Daggers v Morecambe MATCH PREVIEW

MORECAMBE could well go down in the history books as the one League Two side that Sol Campbell played against during his controversial stay at Notts County, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.Christie Park was the venue for Campbell s one and only start last weekend,


MORECAMBE could well go down in the history books as the one League Two side that Sol Campbell played against during his controversial stay at Notts County.

Christie Park was the venue for Campbell's one and only start last weekend, and more importantly for the Shrimps, the match heralded their first league victory of the season.

Jim Bentley and John Mullin netted the goals as Morecambe ended their nine-game winless run, although to be fair, there had been six draws in there too.

Manager Sammy McIlroy, who was once in charge of Northern Ir,land is now in his third season in charge of the club and continues to do a fine job on a meagre budget.

Having said that, they did manage to splash out �20,000 on Southport midfielder Mark Duffy, while they also attracted Ian Craney and Phil Jevons on loan from Huddersfield too.

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One of their main pieces of business over the summer was enticing Accrington Stanley's leading appearance holder Paul Mullin to eventually switch clubs, and the forward has two goals to his name so far.

Experienced defender Darren Moss is also on board, the defenders who once cost Crewe Alexandra �170,000 back in 2005, while one time Man Utd youngster Michael Twiss is still an important member of the strike-force.

The victory over big-spending County was a welcome one for Morecambe as they would have dropped to second bottom had the result gone against them.


Daggers: Yet again, Daggers have no new injury worries and after victory at Burton Albion last weekend, it is hard to see John Still changing his team.

Burton: On-loan midfielder Manny Panther will miss the trip to Daggers after is was confirmed he broke his toe against Notts County and will be out of action for two months.


Daggers have an excellent record at home to Morecambe, winning seven out of their 10 matches to date, losing just twice, although one of those defeats did come last season.

Two goals in the space of two first half minute by Diarmuid O'Carroll and Stewart Drummond condemned Daggers to a 2-0 reverse that day, though they had won 2-1 in the fixture at Christie Park earlier in the season.

John Still's side just hold the edge in overall victories, with nine to the Shrimpers eight, with the side's sharing just three draws between them.


Phil Jevons - once scored an injury time winner at Anfield as Grimsby Town knocked Liverpool out of the Carling Cup back in October 2001.

Now in Morecambe colours, he has struck four times this season, including twice in the 3-3 draw with Rochdale.


"It was a great all-round team display (against Notts County) and the lads are now keen to continue the same type of form at Dagenham this weekend," Morecambe skipper Jim Bentley.

"All our thoughts on Saturday's game. We are doing things the right way with an overnight stay and although it is always a tough place to go we won there and hope to produce a similar performance to last week."


Daggers to keep up their winnings ways at home with a 3-1 triumph over the Shrimpers.

Can Daggers emerge victorious against Morecambe? Email: mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

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