Five wins in a row for Tisdale’s Army as we now face a long midweek trip to Morecambe. Jim Bentley’s Seasiders produced a stunning 3-0 victory on Saturday at home to Forest Green Rovers. So what can Dons expect to their trip to the Globe Arena?
Morecambe currently sit 8 points clear of the relegation zone in 20th position. The Shrimps have also been picking up points of late with 3 wins in their last 5 games. Their 3-0 victory against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday was their first home win since December.
Earlier this season, Dons were victorious winning 2-0 at Stadium MK with 2nd half goals from Alex Gilbey.
5 wins in a row now for Tisdale’s army has seen the Dons leapfrog Mansfield into the third automatic spot. Last time out, the Dons came from behind to beat Macclesfield 3-1 at the Moss Rose Ground.
Players to Watch
3 players currently lead the scoring charts for Morecambe with 6 goals. This section will focus on one of these players Kevin Ellison. Ellison is an attacking wide player who began his career with Southport. His early career saw him play for Conwy United & Altrincham and it was his spell at the latter which prompted a move to Leicester City. He only made 1 appearance for the Foxes though before joining Stockport County for 3 seasons with limited goals. Other spells include Lincoln City, Chester City, Hull City, Tranmere Rovers & Rotherham United. In 2011 he joined Morecambe and has made over 300 appearances in this time scoring 79 goals. Now aged 40, Kevin has scored 6 goals this season and has contributed with 3 assists.
Jim Bentley took over as manager of Morecambe in 2011 making him the currentl longest serving manager in the football league. Jim’s playing career saw him spend 9 years are Morecambe between 2002-2011. Managing over 400 games, Bentley has a win percentage of 29%. Jim is well respected by Morecambe supporters who raised funds to pay a football league fine of £1000 in 2016 following comments from the manager about a referee decision in the previous match.
Striker AJ Leitch Smith is expected to be out now until the end of the season with a hamstring injury. Defender Jordan Cranston will also miss Tuesdays match as he serves the second of his 2 match suspension for 10 yellow cards.
A similar squad is expected for Tisdale for the trip to Morecambe. Defenders Moore-Taylor, Williams, Cargill & Baudry all still expected to be remained side-lined. Wheeler followed up his hattrick for the U23 match with a goal against Macclesfield and will be fighting to keep his place over Jake Hesketh who he replaced for that trip to Moss Rose.
Dons fans will primarily be situated in the Bay Radio Terrance behind one goal. This is a covered terrace which can hold up to 1,400 supporters. The stand is free from supporting pillars to give a good view of the pitch. The roof is also low to help create good noise.
To the left is the Peter McGuigan stand named after the chairman. This is the largest of the 4 stands and is an all seater covered stand.
The opposite touchline is the North Terrace. This runs the length of the pitch and is a completely open terrace.
Behind the far goal is the West Terrace. This terrace is also covered and is a similar size to the stand Dons fans will find themselves in.
Details of the disabled facilities available at Morecambe can be found via the below link:
Young Persons (18-22): £15
*One free under-11 when purchased in conjunction with a paying adult/concession. Under-14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £26 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 2:00PM. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until midday on Tuesday 12th March subject to availability.
From Milton Keynes, join the M1 Northbound and join onto the M6. Travel on the M6 to junction 34 and leave onto the A683. The road will cross over the River Lune where you will then take the first exit to remain on the A683. Continue on this road over one roundabout and take the right turn at the traffic lights with the McDonalds just in front of you. This will bring you onto Morecambe Road and you will take the first exit at the next roundabout onto Westgate. Continue on this road and the ground will be on your right.
Postcode for satnavs is: LA4 4TB
Morecambe Railway station is approx. 30 minute walk to the ground. If you take the 6 or 6A bus service from outside the station then this will stop outside the ground and will take approx. 10 minutes.
Parking at the ground is for permit holders only so you will likely require street parking. The recommended area is the streets on your left when travelling down Westgate
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