Wycombe retain play-off hopes with last-ditch Akinfenwa equaliser

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Ellison 81           Akinfenwa 89

Morecambe and Wycombe Wanderers shared the points in the last game of the season at the Globe Arena yesterday. Kevin Ellison capped off a brilliant Morecambe move to take the lead in the 81st minute, before Adebayo Akinfenwa equalised for the away side in the latter stages of the game thanks to some poor defending from the Shrimps.

Both sides had a relatively good start to the game, and it was Wycombe who had the first real chance. Former Morecambe forward Garry Thompson found the ball in space in the eighth minute, but his shot went wide of the mark.

Three minutes later, the home side really should’ve gone in front. Michael Rose made a great run forward and he had a spectacular long-range shot saved by Jamal Blackman to his left.

Morecambe later had a series of chances, with Aaron McGowan making a beaming run to get on the end of Molyneux’s ball only for his shot to be blocked in the 19th minute. Moments later, Paul Mullin came close for the hosts – cutting through the defence and having his shot tipped over by the visiting keeper.

Wycombe’s best chance of the first half came in the 23rd minute when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed just wide on the end of a good cross.

Morecambe dominated chances however in the first half, with Ellison forcing a good reflex save from Blackman in the 27th minute.

The away side did have two quick chances in succession shortly before half time with Garry Thompson’s shot going just over in the 34th minute and then Sam Saunders’ powerful long-range three minutes later shot went just over the bar.

It was the home side who had the final chance of the half, with Aaron McGowan making a commanding run on the right-hand side only for his shot to go straight at the keeper. It was goalless at the interval.

Wycombe had the first chance of the second half, with Paul Hayes making a good run before playing the ball through to Luke O’Nien, whose shot went just wide of the goal.

Fifteen minutes later Kevin Ellison came very close to taking the lead for the hosts, with his header being blocked by Harriman following a pinpoint cross from Aaron McGowan.

Wycombe’s best chance of the game without scoring came in the 75th minute when Sam Saunders’ free kick was blocked by the wall shortly before substitute Paris Cowan-Hall headed onto the crossbar.

It was Morecambe who came up with the first goal of the game six minutes later, through Kevin Ellison. It was a good team goal which started with a good run from young debutant Steve Yawson, before Michael Rose played a good ball to McGowan whose cross met Ellison and the veteran had good footwork to turn and curl the ball round the keeper to score his ninth goal of the season.

The host’s lead nearly only lasted three minutes however, as Adebayo Akinfenwa found himself in acres of space but his shot was pushed away by Nizic to his right.

The away side were pushing for an equaliser, and Luke O’Nien headed into the hands of Nizic in the 88th minute. Just moments later the away side did equalise as a result of some poor defending. The Shrimps’ defence failed to clear their lines, and as a result Akinfenwa was able to slot the ball past Nizic to score his 18th goal of the season for Wycombe.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side then looked like they could’ve taken all three points near the end, as they pushed for a winner. A second goal, would’ve taken them into the play-off places. In the last minute of normal time, substitute Myles Weston put in a good ball through to Akinfenwa but the powerhouse’s header went just wide of the mark.

Wycombe’s very tall keeper Jamal Blackman came up for a corner in the fourth minute of added time, but the corner didn’t really come to anything as the Shrimps managed to defend it well. The last kick of the game, came when in the sixth minute of added time Myles Weston’s powerful attempt went over the bar.

The result means that Morecambe remain in 18th ahead of their final game of the season away to Luton Town next week, whilst Wycombe sit in 11th needing a win against Cambridge United next week to give them any chance of making the play-offs.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, Edwards 7, Whitmore 7, Winnard 7, McGowan 8 (Wakefield 84), Kenyon 8, Murphy 7 (c) (Fleming 56), Rose 7, Molyneux 7, Ellison 7, Mullin 7 (Yawson 77).

Booked: McGowan and Ellison

Sub ratings: Fleming 7, Yawson 7, Wakefield n/a

Subs not used: Roche, Conlan, Wildig, Evans

Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman 8, Harriman 7, Jombati 6, Pierre 7 (c), Jacobson 7 (Stewart 68), Bean 6, O’Nien 6, Saunders 8, Thompson 7 (Weston 82), Akinfenwa 7, Hayes (c) 6 (Cowan-Hall 63).

Booked: Pierre and Jacobson

Sub ratings: Stewart 7, Weston 7, Cowan-Hall 6,

Subs not used: Richardson, Bloomfield, Southwell, Gape,

Attendance: 1,742

 

 

Shrimps snatch late equaliser to dent Colchester’s play-off hopes

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Colchester United

Rose 88 pen        Brindley 22

Morecambe snatched a late equaliser against Colchester United today to essentially book their spot in League 2 next season. Richard Brindley scored an excellent free kick for Colchester in the first half, before Michael Rose’s late penalty cancelled the goal out to ensure the sides shared the points.

Colchester had a good start to the game, and came close just two minutes in with Tarique Fosu’s shot being blocked by Alex Kenyon and out for a corner.

Morecambe’s first chance came soon after however, with Paul Mullin’s long range effort not troubling keeper Sam Walker in the fourth minute – going straight into his hands.

Three minutes later, Aaron Wildig came close for the home side – cutting through the defence and having a shot saved by Walker to his left.

Paul Mullin then came close on two occasions, the first attempt going just over in the ninth minute before his long range effort went just wide in the eleventh minute.

The Shrimps then thought they’d taken the lead in the fifteenth minute, but Kevin Ellison’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Bentley’s side then came close five minutes later again through Paul Mullin. Alex Kenyon played a good ball through to Mullin from the left-hand side, and the striker’s shot was tipped over the bar by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

Despite Morecambe’s domination of proceedings early in the first half, it was Colchester who were first to score. The Essex side got themselves a free kick on the edge of the box after Alex Whitmore’s foul, and full back Richard Brindley made it look easy – curling it over the wall and beating Nizic to the left in the 22nd minute.

Chances were few and far between following the goal, with Colchester settling into the game. There was however a chance just before half time, with another free kick from Richard Brindley – but this time it went straight into the hands of Nizic so the away side led 1-0 at the break.

Four minutes into the second half, Morecambe full back Michael Duckworth had a shot blocked and similarly Colchester had a chance like this a minute later as Drey Wright’s shot was blocked by Winnard – the difference being it went out for a corner.

The Shrimps came close again ten minutes later, with some good build up play. They didn’t have the finishing product however, as Antony Evans’ shot went over the bar when the ball fell to him.

Colchester came close in the 62nd minute when Tom Eastman’s volley on the end of a corner went over the bar.

The away side came close again in the 70th minute when Danijel Nizic dropped the ball when trying to catch it from the corner and Tarique Fosu’s shot in response went over the bar.

Three minutes later Morecambe came close when substitute Antony Evans nodded on from a good ball to Kenyon – whose shot went just wide.

It was heartbreak for Colchester shortly before the death as they gave away a penalty – substitute Tommy O’Sullivan bringing down Antony Evans in the box. Michael Rose stepped up to take the spot kick, and it was taken coolly – placing it into the bottom right corner to equalise for the Shrimps in the 88th minute.

The equaliser spurred the home crowd on, and Bentley’s side almost got a winner in added time but Mullin’s free kick went over the bar.

The result means that the Shrimps remain in 17th ahead of their trip to Exeter City on Saturday, and Colchester move down a place to 10th ahead of their next game at home to Plymouth Argyle.

Morecambe: Nizic 6, Duckworth 7, Winnard 6 (c), Whitmore 7, Kenyon 7 (Murphy 83), McGowan 7, Rose 7, Fleming 7, Wildig 6 (Evans 45), Ellison 5 (Turner 79), Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Evans 8, Turner 7, Murphy 7.

Booked: Whitmore and Winnard

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Molyneux, Conlan.

Colchester United: Walker 7, Eastman 7, James 7, Elokobi 7, Brindley 8, Loft 6 (Wynter 76), Murray 6, Dickenson 7, Dr Wright 7 (Pyke 90), Fosu-Henry 6 (O’Sullivan 83), Porter 7.

Sub ratings: Wynter 7, O’Sullivan 6, Pyke n/a

Booked: Loft and Fosu-Henry

Subs not used: Briggs, Brill (GK), Kinsella, Di Wright.

Attendance: 1,447 (275 away)

 

Mintcakes enjoy comfortable victory over ten men Mossley

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Evo Stik League Division 1 North

Kendal Town 3-0 Mossley

Poole 17

Dudley 23,77

Kendal Town had a comfortable victory over a struggling Mossley side yesterday at Parkside Road. Matt Poole took the lead for the hosts seventeen minutes in, with a well placed header into the bottom left on the end of Sam Bailey’s cross before fellow striker Matt Dudley got a brace – including a particularly stunning finish in the 77th minute.

It was a relatively slow start to the game, with no notable chances in the opening fifteen minutes. The first bit of a real action came in the seventeenth minute when Kendal took the lead. Sam Bailey made a great run on the right-hand side, putting a great ball in towards Matt Poole – who headed past Will Jones in the bottom left corner.

Six minutes later, Poole’s fellow striker Matt Dudley doubled Kendal’s lead. Mossley failed to clear their lines, and they paid the price as Josh Draycott held the ball well before giving the ball to Dudley who buried the ball in the bottom left corner.

The Mintcakes had much of the play and in the 29th minute they almost made it three as Matt Poole played a good ball to the incoming full back Dan Thomas, but he could only hit the ball over the bar.

Five minutes later, there was more drama. Mossley forward Mitchell Bryant was sent off after an off the ball incident which saw him allegedly headbutt a Kendal player.

Kendal almost instantly capitalised on their one-man advantage with Matt Poole finding himself through on goal, but he could only shoot wide.

Mossley’s first real chance of the game came in the 40th minute when Matt Burke’s shot went over.

Kendal keeper Will Kitchen found himself busy on the brink of half time, as Liam Ellis had a shot saved by Kitchen to his left and then he had a header tipped over. Kendal led 2-0 at half time.

In the second half, the hosts sat back and Mossley had a series of chances – making a brighter start to the second half. Liam Ellis had three chances in quick succession for the home side, with his first not really troubling Kitchen in the 49th minute, before going just wide in the 51st and then shooting into the side netting three minutes later.

Tom Pratt came close for the away side in the 72nd minute forcing a save from Kitchen from close range, before his rebound went into the side-netting.

Despite Mossley’s dominance for much of the second half, Kendal managed to get a third goal in the 77th minute. Matt Dudley was on the receiving end of a good ball on the left-hand side before cutting in and striking the ball into the top-right corner in what was a sublime finish.

Ten minutes later, Mossley did get a penalty however. What happened though, summed up their day. Matt Burke stepped up to take the penalty, but it was saved easily by Will Kitchen to his right.

Burke came close to getting a consolation in the fourth minute of added time, but it went just over onto the top netting.

Kendal and Mossley remain in 11th and 20th place following the game, with Mossley needing just a point from their final two games to secure survival. Up next for the Mintcakes is Lancaster City away from home on Monday, whilst Mossley face Glossop North End at home.

Kendal Town: Kitchen 8, Freeland 7, Wardle 7, McDonald 7 (c), Thomas 7, Grundy 7, S Bailey 8, C Bailey 7, Draycott 7 (Hocor 60), Dudley 9, Poole 7 (Aspin 64).

Sub ratings: Hocor 6, Aspin 7.

Booked: McDonald, Grundy, Dudley, Poole.

Sub not used: McGahon.

Mossley: Jones 6, Henson 5, Dean 5 (c), Johnson 6, Scullion 4 (Byrnes 66), Ali 6, Burke 5, Pratt 6, Hill 6 (Harrison 58), Bryant 4, Ellis 7 (Duffy 82).

Sub ratings: Byrnes 6, Harrison 6, Duffy n/a

Booked: Henson, Dean, Johnson, Burke, Pratt.

Sent off: Bryant

Subs not used: Flynn, Quansah.

Attendance: 130

Shrimps and Pools share points in game of two halves

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Hartlepool United

Mullin 59           Amond 39

Struggling League 2 sides Morecambe and Hartlepool United shared the points on a stunning day at the Globe Arena today. Former Shrimp Padraig Amond opened the scoring for the away side towards the end of the first half after the ball was put on a plate for him, whilst in the second half Paul Mullin equalised for the home side with a header from close range.

It was a fairly slow start to the game, but Hartlepool had the better of the early stages – with much of possession and chances.  Their first chance came nine minutes in when Nicky Featherstone hit the ball over after some good pressure from the away side.

Five minutes later, Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Walker took the free kick, and it was blocked by the Morecambe wall before Nathan Thomas’ follow up shot was caught by Danijel Nizic on his line.

In the 19th minute the away side came close again with Scott Harrison’s volley going just wide of the mark.

Pools later had a series of chances through Rhys Oates. The 22 year old headed just over on the end of a corner in the 29th minute, before finding himself in space three minutes later only for his shot to not really trouble Nizic.

The away side got themselves in front shortly before half time. They passed their way round the Shrimps’ defence with ease before ex-Shrimps player Lewis Alessandra played a great ball through to a fellow former Shrimp Padraig Amond – who finished coolly past Nizic from close range in the 39th minute.

Morecambe’s first real chances of the game came on the brink of half time. Kevin Ellison headed just over from a corner in the 44th minute, before Paul Mullin came very close in stoppage time – cutting in from the right and forcing a save from Joe Fryer to his left. The away side led 1-0 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hartlepool came close to doubling their lead through Padraig Amond, but his shot was blocked by Ryan Edwards.

Morecambe managed to get back into the game just three minutes later however through Paul Mullin. The move started with a great ball from Kevin Ellison on the left, before Ryan Edwards’ shot was cleared off the line and then Paul Mullin won the battle with the keeper for the ball – heading home from two yards out.

The home side then kicked on from thereafter and came close in the 67th minute when Kevin Ellison’s shot was saved by Fryers to his right shortly before Fleming headed straight into the hands of the Middlesbrough loanee.

Ten minutes later Ellison came close again, with the ball falling to him unmarked after a throw in. The veteran forward could only despatch the ball well over the bar.

The Shrimps came remarkably close to scoring in the 80th minute. Lee Molyneux made a quick run to get the ball from the throw-in and he played a good ball through to fellow substitute Aaron Wildig – whose shot brought about a potentially season-saving block from Hartlepool defender Scott Harrison.

Hartlepool had a good spell towards the end of the game. In the 82nd minute, Michael Woods cut through the defence only for his shot to go wide and then in the 85th minute Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Padraig Amond’s free kick was blocked by the Morecambe wall, and then Scott Harrison’s follow up shot went over the bar.

Morecambe’s last chance came in the first minute of added time when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of a good ball from Andy Fleming.

Whilst it could be argued that Morecambe did enough to win the game following their second-half performance, it was Hartlepool who very nearly won the game at the end. Nathan Thomas made a great run, and his shot was blocked brilliantly by Ryan Edwards to ensure the game finished 1-1.

The result means that Morecambe move to 19th, eight points above the drop zone, whilst Hartlepool remain in 22nd – just three points above the drop zone following Newport’s 1-0 victory at Exeter City.

Up next for the Shrimps is Stevenage away from home on Good Friday, whilst Hartlepool United are up against Carlisle United at home in what will be a big game for both sides.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, McGowan 7, Whitmore 6, Edwards 7, Duckworth 6, Rose 6, Fleming 8, Turner 6 (Molyneux 66), Evans 6 (Wildig 66), Ellison 7, Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Molyneux 7, Wildig 6.

Booked: Mullin

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Jordan, Murphy, Winnard.

Hartlepool United: Fryer 7, Richardson 6, Harrison 7, Walker 6, Donnelly 6, Alessandra 6 (Rodney 81), Woods 6, Featherstone 7, Thomas 6, Oates 7 (Deverdics 90+4), Amond 7.

Sub ratings: Rodney 6, Deverdics n/a

Subs not used: Magnay, Bates, Hawkins, Rooney, Dudzinski (GK).

Attendance: 1,548 (436 away)

 

Late Ibrahimovic penalty rescues a point for frustrated United

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Barclays Premier League

Manchester United 1-1 Everton

Ibrahimovic 90+4 pen   Jagielka 22

Williams s/o

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued a point for Manchester United last night against Ronald Koeman’s Everton. The Swedish veteran converted a penalty in what was the last kick of the game, after Ashley Williams was sent off for a hand ball. Phil Jagielka had previously opened the scoring for the visitors in the 22nd minute, slotting home from close range on the end of a corner.

Manchester United started the game really well, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming close five minutes in. The striker broke through the defence to be one-on-one with the keeper and his shot was pushed away by Joel.

Jose Mourinho’s side played a good passing game early in the first half, and they strung many passes together before Jesse Lingard’s shot went just wide of the goal in the 12th minute.

Four minutes later the hosts came close again, with Ibrahimovic playing a good ball through to Rashford. The youngster’s shot went just wide of the mark, but had he scored it wouldn’t have counted as he was offside.

Everton had their first chance of the game in the 21st minute after some good counter-attacking football. Gareth Barry played a good aerial ball to Mirallas, who was unmarked, and the Belgian’s shot from close range was saved by De Gea to his right. The corner was poorly defended by the home side, and Koeman’s side took the lead as captain Phil Jagielka got a slight touch of the ball on its way in.

The away side then grew into the game, and Romelu Lukaku looked particularly threatening. He was on the receiving end of a good ball just five minutes after the opening goal, and his shot went just wide of the mark.

Manchester United did come very close to getting back into the game in the 31st minute however. Daley Blind took a brilliant free kick, forcing Joel into a brilliant save to his right before Herrera’s rebound went over.

United looked shaky at the back, and Lukaku got through the defence quite easily in the 39th minute only for his shot to be blocked by Young. Everton led 1-0 at half time.

Jose Mourinho decided to bring Paul Pogba on at half time in place of Daley Blind, and the £89 million man made a quick impact on the game – heading onto the crossbar ten minutes into the second half.

Marouane Fellaini came close for United on two occasions soon after one another, shooting just wide from close range in the 62nd minute and then having a header saved by Joel to his left two minutes later.

United continued to dominate proceedings at Old Trafford, and they thought they had an equaliser in the 72nd minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home on the end of a great ball from Ander Herrera but the goal was ruled out for offside – although TV replays suggest that the Swedish star wasn’t offside.

Five minutes later Mourinho’s side came close again, with Marcos Rojo heading just over the bar on the end of a great ball by Paul Pogba.

Everton were fairly resolute at the back, having brought on an extra defender in Matthew Pennington in the 67th minute – and they also looked threatening on the counter attack. In the 79th minute, Romelu Lukaku came fairly close but his attempt was prevented thanks to an outstanding last ditch block from Eric Bailly.

Everton continued to frustrate Manchester United at the back, and it looked like they were on their way to winning the game when Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed over on the end of a great ball from Rashford in the 89th minute. However, their work was undone in the last minute of added time. Luke Shaw’s powerful shot from the edge of the box was blocked by the hand of Ashley Williams. Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot, and sent off Ashley Williams for the hand ball.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped up and beat Joel with a well-composed penalty down the right-hand side to secure a point for the Red Devils.

The result means that Jose Mourinho’s side remain in fifth, with Arsenal able to overtake them if they beat West Ham United tonight. Up next for United is Sunderland away from home on Saturday. Everton remain comfortably in seventh, with a thirteen point gap between them and West Brom. They face Leicester City next at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Manchester United: De Gea 6, Young 6 (Shaw 65), Bailly 8, Rojo 6, Blind 6 (Pogba 45), Carrick(c) 7 (Mkhitaryan 65), Herrera 7, Lingard 7, Fellaini 5, Rashford 7, Ibrahimovic 7.

Booked: Young

Sub ratings: Pogba 7, Shaw 8, Mkhitaryan 6.

Subs not used: Martial, Romero (GK), Fosu-Mensah, Darmian.

Everton: Joel 8, Holgate 7, Williams 7, Jagielka(c) 7, Baines 7, Gueye 7, Barry 7, Mirallas 7 (Pennington 67), Barkley 7 (Calvert-Lewin 80), Davies 7, Lukaku 8.

Booked: Joel, Gueye, Barry, Davies.

Sent off: Williams

Sub ratings: Pennington 7, Calvert-Lewin 7.

Subs not used: E Valencia, Stekelenburg (GK), Lookman, Kenny, Williams.

Attendance: 75,272

Preston and Forest share points in entertaining encounter

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Sky Bet Championship

Preston North End 1-1 Nottingham Forest

McGeady 52                  Assombalonga 22

Preston North End shared the points with Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest in an entertaining encounter at Deepdale today. Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring in the 22nd minute for the visitors with a sublime finish, whilst Aiden McGeady equalised early in the second half with a well composed finish.

The home side made a very good start to the game, with Paul Gallagher coming close within the first minute. The midfielder cut through the defence, and his powerful shot was tipped over by the keeper.

Five minutes later Simon Grayson’s side tested the Forest defence again, with Tom Barkhuizen hitting the away team on the break. He found himself with only the keeper to beat, but his shot went straight at the keeper. Just moments later, Barkhuizen’s fellow forward Jordan Hugill came close with a shot going just over the bar after cutting in from the left-hand side.

Daryl Horgan also came close for the home side in the 11th minute, but his shot was deflected and went out for a corner.

Nottingham Forest had their first chance of the game two minutes later, when Ben Osborn’s header on the end of a good ball went just over the bar.

The away side came close again in the 19th minute when Ben Brereton’s header was caught by Maxwell – who nearly went over his line with the ball. Forest then found themselves in front three minutes later through Britt Assombalonga. Former Bolton midfielder Zach Clough did much of the work for the goal, making a great run before playing a good through ball to Assombalonga who was able to slot the ball past Maxwell in the bottom-left corner.

The away side’s lead very nearly lasted just ten minutes. Forest’s keeper Jordan Smith managed to fumble the ball after it came in from the right-hand side, but luckily for him Eric Lichaj was able to make a last ditch clearance in order to prevent Aiden McGeady from getting his name on the scoresheet for the time being.

Just before half time, Nottingham Forest could have doubled their lead. Ben Brereton made a cracking run with the ball, finding himself one-on-one with Maxwell only for the keeper to save the shot with his legs. Warburton’s side deservedly led 1-0 at the break.

Preston made a swift start to the second half, making two half-time substitutions and changing their shape. The plan appeared to be working, as the side were looking more threatening going forward. Four minutes into the second half, Tom Barkhuizen had a powerful shot going just over the bar.

Three minutes later, the home side were back in the game. It was Aiden McGeady who got himself on the scoresheet for Simon Grayson’s side, latching on the end of a good ball and burying the ball past the keeper in the bottom left corner.

Nottingham Forest came close on two occasions shortly after the goal, with Zach Clough’s shot going wide in the 57th minute and Ben Osborn’s powerful shot going just wide of the goal five minutes later.

Callum Robinson had a chance for Preston in the 70th minute, cutting in from the left hand side only for his shot to go straight at the keeper. Two minutes later, PNE came close to scoring again. Centre-back Paul Huntington forced Smith into a great save to his right with a powerful header on the end of a great cross from Paul Gallagher.

Little was to come after this, and the game could’ve gone either way. Forest had one last chance at the end of the game to get a winner, but the free kick went well over the bar.

Following the draw, Preston sit in 8th and face Bristol City at home on Tuesday night whilst Forest are in 20th place just two points above the drop zone.

Preston North End: Maxwell 7, Clarke (c) 7, Boyle 5 (Baptiste 45), Huntington 6, Cunningham 6, Horgan 6 (Robinson 45), Gallagher 7 (Browne 84), Pearson 6, McGeady 8, Barkhuizen 6, Hugill 5.

Sub ratings: Robinson 7, Baptiste 6, Browne n/a

Booked: Boyle, Pearson, Robinson

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Beckford, Spurr, May.

Nottingham Forest: Smith 7, Lichaj 7, Worrall 7, Fox 6, Pinillos 6, Vaughan 7, Clough 8 (Cash 73), Cohen 7, Osborn 7, Brereton 8 (Ward 62), Assombalonga 7 (Vellios 73).

Sub ratings: Ward 7, Vellios 6, Cash 5

Booked: Lichaj, Fox, Pinillos.

Subs not used: Mancienne, Tshibola, Carayol, Evtimov (GK).

Attendance: 12,459

 

 

 

Shrimps slump to defeat against play-off hopefuls Mansfield

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-3 Mansfield Town

Mullin 6              D Rose 4,33

Whiteman 39

Morecambe slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat, ensuring they didn’t pick up any points in March, with a 3-1 loss against Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena yesterday.

Mansfield started the game very well, and were straight out of the traps. Matt Green headed just over the bar on the end of a good cross three minutes in, shortly before Danny Rose put the Stags in front. The away side caught the Shrimps defence half-asleep, with a quick throw-in making its way towards the former Bury frontman – who buried the ball from close range with ease.

The away side’s lead only lasted two minutes however, as Paul Mullin equalised for the home side. Roche played a good long ball towards Mullin, who only had the last man to beat. He beat the defender, and slotted the ball past Mansfield keeper Kean.

Morecambe grew into the game gradually, and Aaron Wildig came close in the eighth minute with his shot deflecting off a defender and going out for a corner. Michael Rose then had a good attempt at goal with his curved shot going just over the bar in the 14th minute for the home side.

Mansfield later had a few chances, exposing Morecambe’s weak defence. Shaquile Coulthirst cut through the defence with ease from the left-hand side, shooting straight at Roche in the 17th minute and then five minutes later Alex MacDonald’s goal-bound free kick deflected off Matt Green and went wide.

Roughly ten minutes later, the away side were back in front. Roche played out a poor goal-kick along the floor to Michael Rose, who didn’t take full control of the ball, and as a result Danny Rose was able to capitalise on this for the away side with a good run and a shot beating Roche to his left despite the keeper getting a touch to the ball on its way in.

Morecambe came close five minutes later, after a good ball to Turner. He made a run before giving the ball to Fleming, who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Just moments later, Mansfield went up the other end and got a third goal. Peterborough loanee Shaquile Coulthirst was on the receiving end of a good ball, and he was able to play it to Benjamin Whiteman – who buried the ball pass Roche to extend the Stags’ lead. Steve Evans’ side led 3-1 at half time.

Morecambe began the second half with great attacking intent. Aaron Wildig found himself through on goal, forcing Kean to make a good diving save to his left just fifteen seconds in.

Five minutes later however, Mansfield came close to getting a fourth goal. Danny Rose got through on goal as Luke Conlan fell, but luckily for the home side Dean Winnard managed to track back and diminish the threat that Rose posed, meaning that he could only shoot straight at Roche in the end. Shaquile Coulthirst later came close for the away side on 54 minutes, with his shot parried away by Roche.

There was action at both ends, with Paul Mullin finding an opening for the Shrimps two minutes later. The striker found himself in a good position to shoot, but his effort with his weaker foot went well wide of the mark.

Morecambe were forced to defend again, with Whiteman’s shot being blocked by Winnard. Whitmore’s clearance came off Coulthirst and luckily for the Burnley loanee the ball went over in the 61st minute.

There was little action for much of the rest of the second half, but Coulthirst’s shot went just wide in the 87th minute.

Substitute Luke Jordan had a late attempt on goal blocked by the defence for Morecambe a minute from time.

It was yet another poor day at the office for the Shrimps, and as a result they now sit in 19th place in the League 2 table. They face Cheltenham Town away from home next week. Mansfield on the other hand remain in ninth position, and are now just a point off the play-offs. They face Exeter City at home in their next game.

Morecambe: Roche 5, Duckworth 6, Winnard 5 (c), Whitmore 6, Conlan 6 (Molyneux 75), Rose 5, Fleming 7 (Evans 68), Turner 6 (Jordan 65), Wildig 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Sub ratings: Evans 6, Jordan 6, Molyneux 6

Booked: Duckworth and Winnard

Subs not used: Wakefield, McGowan, Murphy, Maher (GK).

Mansfield Town: Kean 7, White 6, Bennett 7, Howkins 6, Benning 7, MacDonald 7 (Potter 86), Byrom 7, Whiteman 7, Green 6 (Baxendale 80), Coulthirst 6, Rose 8 (Arquin 76).

Sub ratings: Arquin 7, Baxendale n/a, Potter n/a

Booked: Benning and Rose.

Subs not used: Taft, Jensen (GK), Hamilton, McGuire.

Attendance: 1,497