Dixon’s men have Blackpool in sight

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Resurgent Morecambe will look to continue their strong league form when they take part in the Northern League’s stand-out fixture tomorrow.

The leaders head to Stanley Park to take on third-place Blackpool.

Morecambe go into the game on the back of last week’s hammering of lowly Preston, with title-holders Blackpool certain to be a much sterner test.

“Blackpool is a massive game, they’re third and are defending champions,” said Morecambe skipper Josh Dixon.

“I’ve just been trying to keep things calm and think top four is still a realistic target.

“We’re played superbly so far though and are in that pole position.

“We’re there for a reason and have just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

It is a double header fixture card in the Northern League this weekend.

However, the 13-team format means that the visit to Blackpool is Morecambe’s only game, with them sitting it out on Sunday.

To be topping the table at this stage of the campaign has meant a considerable turn in fortune for Morecambe.

The Woodhill Lane outfit finished in a modest ninth place last season.

With them having exited the Twenty/20 and the Readers Cup, they can train their full focus on the league.

Snapping at their heels in second place are Chorley, another side to have found their feet this term after a disappointing 2014.

Last Saturday’s maximum points victory over Lancaster lifted the Windsor Park side into second.

They are on their travels twice over the weekend, going to Fleetwood tomorrow.

On Sunday, Chorley make the much shorter visit to Fox Lane to play Leyland.

The derby with Leyland is always competitive and will be a good test.

Tomorrow, Leyland play host to St Annes who have struggled this summer and sit second bottom of the table.

Preston, without a win all summer in the league, have back-to-back home matches this weekend.

Tomorrow, they welcome Netherfield to West Cliff and the following day host Penrith.

Meanwhile, the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division reaches its half-way stage tomorrow.

The leadership has been keenly contested in the first 10 rounds of games, with Great Eccleston currently ruling the roost.

They have a four-point over Freckleton, with Garstang five points behind Freck.

Longridge are coming up on the rails having really hit some form in recent weeks – Ian Simpson’s side are unbeaten in 10 league and cup matches.

Great Ecc host BAC/EE Preston tomorrow and Freckleton play Thornton Cleveleys at Bush Lane.

Garstang tackle Vernon Carus, with Longridge away to Fulwood and Broughton.

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE: Blackpool v Morecambe, Darwen v Penrith, Fleetwood v Chorley, Lancaster v Barrow, Leyland v St Annes, Preston v Netherfield. Kendal no game

PALACE SHIELD PREMIER DIVISION: Croston v Penwortham, Freckleton v Thornton Cleveleys, Fulwood and Broughton v Longridge, Fylde v Hoghton, Garstang v Vernon Carus, Great Eccleston v BAC/EE Preston