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The Imps will be looking to build on the two-point gap at the top of the league, as well as continuing the unbeaten league run in 2019.

Bruno Andrade continued his impressive goal scoring form after bagging a second half brace against Boro last weekend, bringing his goal tally for the season to seven. 

The 25-year-old has now scored in every game he’s played in following his return from suspension against Notts County. 

The Imps are currently at the top of the SkyBet League Two table with 62 points to their name, two more than second placed Bury who beat Exeter City 1-0 at the weekend.

Recent Form

Jim Bentley’s side have started to turn their disappointing run of form around in recent weeks after winning two games on the bounce ahead of the Shrimps’ clash with league leaders Lincoln City this weekend.

Morecambe went eight games without a win between December and February with their last defeat coming against Bury almost a fortnight ago. 

The clash against the Shakers at the Globe Arena had a total of five goals, and saw Bury go 3-0 up by the hour mark.  

However, Morecambe attempted to scrape back a draw with two quick-fire goals between the 65th and 69th minute. 

The Shrimps go into the game following a busy schedule which saw them travel to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening. 

Debutant Aaron Collins wrote the headlines with a 90th minute winner cancelling out Jose Baxter’s equaliser which came 14 minutes before.

Morecambe’s first set of three points in 2019 also came away from home with a 1-0 win over Port Vale. February arrival, Collins was again the hero on the day scoring the winner 15 minutes from time. 

Collins has now scored two goals in two games for the Shrimps following his arrival from Wolves at the start of the month.

Last six league games: DLDLWW

League position: 20th     

Previous Meetings

Earlier in the season the Imps beat Morecambe 3-1 at Sincil Bank in front of 7,975 fans. 

City had three separate goal scorers on the day with Harry Anderson finding the back of the net after just seven minutes.

John Akinde converted a spot kick 12 minutes from half time before Jason Shackell added a third for the Imps four minutes later with a spectacular free-kick. 

Morecambe’s veteran wide man Kevin Ellison scored the Shrimps only goal of the game in the 80th minute. The 40-year-old has scored six goals this season, his last coming in a 2-1 defeat at home to Stevenage.

Last season City and Morecambe shared the points at both Sincil Bank and the Globe Arena. City’s home fixture ended 1-1 with Matt Green scoring Lincoln’s goal in the 70th minute which cancelled out Aaron Wildig’s earlier strike.

Prior to last season’s two SkyBet League Two games, the pair last met in February 2011. Ashley Grimes scored a brace as the Imps beat a travelling Morecambe side 2-0 at Sincil Bank. 

The former Man City youngster scored 15 league games in 27 appearances during his time at the club. 

In front of 1,194 fans Lee Thorpe scored a dramatic hat-trick in the First Round of the LDV Vans Trophy in November 2000. The forward scored two goals in the space of a minute taking the Imps through to the second round.

One to Watch – Aaron Collins

The 21-year-old has had an impressive start to life at the Globe Arena after scoring two in two for the Shrimps.

Collins started his career with Newport County in 2014 after being offered his first professional contract following Academy coach Mike Flynn’s recommendation. 

The forward previously worked at McDonalds prior to turning professional and experienced a loan spell with Merthyr Town in 2015. 

With Flynn still actively playing during his time coaching in Newport’s academy, a young Collins replaced the veteran midfielder against Swindon Town to make his debut in the 2014/15 Football League Trophy. 

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Burnley made an approach for the player in August 2015, however the deal was rejected with the player later joining Wolves during the January 2016 transfer window.

The former Wales U19 never made an appearance for Wolves with his only first team action being an unused sub against Rotherham in 2016. 

During his three-year spell with the club he experienced a total of five separate loan spells away from the club.

In January 2019, Collins had his contract terminated by Wolves, allowing him to join Morecambe until the end of the 2018/19 season on a free transfer.