Bank holiday derby highlight of big weekend for Lancaster and Morecambe

Morecambe opener Ikram Ullah against Chorley. Picture: Tony North

Morecambe opener Ikram Ullah against Chorley. Picture: Tony North

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A bank holiday derby between Lancaster and Morecambe is the highlight of a busy weekend for both sides.

The teams clash at Woodhill Lane on Monday in what will be the third of three games in three days for Ben Simm’s Lune Road outfit.

New Lancaster overseas player Michael Barry in action against Netherfield. Picture: Richard Edmondson

New Lancaster overseas player Michael Barry in action against Netherfield. Picture: Richard Edmondson

Lancaster are yet to win this season after a dramatic final over defeat at Blackpool last time out and first host St Annes on Saturday before their rearranged Lancashire Cup tie at Bolton League side Little Lever on Sunday.

Simm said: “With the Lancashire Cup and a league double header it is by far the most important weekend of the season so far for both our first and second teams.”

For Morecambe captain Tommy Clough, the derby is a game he always picks out as must win for his players.

The spinner said: “For someone like myself who has played for Morecambe for so long it’s the must win game of the season.

“I say to the players, of all the things we do, we don’t lose to Lancaster!

“They’re always good games and have been for as long as I can remember.”

The Woodhill Lane side start their weekend with a difficult trip to Northern League champions Leyland but go into the game on the back of their first win against Chorley.

Clough said: “It’ll be tough.

“They’re the reigning champions and second in the league but we’re going into the game confident and in good form after the win against Chorley.”

Clough was delighted with the victory as his side impressively chased down 182 to win by five wickets.

He said: “It’s obviously nice to get the first win and it’s the first time in as long as I can remember that we have a batting pro score a duck and chase down 180.

“I’m sure runs are just round the corner for Kelly (Smuts) but it was a great effort from Lewis (Edge) to get us over the line.

“And having been stretched for players I gave Ikram Ullah a call and it was great to see him back.

“He’s a minor counties player and got us off to a great start.”

Lancaster are running a coach to the game at Little Lever on Sunday, May 25. Call the club after 7pm on 01524 65087 to book.