Preview: Morecambe vs Exeter City

City completed an unbeaten October with a narrow win over a Carlisle side reduced to ten men by Gime Toure’s impression of Zidane, so Matt Taylor will be hoping November is just as fruitful beginning with a long trip up the M5 and M6 on Tuesday night. There remains the possibility that the authorities could review the footage of the Toure red card incident and decide to charge Jake Taylor for his role in proceedings – the pundits on Quest’s EFL coverage on Saturday night suggesting Taylor should also have seen red. Elsewhere, Jokull Andresson’s assured displays in his two matches on loan may convince Taylor to extend his spell at the club, while Taylor has tended to rotate in certain positions for the midweek fixtures, particularly at full back – meaning Jake Caprice could step in for Josh Key and also Alex Hartridge could deputise for Jack Sparkes. Matt Jay and Nicky Law continue to compete for the roving attacking spot.

It has been a properly topsy-turvy season for Morecambe under the aegis of Derek Adams, a manager who isn’t exactly popular in Devon’s capital following his spell in charge at that lot down the A38. A 1-0 win at Tranmere on Saturday ensured that the perennial bookies’ relegation favourites go into Tuesday’s match comfortably in the top half, albeit with an eye-watering -7 goal difference thanks to heavy defeats to Cambridge and Crawley. The Shrimps also shipped seven against Newcastle in the EFL Cup. Adams was very busy during the summer, losing players such as veterans Kevin Ellison and Barry Roche but signing players like Nat Knight-Percival, Ben Pringle and former City striker Liam McAlinden. One player to watch is Carlos Mendes Gomes, who has earned rave reviews and is tipped for a move up the leagues at some point. Top scorer is Adam Phillips with six in all competitions.

For the third straight match City’s opponents are one where there was only one match last season. Back in August City trekked north and came back with a 3-2 win. City led 2-0 through Taylor and Lee Martin before Lewis Alessandra restored parity with a brace. A late Nicky Law strike sealed the points before Sam Lavelle saw red in injury time. That win extended City’s lead in league head to heads, with 11 wins to Morecambe’s four, 11 matches finishing all square. Those games can be viewed at https://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?p=9082

The match officials for the game are:-

Referee: Ollie Yates
Assistant Referees: Barry Gordon and Alan Clayton
Fourth Official : Martin Woods

Ollie Yates has refereed five Exeter games, details at https://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?s=ollie+yates



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