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7 May 2021

Match Previews


7 May 2021

The Bantams will conclude their 2020/21 season - when travelling to Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon.

Derek Adams’ side have enjoyed a successful season and will be promoted to Sky Bet League One, should they better Bolton Wanderers’ result at Crawley Town. 

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through all of the key information and insight into our final opponents this campaign.


Morecambe brought in three new additions in the January window, as two players headed in the opposite direction.

INS: Kyle Letheren (Chesterfield), Brad Lyons (Blackburn Rovers, loan), Alex Denny (Salford City).

OUTS: Jökull Andrésson (Reading, recalled from loan), Adam Phillips (Burnley, recalled from loan).


Carlos Mendes Gomes

After coming through the Atletico Madrid academy, Mendes Gomes signed a permanent contract for West Didsbury & Chorlton in 2016. Whilst with the Manchester-based outfit, he made over 50 appearances and scored seven goals.

Since joining Morecambe in 2018, the 22-year-old has made 87 appearances, scoring 17 and assisting four, and has proved one of the Shrimps' most influential players this season. 

Toumani Diagouraga

Diagouraga is a graduate of the Watford academy and has represented 13 different clubs since making his professional debut in 2003. The experienced midfielder enjoyed spells at Hereford United, Peterborough United, Brentford, Leeds United and Ipswich Town.

The 33-year old joined the Shrimps from Swindon Town in 2020 and has made 51 appearances, scoring four and assisting three. 

Cole Stockton

Now in his third spell with Morecambe, the 27-year-old striker has scored 31 goals in 113 appearances for the Lancashire-based outfit.

Stockton made his first senior appearance for Tranmere Rovers in 2011 and has since gone on to play for Vauxhall Motors, Southport, Hearts, Carlisle United at Wrexham.

Kelvin Mellor

Mellor enjoyed two years at the Utilita Energy Stadium before penning a permanent deal with the Shrimps in 2020. The 6ft 2ins defender has featured 39 times for Derek Adams’ side.

The 30-year-old has played for eight other clubs, including Nantwich Town, Crewe Alexandra,  Plymouth Argyle and Blackpool. During his time at Gresty Road, he won the 2013 EFL Trophy - helping beat Southend United 2-0 at Wembley Stadium in the final.


Sam Lavelle has made 191 career appearances since coming through the Blackburn Rovers academy. He signed for Morecambe in 2017 and picked up the captain's armband at the start of this season.

The 24-year-old defender played internationally with Scotland’s youth teams but has failed to break into the senior side. 


Derek Adams enjoyed most of his playing career in the Scottish Premiership, featuring for Aberdeen, Livingston, Ross County and Motherwell. During his time spent at Fir Park, the midfielder made over 150 appearances, scoring 18 goals. 

The 45-year-old was appointed manager of Ross County in 2007 until 2010. A brief spell as assistant manager at Hibernian followed before returning to the Staggies for another three years.

Adams took charge of Plymouth Argyle in 2015 where he guided the club to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final in his first season, losing to AFC Wimbledon. The following season, the Pilgrims went one better and secured automatic promotion, finishing second in the table.

He joined Morecambe towards the end of 2019, following the departure of long-serving manager Jim Bentley.


The Shrimps moved to within one point of Bolton Wanderers in third - after securing a 2-0 win against Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium. 

Walsall 0

Morecambe 2 (Stockton 45+2', Songo'o 77')

Sky Bet League Two 

Saturday May 1

Morecambe: Letheren, Cooney, Lavelle, Knight-Percival (Davis 90+4'), Hendrie, Songo'o (Kenyon 90+3'), Diagouraga, McAlinden (Denny 89'), Lyons, Price (Pringle 62'), Stockton.

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