Amond back on fa­mil­iar ground

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GLOBE ARENA 3pm MORECAMBE v NEW­PORT NEW­PORT COUNTY striker Padraig Amond re­turns to for­mer club Morecambe this af­ter­noon hop­ing to fire his new one to all three points, writes Carl Field.

The 29-year-old Ir­ish­man was the Ex­iles’ match-win­ner on Tues­day night as Chel­tenham Town were beaten 1-0 at Rod­ney Pa­rade – a re­sult that cat­a­pulted County back into the League Two play-off places.

Amond has two goals in four league starts since ar­riv­ing from Hartle­pool United and is back at the Globe Arena to­day to face a side for whom he net­ted 21 goals in 90 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions be­tween 2013-15.

Morecambe, mean­while, cur­rently lie 20th in the ta­ble with just one win from their open­ing seven games – which came on the open­ing day at home against Chel­tenham.

“It’s a game I’m look­ing for­ward to,” said Amond ahead of a re­turn to his old stamp­ing ground.

“I’ve got a cou­ple of good friends there so it’ll be nice to go back and see ev­ery­one.

“It’s weird how it works be­cause the fol­low­ing week we’re play­ing Grimsby, an­other one of my for­mer clubs, and stuff like that ex­cites me.

“Any team that Jim Bent­ley puts out is al­ways a good team. He and Kenny McKenna do a very good job up there as a man­age­ment team and they’re very tal­ented peo­ple.”

Amond is cer­tainly en­joy­ing life at his new club and said he had no qualms about join­ing Mike Flynn’s side.

“One of the things I looked at when I was sign­ing was his record at the club and he’s got a fan­tas­tic record since he took over,” con­tin­ued Amond.

“Peo­ple were say­ing to me that I was join­ing a team that nearly got rel­e­gated last year, but I re­ally didn’t look at it that way.

“I looked at a team that had pro­mo­tion form so that was the ex­cit­ing thing for me.”

On what he thinks the team can achieve this term, Amond added: “At the minute I think it’s about tak­ing it one game at a time.

“But I also think we’ve proven that we’re as good as any­one in the league.

“It’s just get­ting that con­sis­tency which is the hard thing.

“Hope­fully, we can pick up an­other win at Morecambe and who knows where that’ll take us.”

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