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League Two more competitive than ever - Lavelle

Morecambe skipper Sam Lavelle is preparing to lead his side through the run-in

11 March 2020

Morecambe captain Sam Lavelle believes the standard of football in Sky Bet League Two is improving year-on-year, and is looking forward to what promises to be an exciting run-in.

The Shrimps currently sit two places and 10 points above bottom-placed Stevenage, having played 37 of their 46 league games in 2019/20, and are looking to secure their League status for another season.

Twenty-three-year-old Lavelle, who signed a new deal at the club in October, believes the division is tougher than ever, and says it's vital Morecambe continue to compete.

"We're in a much stronger position than we were six weeks ago, looking back," he said. "We're 10 points clear of Stevenage now, so we're in a good position but want to secure it over the next few games.

"It's massive for a club like Morecambe to stay in the League, especially because it can be hard to come back up, as we've seen. There's no reason why, if we do stay up, we can't compete at the other end next year.

"There's so much quality in the division now, it's a really good standard. It's getting better every year, players are more athletic than ever and so that makes it a good challenge."

Next up for Morecambe is a match against automatic promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle, who are one of a number of big-name Clubs in the division.

"That's why staying up each year is such a good achievement," Lavelle added. "We showed against Crewe Alexandra, who are also right up there, that we can compete and we did the same against Bradford City.

"These are big Clubs, but we do well every year to compete with them and we'll hope to do even more of that next year."

Sam was speaking as part of the annual EFL Day of Action, an event which brings together all EFL Clubs to showcase the best of their work in the community.

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