Morecambe fringe players' opportunity to impress

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Derek Adams has challenged Morecambe’s fringe players to stake their claim as they seek a third win in a week tomorrow.

The Shrimps welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Mazuma Mobile Stadium in their last home game for three weeks.

They do so, having climbed to eighth in League Two following the victories against Sutton United and Tranmere Rovers.

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However, those six points came at a cost with Morecambe collecting injuries and suspensions.

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Adam Mayor and Jacob Bedeau both picked up a fifth booking to join James Connolly on the suspended list.

Stuart Moore, Farrend Rawson and Donald Love were also injured, joining the already unavailable Jake Taylor and Eli King.

“We’re down to low numbers,” Adams acknowledged.

“The ones who haven’t been playing will now get an opportunity.

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“We get players back on Tuesday (the trip to Barrow AFC), so we have to be as competitive as we can be on Saturday.”

Rawson and Moore were both replaced at half-time in last Saturday’s win at Sutton before Love required eight stitches to a cut foot in midweek.

A verdict is looming on the extent of Moore’s hip flexor muscle injury but the Shrimps have an experienced back-up keeper available in Adam Smith.

Adams explained: “Stuart goes to see a consultant on Friday.

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“He’s had a scan and has to see what the outcome is but it’s not going to be a short one.

“Adam has played at this level for a number of years and got promoted, so he’s got good experience.”

Tomorrow sees Morecambe host an AFC Wimbledon team 10th in the table, two points and as many places behind Adams’ players.

They might be winless in the last four but they are League Two’s best performers on the road this season.

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They are yet to taste defeat on their travels, having won four and drawn four, while the Shrimps haven’t lost at home.

“AFC Wimbledon are a team that have a very good work ethic,” Adams warned.

“They have some good experience throughout the side but we saw their result the other night (4-2 defeat to Accrington Stanley) and we’ll take what we can from that.

“We don’t play at home again until November 18, which is a long time for a team which likes playing at home.”