day of the season at Coventry when apparently neither side made much of an effort to attack in the last 15 minutes.
This season they kicked off in style losing 6-0 at Crewe however performed better in losing at home to Exeter 2-0 yesterday.
They have had financial struggles in the last couple of seasons, having a couple sub 1000 gates, during one of these crisis we bought Barkhuizen for about 175000 which at the time kept them afloat.
Thet have some experience with Barry Roche in goal and Kevin Ellison(Pictured)
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Ellison six months shy of his 40th birthday second top scorer with nine has been knocking them in at a fair rate over the last few season however this has been done whilst battling with depression and deserves much praise.
Also in the squad is ex Lancaster player Alex Kenyon.
Expect Neil to ring the changes and put out a side which should win the game unlike at Accrington last season.

Ref Watch: Morecambe

On Tuesday night, the Lilywhites will have a match official taking charge of them for the first time.

Yorkshire referee Tom Nield will be man in charge for the first time at Deepdale, in his second year on the EFL list of officials.

Last season, he took charge of 29 games, issuing 65 cautions and two red cards, with one of those games being Morecambe’s FA Cup home win over National League outfit Hartlepool in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

His first game of this season Nield took charge of Carlisle United’s 2-2 home draw with Northampton Town at Brunton Park at the weekend.

The match official will be assisted by Simon Clayton and Danny Gratton, whilst the fourth official will be Gary Hilton.
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Preston North End 3 Barker, Moult, Burke Morecambe 1 Mandeville

PNE line-up: Maxwell, Woods (Fisher, 39), Earl, Ledson, Storey, Huntington ©, Barker (Harrop, 62), Gallagher, Moult, Burke, Johnson (Nmecha, 84). Subs not used: Rudd, Davies, Robinson, Harrop, O’Reilly.

Morecambe line-up: Roche ©, Conlan, Kenyon (Leitch-Smith, 46), Old, Fleming, Oswell, Yarney, Wildig, Mandeville (Ellison, 65), Oates (Mendes-Gomes, 65), Sinclair. Subs not used: Halstead, Oliver, Jagne, Cranston.

Attendance: 6,077 (622 Morecambe fans)

Referee: Mr T Nield

Apart from a 10 minute spell just after half time this was a comfortable win for basically North En's second stream, only consolation for the visitors was they found the net for the first time this season.
North End dominated the early stages with both wingers Burl and Barker causing the Shrimps problems and it was the two of the them that combined for the first Burke finding Barker just outside the area the winger's first time shot arrowed into the corner past Roche

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Could have been two afterwards Burke's effort was blocked the ball fell to Ledson four yards out his first time effort was well blocked by Roche. Wasn't long before it was two Morecambe lost position on the touchline Johnson and Burke combined to find Moult who effortlessly passed the ball into the net.
Morecambe hadn't threatened although Oswell was giving both central defenders a hard time, when on the stroke of half time some less than impressive defending from a free kick led to the Shrimps pulling one back, the ball ran kindly to Mandeville who fired home under Maxwell.
Morecambe went two up front after the break with Leitch-Smith getting into a good position but was well tackled by Storey, but on the hour we were two goals to the good again when a well worked team goal saw Burke fire home at the back post, may have been a touch of offside about it but it stood.
The goal killed off the Shrimps resistance and we could have had others, Moult unlucky with lob, Harrop inches wide from outside the box and best of the lot Burke played onside tried to take it round Roche but the keeper did well to block his shot.
Job done as they say.
Of the new lads Barker showed some good pace and is two footed, Ledson quietly effective in midfield likes a shot, Burke top man on the night very one footed but has something about him and Storey had a tough first half however when Morecambe changed formation came more into his own, noted he reads the game well could be the best of the lot.
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