League Two crisis club Morecambe have been forced to cancel their pre-season friendly against Workington AFC due to not being able to field a team, according to Workington AFC’s official Twitter account.
The Shrimps, who were relegated from League One last season, have stated that a number of their players have minor injuries and that they didn’t want to fulfil the fixture so they could avoid any more damage being caused.
Unfortunately tomorrow nights friendly v Morecambe has had to be cancelled due to the visitors not being able to raise a team 1/2 pic.twitter.com/DHfTfcchnh
— Workington AFC (@WorkingtonAFC) July 10, 2023
What’s been said?
With the game against Workington AFC originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday 11th July, Derek Adams’ side were due to take the trip to the non-league side for a pre-season friendly before the season gets underway.
However, the club didn’t want to take the risk of playing the game and risking more injury and as a result, cancelled the friendly with no promises the game will be rearranged.
A statement on Morecambe’s official website on the cancellation of the friendly reads: “We regret to inform supporters that tomorrow night’s friendly with Workington AFC has been cancelled.
“Due to having several players with minor knocks/injuries, we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the match in order not to aggravate the injuries further and cause damage to the squad ahead of the new league season.
“At present, we are currently discussing options around potential new dates if schedules allow. However, at present, the match is cancelled with no future date.”
Tomorrow night's scheduled friendly match with Workington AFC has been cancelled.
— Morecambe FC (@MorecambeFC) July 10, 2023
League Two Awaits
Morecambe are currently preparing for life back in League Two following two seasons plying their trade in League One, with the club being relegated alongside Forest Green Rovers, Accrington Stanley and MK Dons following a miserable campaign in the English third division.
During a summer which has seen the Shrimps start with only six contracted players after releasing all 14 players whose contract was expiring, some of the new additions at the Mazuma Stadium include goalkeeper Stuart Moore and defender Joel Senior, as well as Yann Songo’o and Jordan Slew also making a return to the club.
Personally, looking at the situation from the outside, a Football League club calling off a pre-season friendly against a lower league club is not a good look, especially as most clubs have academy players they can use instead of first-team players.
I understand why it’s been done however but it surely would’ve been an excellent occasion for Workington AFC in which with an EFL club playing a game there, it would’ve been a great opportunity for them to make some money and attract a good crowd.
They, amongst anyone else, will be hoping the game can get rearranged so they can have that payday, as well as entertain the locals with a good game of football against good opposition.