NEWPORT County AFC are on a revenge mission against Morecambe and danger man Kevin Ellison this weekend.
The Shrimps ended last season as bottom feeders in League Two, finishing 18th, and are amongst the bookies favourites to go down this year.
But Jim Bentley’s men beat County home and away in 2013/14 with a little help from Exiles defender Tom Naylor and some gamesmanship from wily winger Ellison.
Loan signing Naylor scored two own goals and conceded the match-winning penalty as Ellison went down and Morecambe triumphed 3-2 at Rodney Parade last September.
In the return match in Morecambe in March, Naylor scored the opening goal but was then sent off when he was adjudged to have brought down Ellison in the box and the Exiles suffered a 4-1 defeat.
After an appeal against the red card failed in March, County manager Justin Edinburgh told the Argus: “I firmly believe that there was no contact and the officials got conned on the evening.
“It was bad enough giving the penalty but to send Tom off as well was unacceptable. There was no contact.”
There is no Naylor in the Exiles squad to play at the Globe Arena on Saturday after he returned to parent club Derby County this summer.
But assistant manager Jimmy Dack certainly hasn’t forgotten those matches and he says the County players are looking to settle a few scores.
“They did the double over us last season and that hurt us,” said Dack. “But we did the double over Wycombe last year and they came back and bit us on the backside last week so we want to do the same to Morecambe.
“We’re going up there in a positive frame of mind and looking for three points.
“Morecambe started well last year,” he added. “I think we all remember Tommy Naylor had a tough two games against them.
“That’s why their supporters were singing ‘there’s only one Tom Naylor’ at the end of the game up there.
“But we played well against them, especially at home.
“I think they’re a good side but they tailed off towards the end of last season.
“They have a lot of experience and Ellison seems to be a thorn in our side,” he said of the 35-year-old former Hull City and Tranmere Rovers man.
“He manages the game and the referee and get fouls all the time.
“He’s a clever old pro and our players have got to learn to deal with people like that.”