It’s the end of the world as we know it this weekend, so we’re told. Of course, it’s always the end of the world when Boro’ fail to win a game of football. So, really, this is no more than a sense of déjà vu; Groundhog Day if you will. Well, based on our last three efforts in Endsleigh League Division Three that is. Yet, in all seriousness (*Snork*! Ed.), esteemed flat-earthers of the world are telling us that a mystery planet is going to slam into us. On Saturday of all days! It’s that mystery planet that you would’ve probably noticed by now, by the way…
Sadly for Morecambe, the Football League is unlikely to offer much post-mortem clemency if they decide not to travel on the off-chance it’s the End of Days. You can be sure they’ll still persist with the Checkatrade Trophy in the dystopian nightmare that will follow an interplanetary collision, however. If you thought U23 sides were beyond the pale, wait for Shaun Harvey to propose 16 teams of zombies. Anyway, what were we talking baht? Oh yes, it’s the now-inconsequential nature of Stevenage v Morecambe. We’ll keep it light, don’t you worry.
Stevenage v Morecambe: The Lowdown
Morecambe. A familiar foe, if ever there was one. In this milestone-obsessed age of ours, this 37th meeting of the two sides is worth a limited edition Betamax at best. Now, what can we expect amid the bloopers, ‘Making of’ featurette and cast interviews? The Shrimps came into this term as one of the hot picks for the drop. While their results so far don’t exactly make a mockery of that assertion, there’s enough there to suggest they could well be fine and dandy. The more pertinent question is how much they’ll trouble us. Yes. WHAT ABOUT US?
In recent times, matches against Morecambe have been pleasant affairs. For us. In fact, we went 12 unbeaten against ’em; a run stretching back 10 years into the deepest recesses of the Blue Square Premier. That was all blown out of the water last season, however. If there was a fixture to depend on to get our playoff push back on track after the four-goal disaster at Colchester, it was surely Morecambe at home. Nope. Our 1-0 defeat at the Lamex was pretty much the confirmation that we’d run out of steam. Not the nap it had come to be.
So, let’s talk form and – in partic-lah – how the Shrimps are shaping up. Four points from the last two outings have lifted them up to 16th position and within three points of us. There have also been draws at Lincoln and Cambridge, plus an opening day win at home to Cheltenham. It’s not what you’d call dazzling by any stretch. In fact, their run of results are a bit of a mess. As such, it’s a waste of time claiming we have any real conclusions to make. Not only that, but we’ve taken up an entire paragraph to tell you as much. Sorry, not sorry.
Thankfully, the good folk at kickoff.co.uk have pictures to help you make sense of it all.
P36 W16 D11 L9 F60 A44; last result: Stevenage 0-1 Morecambe, 14/04/2017
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