Tomorrow is derby day at the Wham Stadium as Morecambe make the trip south.

Stanley will be out to remain in an automatic promotion spot, with their visitors keen to do the double over their rivals after a win at the Globe Arena earlier in the season.

The Opposition

Like Stanley, Morecambe are tipped to struggle by many ahead of each new season but have set about establishing themselves as a Football League club.

Under the leadership of former player Jim Bentley they finished the 2014/15 campaign in eleventh place.

This season has proven to be trickier though and though they are well clear of the drop zone it looks like a bottom half finish this time.


The  former Shrimps defender is in his first managerial role, having taken over at the club in 2011.

Bentley started his playing career at Manchester City, but left without making a first team appearance. Bentley then moved to Telford in 1997 and made 79 appearances and scored 23 goals, before he moved on to Morecambe in 2002. In his time at Morecambe, he made 298 appearances and scored 29 goals.

He’s become virtually synonymous with the Shrimps ever since, taking the step up to the manager’s job after winding down his playing career.

One to Watch

Born in Alsager, Miller began his career at Crewe where he scored 39 goals in 163 appearances before moving to Sheffield United in 2012.

In his two seasons with the Blades, Miller scored four goals in 28 appearances, also spending time on loan at Shrewsbury Town.

Miller joined Coventry City, spending time on loan with York, before joining Morecambe last year.

He is the Shrimps top scorer with 14 goals this season.

Form Guide

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Stanley are unbeaten in seven matches altogether and looking to extend that run to eight.

They’ve lost once at the Wham Stadium since October and have won four of their last five games.

John Coleman’s team are in the third automatic promotion spot, two points ahead of fourth spot.

Morecambe: LLWLL

The Shrimps have won one of their last five matches, at home to Barnet a fortnight ago.

They have struggled away from home of late, with their last win on the road coming at Wycombe in early January.

They sit 19th in League Two, 13 points clear of the relegation places.

Stanley Team News

Joe Wright remains out, though could return to training as soon as next week.

Midfielder Matt Crooks has been continuing his recovery from an ankle injury at St George’s Park and was due to rejoin the squad this morning.

Top scorer Billy Kee missed Saturday’s win at Luton as a precaution following concussion but is available again.

Admission Details

Cash turnstiles are no longer available at the Wham Stadium. Instead, a ticket must be bought in advance or from a ticket booth or ticket office on match day. MORE DETAILS

Match Coverage

The official website will have live text commentary on the game.

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.