"I see Windermere, I see Coniston, I see Morecambe Bay"
(“The universal suffrage of the dark” (Katherine Braithwaite))
The universal suffrage of the dark is a phrase that might well be applied to our season, looking at the way it has developed since that opening-day win at Northampton Town. But in the interests of trying to look on the positive side, it’s worth considering that Morecambe’s League 2 record is identical to ours at present except for the fact that their goal difference is even worse than ours, hard to imagine though that is.
It has to be a very worrying statistic that our strike force has only managed to score 3 goals so far, and this is put into perspective when you see that every single team in League 2 has managed to score twice that number (and a lot more in most cases).
Morecambe’s current League 2 form looks like this:-
Aug 17 Cheltenham Town (H) Drew 0-0
Aug 20 Macclesfield Town (A) Won 0-1
Aug 24 Exeter City (H) Lost 2-3
Aug 31 Swindon Town (A) Lost 3-1
Sep 7 Salford City (H) Drew 2-2
Sep 14 Scunthorpe Utd (A) Lost 3-0
"It’s got to turn our way some time" is a mantra that has been employed for quite a few games now, but surely the next two matches (against teams even lower in the League 2 table than ourselves) are prime candidates? A lot will depend on not just the willingness and ability of our striker(s) to “have a go”, but on the quality of service that is provided, be that from crosses that don’t end up in Row Z, or through balls that aren’t played straight to an opposition player.
Team selection is not the concern of this preview, as it’s become obvious that there is no point in trying to second-guess Darrell Clarke’s mindset.
Prediction:- We really are due for a 0-1 away win, and at least we know that Morecambe’s defence leaks more than most (15 goals conceded so far, no-one has let through more) - so on that basis it will be that result, with the winning goal coming from Liam Kinsella, to cancel out his unfortunate o.g. at the weekend…