Morecambe sweating on Sam Lavelle's fitness ahead of season-opener

Morecambe defender Sam Lavelle hopes he will be available as they kick off their League Two season at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Friday, 3rd August 2018, 7:00 am
Sam Lavelle celebrated survival at Coventry City last season but believes Morecambe are good enough to be in the top half of League Two this time around (Photo: B&O Press Photo)

The defender missed the Shrimps’ final pre-season friendly against Fleetwood Town last weekend thanks to an ankle injury.

It leaves manager Jim Bentley sweating on the 21-year-old’s fitness with Steve Old the Shrimps’ only other senior centre-half.

Lavelle said: “I’ve done my ankle – it is not too bad but my main target is getting fit for Saturday so I didn’t want to make it worse last weekend and go back to square one.

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“I thought I’d have a few more days’ rest to be right for next week.”

Lavelle is hoping for a 
battle at the right end of the table this term after they just escaped the drop last year. He was part of the team who claimed the 
final-day goalless draw at Coventry City which kept them up on goal difference and relegated Barnet.

With new owners and an overhauled squad, there is a feeling of positivity at the club.

The hope is that the off-field boost can be reflected on the pitch, with last season’s League Two winners providing an example of what can be achieved.

Lavelle said: “We are hoping to challenge at the other end of the table.

“We are underdogs in the league, we have a low budget – everyone knows that – but the gaffer does a good job with the budget and I think we are good enough to be top half.

“We were a bit unlucky to finish were we did last season but we stayed up and hopefully we can push up towards the play-offs. That’s our ambition.

“Accrington are a similar-sized club to us and we all know what they did last season, so the football they played and the way they went about it shows it can be done.”