Last Time We Met
The last time we met the Shrimps was back in December at the Hive and it was the Bees who came away with maximum points.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, netting a strike worthy of a top class status. He charged down the left before cutting inside and dipping his bending his effort from 30 yards into the bottom corner.
The Bees doubled their lead four minutes later courtesy of Jack Taylor who slotted home after being played through on goal by John Akinde who later missed a penalty to deny the Bees a three-goal cushion.
Despite Adam Campbell pulling one back on 72 minutes for Morecambe, the Bees held on to claim all three points.
Jim Bentley took charge of Morecambe in May 2011 after replacing Sammy McIlroy at the helm. He has since gone on to become the third longest serving manager in England’s top four divisions behind Arsene Wenger and Paul Tisdale.
The 41-year-old began his career in the youth set-up at Manchester City before starting his professional tenure at Telford United.
After five years at the Lillywhites, the former defender joined Morecambe where he made over 250 league appearances, scoring 29 goals.
Bentley was also captain of the Shrimps and was part of the side that gained promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history in 2007.
After spending a season with Morecambe’s reserve team in a coaching capacity during the 2009-10 season, Bentley became a player-coach for the first team before being appointed manager just under a year later.
Kevin Ellison is one of Morecambe’s longest serving players in the side. The forward joined the Shrimps in 2011 from Rotherham United and has since gone on to make over 250 league appearances for the club, scoring 73 goals.
Alongside the Millers, the 39-year-old has also made a name for himself at the likes of Chester City, Hull City, Tranmere and Altrincham.
Ellison has played the majority of the Shrimps’ games this season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions, making him joint top scorer alongside Callum Lang.
Morecambe’s number 11 isn’t afraid to test his luck, accumulating 45 shots, with 25 of them on target this campaign.
Ellison can score with both feet and with six of his goals this season coming from a header, he can also pose a real aerial threat.
All nine goals in the league this season have come from within the box so the Bees back-line will have to be on top of their game to stop him from causing damage this weekend.
Last Time Out
Unlike the Bees, Morecambe didn’t have a week’s break to prepare for this match as they were in action on Tuesday.
The Shrimps played host to Cambridge United in mid-week and with both teams failing to find the net, the points were shared.
The result meant Morecambe moved five points clear of Barnet in the standings so a win for us this weekend is a must.
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