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