After a busy week on the field the stakes step up tomorrow as the Reds take on Morecambe.
John Coleman’s team travel to the Globe Arena looking for a very early season derby win and hoping to put their penalty shootout defeat to Hull behind them.
Under the leadership of former player Jim Bentley they’ll be looking to build on a 2014/15 campaign that brought an eleventh placed finish, their highest under Bentley.
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.
After a spell at Tranmere the wide man has moved to the Globe Arena and is now looking to recapture his best form.
The former Everton youngster was transformed from a left back to a goalscoring midfield player with the Reds but will now be out to come back to haunt them for his new side.
A 92nd minute equaliser meant the Reds drew their opening league game at home to Luton before holding Championship side Hull 0-0 in 90 minutes and 2-2 after extra time, ultimately losing on penalties.
A first away game of the new season is the first opportunity to take three points on the road and John Coleman will be keen for his side to get up and running at the first time of asking
The Shrimps lost their opening League Two game, 1-0 at Hartlepool.
They followed that up with a good performance against League One side Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup, only to be beaten by a last minute goal.
Shay McCartan is the only confirmed absentee as he continues to wait for his broken wrist to heal.
Midfielder Andy Procter is still some way from match fitness but has resumed training following a broken ankle.
A number of players came into the side on Tuesday and Coleman has some tough decisions to make including at full back, in the centre of midfield and up front.
New signing Jack Phillips is ineligible.
The Shrimps moved to the Globe Arena in 2010, after playing at Christie Park for the previous 89 years. The current capacity of the Globe Arena is 6476 and their record attendance is 5003 set against Burnley in 2010.
The club’s all time record attendance was set at Christie Park in 1962, when 9383 turned up to watch the club’s first ever FA Cup third round appearance against Weymouth.