Morecambe Thrashed Yet Again In Demoralising Defeat

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Morecambe 1-4 Stevenage

Stockton 20      Goodall 38 og, Parrett 45+1,71, Kennedy 86

Morecambe suffered yet another daunting defeat with a 4-1 loss to fellow League 2 strugglers Stevenage on Saturday, having previously been beaten 7-0 at Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

The game was very end to end in the first half with both sides creating chances and looking vulnerable at the back. Morecambe had the better of the first half chances, with Kevin Ellison coming close for the Shrimps in the seventh minute only for his shot to be saved by ex-Preston keeper Jamie Jones.

Eight minutes later Jim Bentley’s side had an excellent chance to open the scoring. Cole Stockton found himself in good space in the box, lobbing the keeper only for the ball to hit the crossbar and go out for a goal kick.

Morecambe went on to have a series of corners shortly after, and some of them were better than others. Chris Doyle had a shot from close range on the end of the corner in the 18th minute, but it was saved brilliantly by Jamie Jones in the Stevenage goal.

The Shrimps finally took the lead just moments later as youth-academy product Doyle nodded Devitt’s corner goalwards from 10 yards out, and Tranmere loanee Cole Stockton got the final touch to the ball with his head before it beat Jamie Jones.

The lead was almost short lived however as Stevenage hit Morecambe on the counter attack in the 23rd minute. Barry Roche had to keep out two shots, with one coming from captain Luke Wilkinson but luckily for Morecambe they managed to keep their lead and clear their lines.

Fifteen minutes after this scare, Stevenage managed to get back on level terms with some luck. Morecambe failed to defend a corner from the visitors and the ball came off Shrimps midfielder Alan Goodall and went in, so it was recorded as an own goal.

Soon after the equaliser, Morecambe were on the attack again with Aaron Wildig coming close and Adam Dugdale, who played for the first time since his injury, heading well over the bar from a corner.

Stevenage put themselves in a good position just before half time as they took the lead for the first time in the game. Jamie Jones quickly launched the ball forward after catching the ball at ease from Jamie Devitt’s free kick, and Greg Luer got past Shaun Beeley before squaring the ball to Dean Parrett who was able to slot home from close range without any opposition. The visitors went in leading 2-1 at half time.

Chances were few and far between after the break for Morecambe, who showed little energy or determination. The closest they came to equalising was in the 55th minute when Tom Barkhuizen found himself through on goal, but his shot went over the bar.

Stevenage extended their lead in the 71st minute through Dean Parrett, who scored his second goal of the game. The midfielder found himself in the box unmarked and he managed to retrieve the ball when it ricocheted off a Morecambe defender, and he beat Barry Roche, who was off his line, with a carefully placed shot in the bottom left-hand corner.

Morecambe never really put up much of a fight in their pursuit to get something out of this game, although Cole Stockton did come close in the 83rd minute.

Just four minutes later Stevenage scored the winning goal through Ben Kennedy. The forward slotted home comfortably to round off a good move, which started with a cracking long run by Tom Pett, who sailed past most of the Morecambe players at ease.

Stevenage could’ve even made it five in the dying moments of the game, but they failed to make the score line look even more embarrassing for their fellow League 2 counterparts.

Morecambe now sit in 21st and could even finish the 2015/16 campaign in 22nd if the results don’t go their way in their final two games of the season, which are against Exeter City and York City respectively.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley (c) (McGowan 46), Dugdale, Doyle, Conlan (Molyneux 82), Goodall, Wildig (Oliver 76), Barkhuizen, Devitt, Ellison, Stockton.

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Kenyon, Edwards, Mullin.

Booked: Devitt and Wildig.

Stevenage: Jones, Henry, Wilkinson (c), Wells, Franks, Pett, Parrett (Gorman 81), Tonge, Kennedy, Luer (Lee 62), O’Connor (Conlon 19).

Subs not used: Day (GK), Okimo, Johnson, Adams.

Attendance: 1,129




Stanley And Shrimps Share Points In Enthralling Lancashire Derby

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Accrington Stanley 2-2 Morecambe

Windass 21, 48 pen Miller 12 Barkhuizen 79

Accrington Stanley moved out of the automatic promotion places in League 2 on Saturday as they could only pick up a point against rivals Morecambe.

It was the away side who had the better start, with Aaron Wildig finding himself in plenty of space with the ball in the box. He could’ve had a shot, and would’ve almost certainly beaten the keeper, but he didn’t manage to control the ball well enough to have a shot.

However immediately after, the Shrimps did take the lead through Shaun Miller, who took the ball past a number of players before putting the ball on his left foot and coolly placing the ball in the top left hand corner to give Morecambe a deserved lead.

Following the goal, both sides had chances but not really any to note. In the 21st minute however, Accrington got themselves back into the game as hailstones began to fall. Son of Dean Windass, Josh, got on the end of a good ball on the right hand side outrunning Ryan Edwards and placing a shot into the bottom left hand corner, meaning that Morecambe’s lead only lasted ten minutes.

Following the goal, Morecambe’s heads dropped and Accrington advanced to dominate the remainder of the half with the majority of possession and chances. Josh Windass came close to taking the lead in the 30th minute with a good shot that was helped over the bar by Morecambe keeper Kieran O’Hara.

John Coleman’s side went on to have a series of corners, but most of them were dealt with by the Shrimps although Scott Brown came close in the 35th minute with a shot over the bar.

Morecambe had one of their only chances in the first half just ten minutes before half time. Aaron Wildig’s free kick into the box met the head of Ryan Edwards, only for his header to go straight into the hands of Neil Etheridge.

Tom Barkhuizen had the final chance of the half with a right-footed shot that could’ve tested Etheridge had he connected with the ball slightly better. The sides went in level at half time.

Accrington had an excellent start to the second half. In the second minute of the half, they had a free kick just outside the box. Josh Windass’ free kick was heading in, but luckily for Morecambe Alex Kenyon managed to prevent the ball from going in, deflecting the ball with his head as he jumped in the wall.

However just moments later the Shrimps found themselves in more trouble as the home side were awarded a penalty. Andy Parrish was alleged to have handled the ball in the box, and Josh Windass scored his second of the game with a coolly struck penalty and O’Hara guessing the wrong way.

Following the goal, Sean McConville and Josh Windass came close to extending the lead for the home side but their efforts went over the bar.

Tom Barkhuizen came close for Morecambe in the 70th minute, and this was followed by a series of Morecambe corners but they didn’t really trouble the Accrington defence.

Morecambe were beginning to get back into the game, and in the 79th minute they did just that. Top scorer Shaun Miller played a cracking lofted ball to second top scorer Tom Barkhuizen who got past Brad Halliday before beating Neil Etheridge with a shot from a very similar angle to that of Josh Windass’ equaliser in the first half.

The game began to get very end-to-end in the final ten minutes with both sides pushing for a goal. Lee Molyneux shot just over the bar in the 84th minute, before Accrington had a series of shots by which they should’ve got a winner.

Kieran O’Hara took a goal kick which went straight to an Accrington player. Before he knew it, he was one-on-one with danger man Josh Windass but luckily the winger shot just wide.

Just moments later Tarique Fosu had a shot that was cleared off the line by the feet of O’Hara before Shay McCartan had a shot on the rebound that was cleared off the line by Ryan Edwards.

By this point on, the game got very tense and either side could’ve clinched a winner. Substitute Jamie Devitt had a shot in the 90th minute which he curled past the defence but it beat the keeper and the goal, going just over the bar.

A draw seemed like a fair result, but John Coleman was not happy with his players following the game that he’d dubbed as ‘the biggest game Accrington had ever been involved in’.

As Bristol Rovers beat Yeovil, Rovers leapfrogged Stanley in the table  and Accrington sit just below the Gas on goal difference in 4th. Morecambe remain in 19th, and are now mathematically safe from relegation.

Accrington Stanley: Etheridge, Halliday, Hughes, Davies, Pearson, Mingoia (McCartan 85), Brown (Procter 41), Conneely (c), McConville (Fosu 73), Windass, Kee.

Subs not used: Winnard, Little, Buxton, Mooney (GK)

Booked: Hughes and Pearson

Morecambe: O’Hara, Beeley (c), Edwards, Parrish, McGowan, Fleming, Kenyon (Oliver 64), Barkhuizen, Wildig (Molyneux 64), Ellison (Devitt 75), Miller.

Subs not used: Mullin, Goodall, Maher (GK), Doyle

Booked: Kenyon

Attendance: 2,609



Hartlepool Thrash Sorry Morecambe

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Morecambe 2-5 Hartlepool United

Kenyon 25 Barkhuizen 87  Woods 4 Thomas 6,50 James 76 pen Oates 89

Ten men Morecambe suffered their second defeat this week with a heavy loss to an in-form Hartlepool side on Saturday 9th April at the Globe Arena.

Hartlepool had two early goals coming from Michael Woods and Nathan Thomas, before Alex Kenyon pulled a goal back in the 25th minute. After the break Nathan Thomas got his second of the game five minutes into the half, before Morecambe went down to ten-men as Barry Roche was sent off. Luke James scored from the penalty spot, and then Tom Barkhuizen got a consolation for the Shrimps closely followed by a fifth goal for the visitors from Rhys Oates.

The game started off with Morecambe passing the ball around well and they soon went on the offensive, but Hartlepool capitalised on the home side’s first mistake. Nathan Thomas had a shot that deflected off the defence and Roche could only parry away, and then it fell to Michael Woods who was able to slot home ten yards out.

Just two minutes later the away side doubled their lead through Nathan Thomas. The winger did most of the work himself, beating Beeley with some good footwork before shooting into the top right-hand corner past Roche.

It was a very poor start for Jim Bentley’s side and they were almost 3-0 down in the 13th minute when Thomas cut past Beeley again, but this time his shot went just wide of the goal.

Shaun Miller had a half chance in the 21st minute when he found himself in some space in the box, but he failed to control his shot and it went well wide of the goal.

Just minutes later, the Shrimps found a way back into the game through Alex Kenyon. The young midfielder made a cracking run on the left hand side and he put a powerful shot past Trevor Carson to score his second goal in three games.

Between Kenyon’s goal and half time there weren’t many chances, but Morecambe could’ve equalised shortly before half time. Shaun Miller had a shot that went straight into the hands of Trevor Carson, and Kevin Ellison also came close too but Hartlepool managed to hold onto their lead at the break.

The away side started the second half in a similar fashion to the first half, and they had their third goal of the game just five minutes into the second half. Nathan Thomas cut inside without much opposition from the Morecambe defence and beat Roche with a powerful shot in the right-hand corner to extend his side’s lead.

Cole Stockton came close for the Shrimps in the 67th minute but his shot went just over the bar after being in plenty of space.

The game got worse for Morecambe five minutes later when they were reduced to ten men. Brad Walker made a cracking run with the ball, only having Roche to beat, and the keeper brought him down to be immediately sent off. The problem for Morecambe was that they had no substitute keeper on the bench, as Kieran O’Hara was out injured, so midfielder Alex Kenyon took the gloves.

Kenyon’s first action in goal was to pick the ball out of the net as he dived the wrong way. It was Luke James who scored from the spot to make it 4-1.

The home side did get a consolation however in the 87th minute when Barkhuizen snatched the ball off a defender and put the ball past Trevor Carson following an impressive run with the ball.

The game wasn’t finished there though as Rhys Oates made the scoreline look even worse for Morecambe slotting past Kenyon from close range in the 89th minute.

The result means that the Shrimps now move down to 19th ahead of a tough game against rivals Accrington Stanley next week whilst Hartlepool’s third win out of their last five moves them up to 16th.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley (c), Edwards, Parrish, Conlan (McGowan 46), Barkhuizen, Kenyon, Goodall, Ellison, Molyneux (Stockton 56), Miller (Oliver 80).

Subs not used: Devitt, Mullin, Bailey, Doyle.

Booked: Barkhuizen and Molyneux

Sent off: Roche

Hartlepool United: Carson, Magnay (c), Jackson, Jones, Carroll, Woods (Walker 70), Featherstone, Hawkins, Thomas (Oates 69), James, Gray (Laurent 64).

Subs not used: Bingham, Bartlett (GK), Richards, Duckworth

Booked: Carroll and James

Attendance: 2,005