Harrogate Town vs Morecambe preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Above: Harrogate Town's Connor Hall in action (Source: NurPhoto, Getty Images)

Harrogate Town will host Morecambe this coming Saturday at 15:00 BST, as the Shrimps look to recover from a few difficult fixtures at the top end of the table.

Derek Adams' Morecambe have failed to win in their previous two games, and look to avoid a potential blip in the play-off race as they face a Harrogate side they defeated in December.

Morecambe are expected to favouritise their usual counter-attacking football, as the Shrimps currently average the worst possession stats in the division with an average of just 42.4% per match. 

The Sulphurites will be targeting their first ever victory against Morecambe, but may have to rely on set pieces and the height and frame of their attack, as 12 of Harrogate's 39 goals have come from set pieces this campaign.

  • Team news

Simon Weaver unfortunately lost striker Josh March for the rest of the season, who returned to parent club Forest Green Rovers to complete his rehab.

Long-term absentees Joe Cracknell and Mitch Roberts will both continue to be unavailable. 

Morecambe will be without captain Sam Lavelle, who was sent off in Saturday's defeat to Newport County

Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Brad Lyons will also be missing due to knocks.

  • Predicted lineups

Harrogate Town: Belshaw; Fallowfield, Smith, Burrell, Jones, Thomson, Francis, Falkingham, McPake, Beck, Muldoon.

Morecambe: Letheren; Cooney, Mellor, Davis, Gibson, Songo'o, O'Sullivan, Wildig, Diagouraga, Mendes, Stockton.

  • Ones to watch

George Thomson

Powerful winger George Thomson has worked his way through the non-league to reach the football league and make an impact - and that he has done.

Thomson has settled comfortably in the EFL, and in 35 games had managed three goals and seven assists to help nurture the Sulphurites squad. The 28-year-old also averages a player rating of 7.1, showing his consistency and work rate down that right wing.

Carlos Mendes Gomes

A bit of a hidden gem in League Two that a few Championship clubs are reportedly sniffing around, Carlos Mendes Gomes has flourished this season.

The former Atletico Madrid dynamo is currently the Shrimps’ top scorer with 12 goals, but along with this he has managed two assists and an average player rating of 7.01. A powerful winger down that left side, Gomes has formed a formidable partnership with Cole Stockton up top.

  • Previous meeting

These two sides have only ever had the liberty of facing one another once in their existence, which came back in December. The only goal of the game came courtesy of Aaron Wildig, who helped guide Morecambe to a 1-0 victory at the Globe Arena.

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  • How to watch

​​​​​​​The match is available on iFollow via Harrogate or Morecambe's respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom.

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