Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of tonight's big game with our full and in-depth preview of the action.
Morecambe v Barrow
Tuesday 1st December 2020, 6.30pm
The Mazuma Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Morecambe have had a mixed start to the new League Two campaign and lie 14th in the table ahead of tonight’s meeting with Barrow at The Mizouma Stadium.
Derek Adams’ side have won just one of their last nine League Two outings but were boosted at the weekend as they defeated Solihull Moors in the FA Cup to set up a Third Round trip to Chelsea.
The Shrimps home form has been a cause for concern to Adams, with their sole league victory on home soil coming at the beginning of October when they overcame Port Vale 1-0.
However, their excellent form on the road where they have already won four times, has meant they have kept themselves within touching distance of the top seven and sit just three points shy of play-off spot ahead of kick-off tonight.
One To Watch
Morecambe fans were delighted when it was confirmed that midfield star Adam Phillips had returned to The Mazuma Stadium on a season-long loan deal.
The Burnley man scored four goals in 11 starts for The Shrimps in a loan stay during the second half of last term and he’s had a similar impact at the beginning of 2020/21.
The 22-year-old is Morecambe’s top scorer with seven goals in all competitions so far and five of those have come in League Two so Barrow will have to keep a close eye on him tonight.
Head To Head
Whilst the two teams have played each other in pre-season competition, this evening’s encounter will be the first time they have ever met in the Football League.
You have to go back more than 20 years for the last time the two clubs shared a division and that was when they were in the fifth tier together and both fixtures went in favour of the home side.
The Bluebirds have a decent enough record in Morecambe over the years at The Shrimps’ previous Christie Park home – they won on 14 of the 27 times they visited.
Thomas Bramall will be the man in the middle for tonight’s derby action as Barrow make the trip to face Morecambe at The Mazuma Stadium.
The official is now in to his third season on the EFL’s list of referees and has so far taken charge of 12 games this term, mainly operating in League One.
Bramall’s most recent appointment came as recently as Sunday when he oversaw Stockport County’s thrilling 3-2 FA Cup win over Yeovil Town at Edgeley Park.
The bookies are struggling to separate the two teams and have Morecambe ranked as a 7/4 shot for victory and Barrow at 29/20, with a draw priced at 9/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.
Match Passes to watch this evening’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – fans are reminded that Season Ticket holders do not get free access to away games.
You can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while oversea supporters pay £7.
We will also provide an audio commentary of tonight’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will describe all the action as it unfolds.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.