Shrimps Slump To Third Consecutive Defeat

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Morecambe 1-2 Newport County

Miller 60 Boden 1,69

Morecambe slumped to their third consecutive defeat in League 2, as they lost 2-1 to Welsh side Newport County.

Newport took the lead very early on as they were gifted a goal, with Morecambe failing to defend what appeared to be a poor corner and Scott Boden slotting home in the first minute of the game.

Morecambe could’ve equalised almost instantly however when Kevin Ellison had a shot deflected on to the crossbar by a defender, and then his header from the corner hit the cross bar.

In the twelfth minute, the Shrimps had another excellent chance to equalise when Tom Barkhuizen was clean through on goal. His shot was saved by the feet of Mitchell Beeney, and then Jamie Devitt had a shot that was cleared off the line. Jim Bentley’s side were looking threatening at this point in the game.

Neither side were very threatening for most of the first half however, with both sides having poor spells of play. The visitors went in leading at the break.

Kevin Ellison had Morecambe’s first chance in the second half, when his shot was saved comfortably by Beeney in the Newport goal.

Ten minutes later Morecambe equalised through Shaun Miller, who hit a stunning shot from long range surprising everyone in the ground as it didn’t look like it was coming.

Devitt then had a big chance to put the hosts in front in the 67th minute, when he hit a powerful shot just wide. However, Newport then took the lead two minutes later through Scott Boden who got on the end of a brilliant cross to score his second goal of the game.

Kevin Ellison found himself in some threatening positions, and had two shots almost identical to each other in the 80th and 87th minute respectively with both going just wide of the goal.

Despite five minutes of added time, Morecambe failed to put enough pressure on the visitors and Warren Feeney’s side held on to take the three points back to South Wales.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley(c), Dugdale, Parrish, Conlan, Fleming, Goodall (Mullin 77), Devitt, Ellison, Barkhuizen, Miller.

Subs not used: O’Hara, Edwards, Doyle, Molyneux, Wilson.

Booked: Conlan and Ellison.

Newport County: Beeney, Holmes, Jones, Hughes, Davies, Rodman, Byrne(c), Elito, Smalley (Barrow 73), Boden, Wilkinson (Ayina 85)

Subs not used: Taylor, Ralph, Green, Owen-Evans, Dymond.

Booked: Boden.

Attendance: 1,342

Morecambe Newport County
Possession 51% 49%
Shots 13 10
Shots on Target 4 5
Corners 2 4
Fouls 13 13



Two Late Goals Sink Morecambe

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Morecambe 1-2 Mansfield Town

Mullin pen 71  Clements 86 Yussuf 90

Two late goals from Chris Clements and Adi Yussuf was enough for Mansfield to snatch the three points at the Globe Arena this evening.

It was a very uneventful first half, with neither side having many chances, and it wasn’t very entertaining to watch from a fan’s point of view.

Mansfield had their only threatening chance in the first half when centre-half Krystian Pearce shot wide in the 28th minute after the ball fell to him in the box.

Paul Mullin had Morecambe’s best chance of the first half when he cut inside the box and had a left-footed shot well saved by visiting keeper Scott Shearer, before Ellison was ruled out offside when the ball fell to him in the 37th minute.

There wasn’t really any other moments of significance in the first half, and it was rather dull from both sides to say the least.

Luckily in the second half the game brightened up, and Paul Mullin could’ve scored in the 57th minute but he didn’t seem to have enough confidence to shoot.

Just moments later, Jim Bentley made three subs and these tactical changes paid dividends. One of the subs, Jamie Devitt, made a real difference to the Shrimps from the moment he came onto the pitch with the runs he was making and he changed the pace of the game as a result.

In the 70th minute Irishman Devitt put a good ball into the box and Kevin Ellison was brought down in the box by former Accrington defender Nicky Hunt, to give the Shrimps a penalty. Striker Paul Mullin scored the resultant penalty with a powerful shot to the bottom right of the goal to put the hosts in front.

Tom Barkhuizen, another Shrimps sub, could’ve doubled the lead five minutes later when he was clean through on goal, only for his shot to go wide.

Ten minutes later, Mansfield punished Morecambe for their lapse in concentration at the back when Chris Clements scored the rebound after Roche parried away Green’s initial shot.

The away side then scored the winning goal in the 90th minute, when some poor defending from the Shrimps led to substitute Adi Yussuf slotting home from close range to ensure that the Stags took back the three points to the Midlands.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley(c), Edwards (Barkhuizen 59), Parrish, Dugdale, Wilson, Molyneux (Devitt 59), Kenyon (Goodall 59), Fleming, Ellison, Mullin.

Subs not used: O’Hara, Doyle, Miller, Conlan

Mansfield Town: Shearer, Hunt(c), Pearce, Collins, Tafazolli, Blair (Kavanagh 83), McGuire (Thomas 83), Baxendale, Clements, Beardsley (Yussuf 74), Green.

Subs not used: Jensen, Chapman, Westcarr, Lambe

Attendance: 1,047

Morecambe Mansfield Town
Possession 51% 49%
Shots 6 9
Shots on Target 4 4
Corners 1 7
Fouls 3 7






Shrimps Overcome Yeovil in Snowy Conditions

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Morecambe 2-1 Yeovil Town

Ellison 74 Miller 80     Ward 69

Morecambe earned their second victory of 2016 in their first home game on a Saturday since October in snowy conditions today at the Globe Arena.

Both sides had early chances but it was the away side who had a very good chance to score when Ryan Edwards brought down a Yeovil player in the box, and they were awarded a penalty.

Matty Dolan stepped up to take the penalty, but it was saved by Barry Roche down to his right. This proved to be a very crucial moment of the game.

Morecambe came very close to taking the lead in the 27th minute when Jamie Devitt put in a cracking ball towards Aaron Wildig, whose powerful shot hit the post. Jim Bentley’s side weren’t short of chances in the first half, and they thought that they’d finally taken the lead in the 42nd minute when Kevin Ellison diverted Wildig’s shot into the goal but it was disallowed because the veteran forward was in an offside position.

The two sides went in level at the break, and the Shrimps players may have felt that they could’ve been at least 2-0 up at this point.

In the second half Morecambe lost star midfielder Aaron Wildig early on through a hamstring injury, which was a big blow, but this didn’t faze the Shrimps as Shaun Miller came very close to scoring in the 56th minute with him being clean through on goal only for his shot to be saved by the legs of Krysiak in the Yeovil goal.

Two minutes later Jim Bentley’s side had another excellent chance to go in front when Devitt hit a brilliant curved shot goalwards that was well saved by Krysiak to his left, and then Ellison scored the rebound only for it to be ruled out for offside again.

Roughly ten minutes later, Yeovil took the lead completely against the run of play when Darren Ward took advantage of a mistake from Barry Roche to put the ball in the back of the net.

The away side’s lead lasted only five minutes however, as Kevin Ellison equalised with a spectacular finish in the top corner of the goal just as he was going to ground. Another five minutes later, the Shrimps took the lead when Jamie Devitt put a cracking ball into the box after Fleming’s interception and in-form striker Shaun Miller curled the ball round the keeper with his left foot in what turned out to be the winning goal.

Towards the end of the game, Yeovil piled on the pressure and could’ve equalised right at the death when Iffy Allen got the ball in the box unmarked but his shot went well over the crossbar.

Morecambe move up to 13th, just four points off the play offs, whereas Yeovil remain in 23rd two points from safety.

Morecambe: Roche, Parrish, Dugdale(c), Edwards, Wilson, Fleming, Kenyon, Wildig (Mullin 48), Ellison, Devitt (Goodall 89), Miller

Subs not used: O’Hara, Doyle, Conlan, Molyneux, Hedley.

Booked: Fleming, Devitt, Miller

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Roberts, Tozer, Sokolik, Ward, Dickson, Walsh (Campbell 86), Dolan, Compton (Allen 80), Jeffers (Bird 90+1), Zoko.

Subs not used: Smith, Laird, Weale, Lacey.

Booked: Ward, Walsh, Zoko.

Attendance: 1,340 (133 away)

Morecambe Yeovil Town
Shots 20 16
Shots on Target 7 6
Corners 6 12
Possession 52% 48%
Fouls 7 13



Shrimps Share The Spoils With The Grecians

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Morecambe 1-1 Exeter City

Miller 49 pen      Stockley 54

Morecambe drew 1-1 to Exeter City last night in a game that could’ve gone either way had more chances been taken.

It was a reasonably quiet first half at the Globe Arena, which was hosting its first game since December 1st.

Both sides had half chances, with Morecambe having some good attacking play but it came to nothing as no one managed to get on the end of threatening balls. The Shrimps’ best chance in the first half came in the first ten minutes, when Andy Fleming had a spectacular volley well saved by Exeter keeper Bobby Olejnik.

In the second half the Shrimps started very well, and in the 49th minute they were awarded a penalty after Adam Dugdale’s shot hit the hand of an Exeter defender. The referee hesitated but eventually awarded the penalty, and this was converted by Shaun Miller who scored his tenth goal of the season despite the keeper getting a slight touch to it.

Morecambe’s lead lasted only five minutes however, as Exeter equalised through debutant Jayden Stockley who scored a great volley from a pinpoint cross without any credible opposition from the Shrimps’ centre-halfs.

Following the equaliser, the Grecians began to control possession. However, Morecambe did have a brilliant chance to score from a set piece ten minutes after the equaliser. Jamie Devitt had a free kick just outside the box and his shot was goal bound, but Bobby Olejnik managed to parry the ball out for a corner.

Exeter City midfielder Tom McCready, who spent six months at the Globe Arena last season, found himself taking a free kick in a very similar position to Devitt at the other end and just like the Irishman, McCready’s free kick was goalbound but Roche managed to parry the ball out for a corner.

Paul Tisdale’s side dominated the majority of the second half, and could’ve sealed a win in the 88th minute through Jayden Stockley but his header hit the cross bar much to the relief of the Morecambe fans.

Morecambe were dealt with a massive blow when just after the the Fourth Official held up six added minutes on his board, Tom Barkhuizen collided with his keeper Barry Roche and he had to be stretchered off with an oxygen mask on.

As a result, Morecambe had to play the last six minutes with ten men as they’d used all their subs but they managed to hold on for a draw.

Next up for Jim Bentley’s side is Yeovil (H) on Saturday.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley(c) (Wildig 80), Dugdale, Parrish, Wilson, Devitt (Molyneux 82), Fleming, Goodall, Barkhuizen, Ellison, Miller (Mullin 79)

Subs not used: Kenyon, Edwards, Doyle, O’Hara

Booked: Miller

Exeter City: Olejnik, McAllister, Moore-Taylor, Woodman, Brown, McCready (Nicholls 81), Oakley, Tillson, Grant (Noble 76), Stockley, Nichols  (Hoskins 86)

Subs not used: Butterfield, Ribeiro, Morrison, Hamon

Attendance: 1,040 (62 away)

Morecambe Exeter City
Possession 50% 50%
Shots 7 9
Shots on Target 4 5
Corners 7 5
Fouls 12 13






Toffees Overcome Daggers In FA Cup

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Everton 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Kone 32, Mirallas 85 pen

Everton progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup with a victory over League 2 side Dagenham & Redbridge at Goodison Park this afternoon, despite an unconvincing performance.

Roberto Martinez’s side had the majority of possession throughout the game, but weren’t brilliant in the final third. They created a couple of chances in the first fifteen minutes but they didn’t faze Mark Cousins in the Dagenham goal.

Everton did come very close to taking the lead in the 23rd minute through Ramiro Funes Mori who curled a shot on the edge of the box but it was well saved by Mark Cousins, as he tipped it over the bar.

Everton possessed the ball in the final third a lot but it took a while for them to open the scoring. However they did take the lead in the 32nd minute. Aaron Lennon was brought down by Ashley Hemmings near the right corner flag, and Bryan Oviedo put a ball in from the free kick that was met by the head of Arouna Kone and it beat Cousins from close range.

Everton went in at the break leading 1-0 thanks to Kone, and Dagenham’s only real chance of the half came in the 19th minute when Joss Labadie hit a powerful free kick straight at the Everton wall.

In the second half, Dagenham’s defence were very tight and compact and the Toffees struggled to break them down as they continued to have the majority of possession. John Still’s side posed no real threat going forward, and it was an easy afternoon for Joel Robles in the Everton goal.

Kevin Mirallas did come very close to doubling his side’s lead in the 73rd minute, when he had a shot kept out by Mark Cousins, who put in a good performance in the Dagenham goal.

Ten minutes later, Everton got a penalty after Kevin Mirallas was brought down by Nyron Nosworthy in the box and the Belgian international converted the resultant penalty.

The game was interrupted following the penalty, after a cat made its way onto the pitch so the away side had to wait to restart the game. A teenage boy also invaded the pitch in the 93rd minute, so the game finished in bizarre circumstances.

Everton: Robles, Oviedo, Jagielka(c), Funes Mori (Pennington 45+4), Galloway, Gibson, Besic, Lennon (Rodriguez 89), Mirallas, Pienaar (Osman 77), Kone.

Subs not used: Deulofeu, Barkley, Howard, McAleny

Booked: Oviedo and Galloway

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Nosworthy, Dikamona, Worrall, Passley, Raymond, Labadie(c), Muldoon, Hemmings (Connors 75), Chambers (Jones 62), Doidge (Cureton 66).

Subs not used: O’Brien, McClure, Ferdinand, Widdowson

Booked: Hemmings

Attendance: 30,918 (1883 away)

Everton Dag & Red
Possession 74% 26%
Shots 20 3
Shots on Target 8 0
Corners 11 1
Fouls 12 10





New Blog for 2016

In order to add to my portfolio, I am planning to start a blog based around sport for this year.

During the year I will be writing match reports on football and cricket games that I go to, and I may write some opinion pieces on matters that interest me within football and cricket.

I mainly go to Morecambe matches but during the 2015/16 season I have attended seven matches not involving Morecambe, and in the summer I follow Lancashire CCC at Old Trafford attending the T20s regularly on Friday nights, whilst also playing cricket for Westgate CC during the week and on Saturdays.

Unfortunately due to the poor weather, there weren’t many football games to go to in December but in January I should be going to quite a few fixtures because of rearranged games.

Tomorrow Morecambe aren’t in action so I am going to Goodison Park, one of the only grounds from the top four divisions that I haven’t been to, to see Everton versus Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup Third Round. I shall be writing a match report on that game, and it will be up on here on Saturday evening.