Preview: Morecambe v Bolton

All the key information ahead of Friday night's visit to the Globe Arena

Morecambe v Bolton Wanderers
The Globe Arena
Friday 17 July, 2015
Kick-Off 7:30pm

Bolton Wanderers travel to Morecambe on Friday night in their first pre-season fixture on English soil ahead of the upcoming 2015/16 season, following their return from their pre-season training camp in Austria earlier this week.

After encouraging displays against strong opposition in the form of Sturm Graz and SC Paderborn, Neil Lennon’s men will be in for a difference test against Jim Bentley’s League Two side.

Morecambe have played just one pre-season match so far this summer, after recording a 5-0 victory over Kendal Town earlier this week.

After hosting Wanderers at the Globe Arena on Friday, the Shrimps will travel to Nantwich Town next week before concluding their summer preparations with home clashes against Bury and a Liverpool XI side.

Having seen Derik Osede, Dorian Dervite, Liam Feeney, Rob Hall and trialist Stephen Dobbie complete 90 minutes against SC Paderborn on Monday, manager Neil Lennon is expected to rotate his squad ahead of Friday’s visit to Morecambe.

Josh Vela could come back into contention after recovering from the virus that saw him sent home from the club’s Austria training camp, while Zach Clough, Emile Heskey, Oscar Threlkeld and Liam Trotter will be assessed after sitting out Monday’s defeat.

Max Clayton continues to step up his rehabilitation from a knee injured sustained last season, while David Wheater continues to work with the medical staff on a hamstring problem that prevented him from flying out to Austria.

LAST MORECAMBE XI (v Kendal, W5-0)
First Half: Roche, Beeley, Doyle, Dugdale, McGowan, Goodall, Murphy, Wildig, Devitt, Mullin, Pritchard.
Second half: Thompson, McGowan, Edwards, Parrish, Molyneux, Bailey, Kenyon, Fleming, Ellison, Barkhuizan, Kelleher.

A prolific goalscorer from midfielder, veteran Kevin Ellison’s performances show no sign of dipping for Morecambe as he was rewarded with a new one-year contract at the end of last season.

The 36-year-old joined the club on a free transfer from Rotherham United in May 2011, going on to record an impressive 17 goals in his first campaign with the club.

Continuing to net double figures in each of the seasons that have followed, Ellison, who was Morecambe’s joint-leading goalscorer last year, is already off the mark for this season having scored in Morecambe’s 5-0 victory over Kendal Town earlier this week.   

Supporters can follow live updates of the game via the club’s official Twitter account, @OfficialBWFC. Match highlights will feature on the club’s official YouTube account after the game.

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