Shrimps Only Have Themselves To Blame After Crawley Defeat

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-3 Crawley Town
Rose 89              Yussuf 72Stockton 90+3   Collins 83
Smith 90+1

Morecambe had yet another home defeat today, as they were beaten 3-2 by Crawley Town. Adi Yussuf opened the scoring for the Red Devils instantly after coming off the bench in the 72nd minute, whilst James Collins backed him up ten minutes later. Michael Rose scored a free kick for the Shrimps in the 89th minute before Jimmy Smith scored in the first minute of added time for the away side before Cole Stockton got one back in the third minute of added time leading to a very tense and exciting finish.

Jim Bentley made two changes to the side that beat Cambridge United last week with Peter Murphy and Tom Barkhuizen coming into the starting line-up, whilst Paul Mullin kept his place in the team.

Unlike last week, Mullin played in his preferred position (striker) and he almost made an instant impact in the game as he came close five minutes in, having his shot blocked.

Five minutes later, the away side forced Roche into his first save of the game when Clifford had his shot parried away by the Morecambe keeper. This was closely followed by a good attacking move from the Red Devils, where they played quick free-flowing football- the end result however was a shot going wide by James Collins from close range.

Similarly Glenn Morris was forced into his first save of the game, when Michael Rose hit a threatening free-kick that was kept out with an impressive diving save.

Rose tested Morris again just moments later with a powerful long-range shot that was tipped over by the visiting keeper.

The former Rochdale midfielder was involved in the action yet again in the 30th minute when he played a cracking ball towards Mullin, who almost scored only for him to be stopped in his tracks by a defender.

Mullin attempted a lob just before half time, but it didn’t really trouble Morris and James Collins headed straight into the hands of Roche on the end of a corner. It was goalless at half time.

Five minutes into the second half Morecambe thought they were in front after captain Peter Murphy headed home, but it was adjudged to be offside by the linesman.

Murphy came close again four minutes later after a cracking run from Tom Barkhuizen but his header went wide.

Crawley began to get into the game following this, with Mark Connolly heading just over from a corner in the 57th minute and Andre Blackman having a powerful shot going over the bar ten minutes later.

In the 72nd minute, Crawley opened the scoring thanks to substitute Adi Yussuf. Djalo had a shot deflected, and the Mansfield loanee was there to slot home coolly from close range- making an instant impact after coming on as a substitute just moments before.

The goal was a big boost to the side from Sussex, as they looked to build on their lead. James Collins shot wide five minutes after the goal, and Clifford had a shot just over shortly afterwards.

Collins then doubled the Red Devils’ lead in the 84th minute, following a good run on the right hand side with the winger gifting the ball to the unmarked striker and the former Shrewsbury man buried it into the bottom corner.

Morecambe had a number of chances to get a goal back, with Stockton shooting straight at the keeper and Ellison curling the ball just over the bar impressively. They did get a goal back in the penultimate minute of normal time, when Michael Rose scored a great free kick which he placed in the bottom left hand corner.

Four minutes of added time was indicated by the fourth official, offering the Shrimps a glimmer of hope but this was diminished when Jimmy Smith slotted home easily for the away side after Luke Conlan failed to pick up the cross.

It wasn’t exactly over yet however, as Cole Stockton still had time to blast it on the volley into the top-left hand corner in the third minute of added time. With a minute left , Morecambe gained a free kick on the edge of the box to the right, with keeper Barry Roche making his way to the box. Rose shot straight at the keeper, who saved with his legs, and this proved to be the last kick of the game. Jim Bentley’s side did mount a fightback towards the end, but it was a case of too little too late.

The Shrimps face Notts County away from home next Saturday, and move down to seventh in the League 2 table.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Winnard, Edwards, Conlan, Murphy(c), Rose, Ellison, Dunn (Massanka 78), Barkhuizen, Mullin (Stockton 66).

Booked: Barkhuizen

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Jennings, Kenyon

Crawley Town: Morris, Blackman, Connolly, McNerney, Young, Boldewijn (Bawling 90+4), Smith, Djalo, Banton (Yussuf 70), B Clifford (Davey 78), Collins.

Booked: McNerney

Subs not used: Arthur, Mersin, Yorwerth, Tajbakhsh

Attendance: 1,304


Lancaster Cause Upset In Entertaining FA Cup Tie

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FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying

Lancaster City 2-1 Darlington 1883
Gregory 48         Purewell 80
Connerton 76

Evo Stik Division 1 North side Lancaster City beat National League North side Darlington 1883 in a very exciting FA Cup tie at Giant Axe today.

Jacob Gregory opened the scoring for the home side three minutes into the second half, whilst he was backed up by a controversial Jordan Connerton goal and Darlington got one back through Amar Purewell in the 80th minute to set up an exciting finish.

The game started with end-to-end football, and the first real chance came six minutes in when Nathan Cartman had a shot over the bar for the visitors.

Five minutes later, the home side had their first chance of the game with Louis Mayers- whose header went just wide of the goal.

Following two notable chances in the first ten minutes, the game spiced up a bit with the away side being reduced to ten men. Captain Gary Brown was sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity (last man) when he brought Jordan Connerton down just outside the box in the 15th minute.

Two minutes later Darlington could’ve had another sending off as Mark Beck went in late on Ricky Mercer, but luckily for the former Carlisle striker he only got a booking.

The consequential free kick for the home side was unsuccessful, and unfortunately for them they were reduced to ten men themselves. Similarly to Gary Brown for the away side, centre-half Jacob Davis was sent off for a last-man challenge in the 25th minute, so both sides were level with regards to numbers again.

Just moments later Darlington had their best chances of the game so far, as Mark Beck headed onto the crossbar and then he had another header that was tipped over the bar by Mike Hale.

This was followed by Lancaster’s biggest chance of the game so far, eight minutes on, when Louis Mayers forced Wollston into a save and Jordan Connerton’s rebound was cleared off the line.

Mayers almost took the lead again five minutes later, when Gregory put a great ball into the box but unfortunately the forward couldn’t connect with it from close range. Surprisingly, it was goalless at half time.

It wasn’t goalless for long in the second half however, as Jacob Gregory opened the scoring three minutes in with a great run on the right-hand side, smashing it past Newcastle loanee Paul Wollston into the top corner to put the underdogs in front.

Darlington had the majority of chances in the second half, and it was a backs to the wall job for the home side as they ended up playing with just one man up front (Jordan Connerton).

Mark Beck headed straight into the hands of Hale in the 57th and 69th minutes respectively, and Terence Galbraith also had an ambitious shot straight at the keeper in the 70th minute.

Jacob Gregory found himself one-on-one with the keeper again in the 73rd minute, and this time he was denied by Wollston in a chance he really should’ve put away.

Three minutes later Lancaster doubled their lead through Jordan Connerton. The striker got past both the defence and the keeper, who raced out of his box, and Connerton was able to put the ball into an open goal. The away fans were outraged as the former Kendal striker appeared to be offside, but the goal stood.

Moments later, the Darlington defence had a scare as the keeper’s clearance bounced back off a defender, and then a defender’s clearance deflected off Gregory and the ball only just went wide.

The away side did give themselves a chance to get something from the game, as substitute Amar Purewell headed home from close range in the 80th minute following a brilliant cross by Stephen Thompson on the right-hand side.

This set up a very tense and exciting final ten minutes, and the away side really took the game to Lancaster but Mike Hale was well on top of his game.

Purewell had another header denied by Hale to his right in the 84th minute, and a good ball from Thompson across the goal was somehow stopped by Hale five minutes later.

Mark Beck then headed over from a cross in the 90th minute, and there was four minutes of added time. Cartman even went for an overhead kick, but it was saved by Hale yet again. There was a series of corners in the dying moments of the game, and Galbraith’s header would’ve gone in had it not been for an excellent last ditch save by Mike Hale, who never looked like conceding a second goal.

Up next for Lancaster City, who progress to the third round of qualifying, is Ramsbottom at home in the league on Tuesday night.

Lancaster City: Hale, Hudson (Henry 83), Mercer(c), Davis, Clark, Willis, Crolla (McKenna 71), Gregory, Sumner, Mayers (Westwood 58), Connerton.

Subs not used: Anderson, Raybould, Russell.

Sent off: Davis

Darlington 1883: Wollston, Marrs (Purewell 66), Galbraith, Brown(c), Watson (Thompson 54), Falkingham, Portas, L.Scott, Hardy (Hunter 20), Beck, Cartman.

Subs not used: Robinson, Mitchell, Nowakowski, H.Scott

Booked: Beck

Sent off: Brown(c)

Attendance: 580

Manager Of The Month Curse Hits Morecambe Big Style

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-5 Doncaster Rovers
Stockton 45   Butler 4
	      Marquis 17, 66
              Blair 74
	      Coppinger 80


Morecambe suffered their heaviest defeat of the season yesterday, against Doncaster Rovers, meaning that they’re now the only side in the top half of League 2 with a goal-difference deficit.

Andy Butler opened the scoring early on for Darren Ferguson’s side, whilst he was backed up by John Marquis (2), Matty Blair and James Coppinger. Cole Stockton scored Morecambe’s only goal of the afternoon just before half time.

In the first meeting between the two sides since they met in Non-League in 2003, Doncaster got off to a flying start with Harry Middleton getting on the end of a great corner and Andy Butler was on hand to slot home at the far post just four minutes in.

Five minutes later Andy Williams came close to doubling Doncaster’s lead, beating the defender and shooting just wide.

The Shrimps had their first chance of the game shortly afterwards, with Ellison getting in a good position but his shot came off the defender and went over the bar.

It was Doncaster however who scored the next goal through John Marquis. A good run was made on the right hand side, and the winger put a good ball in which Edwards retrieved but failed to deal with properly- gifting the ball to Marquis who slotted home from about a yard away in the 17th minute to strengthen the lead of the away side.

Marquis almost had his second of the game in the 25th minute when he got on the end of a cross, but his header went just wide.

Towards the end of the half, the home side perked up slightly and had their only real spell of dominance, but they still didn’t look like scoring. In the 40th minute, Stockton’s shot deflected off a defender and the ball met Ellison- who could only head wide.

On the verge of half time, Cole Stockton got the ball in a very promising position and he hit the ball on the half volley past the keeper to score a goal that was very similar to the one he scored against Bournemouth a few weeks ago. Doncaster led 2-1 at half time.

The away side started off the second half similarly to how they started the first, and looked like scoring with veteran midfielder James Coppinger shooting over the bar two minutes in, and also Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison being forced to clear the ball off the line in the 54th minute.

Roughly ten minutes later, Rovers unsurprisingly scored again. Riccardo Calder made it past Morecambe full back Jennings, and his shot was saved by the legs of Roche but John Marquis was there to slot home from the rebound- his second goal of the game.

Nine minutes later the away side scored a fourth. Morecambe continued to show their vulnerability on the left hand side, as Matty Blair made it past Lee Molyneux and James Jennings without much trouble and he planted the ball in the bottom left hand corner beating Roche.

Darren Ferguson’s side weren’t finished there however. In the 81st minute James Coppinger found himself in space and he placed the ball perfectly past Barry Roche into the bottom left hand corner to score on his 500th appearance for the club.

If you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Shrimps, it did. In the 84th minute, they were reduced to ten men as defender Alex Whitmore was sent off for a dirty tackle.

Riccardo Calder came close to making it six for Rovers late on, but his shot was saved by Roche diving to his left. Also John Marquis almost got his hat trick in added time when he was found in the box, but unfortunately for him he was offside.

As a result of the defeat, Morecambe drop down to seventh position- and next week they make the long trip to face a side whom they lost 7-0 to last season, Cambridge.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield (Molyneux 62), Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan (Jennings 62), Barkhuizen, Kenyon, Rose (c), Ellison, Dunn (Massanka 79), Stockton.

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Mullin, Fleming

Booked: Kenyon, Barkhuizen, Rose

Sent off: Whitmore

Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Blair, Wright, Butler, Evina, Middleton (Calder 60), Houghton, Coppinger (Beestin 86), Rowe, Marquis, Williams (Mandeville 83).

Subs not used: Etheridge, Calder, Longbottom, Fielding.

Booked: Marquis

Attendance: 1,791

Morecambe Drop Off Top Spot Following Game Of Deflections

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-2 Leyton Orient

Ellison 49            Kelly 27 Bowery 55

Morecambe suffered their first league defeat since the opening day of the season on a soggy afternoon at the Globe Arena.

Record signing Liam Kelly scored his third goal of the season with a powerful strike in the 27th minute for the away side, before Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison equalised in similar fashion four minutes into the second half and then ex Rotherham striker Jordan Bowery got the winner five minutes later with a goal that had a massive deflection.

The game began quite scrappy and end to end with little chances. Both sides had some promising play however, and in-form striker Cole Stockton had the first real chance of the game nine minutes in when he managed to take the ball into space and his shot across the goal went just wide of the target.

Ten minutes later, the Tranmere loanee was involved in the action once again. This time he put a cracking ball through to Kevin Ellison, whose shot was saved by Cisak from close range.

Morecambe controlled the game for most of the first half, however Leyton Orient had their first real chance of the game in the 26th minute with Jordan Bowery’s shot that deflected off the home defence and almost crept into the goal, with it being clear that Roche wasn’t going to get to it.

Just moments later, the away side took the lead through Liam Kelly. The Shrimps gave the ball away and the midfielder, who joined Orient for £200,000 from Oldham in the summer, proved his worth with a cracking strike from 25 yards out reaching the top right-hand corner in a goal that most would argue was against the run of play.

Following the goal, the game was very end to end and scrappy again with little chances. Jim Bentley’s side had one chance shortly before half time, with Jack Dunn finding himself in the box and having a shot blocked in the 42nd minute. Despite Morecambe being rather more dominant, Leyton Orient took the little chances they had in the first half and that’s why they went in leading at half time.

Two minutes into the second half Robbie Weir came close for the away side with a shot that was deflected, but in the 49th minute Jim Bentley’s side were back in the game.

Kevin Ellison scored his fourth goal of the season for the Shrimps, in very similar fashion to that of Kelly’s goal in the first half. Orient lost the ball and Ellison struck the ball from almost exactly the same position and it beat Cisak to his right.

It looked like the East London side were eager to regain their lead though, as just three minutes later Jordan Bowery found himself one on one with Roche only for the Morecambe keeper to deny him with a great save to his left.

Just moments later the striker had another chance, and this time he was successful in his quest to regain the lead. The home defence failed to clear their lines, and Bowery took a shot that had a big deflection off the keeper before going in.

Paul McCallum almost extended Orient’s lead five minutes later, with a shot that would’ve gone in had it not been for Edwards’ last ditch block.

In the 63rd minute captain Michael Rose had Morecambe’s first chance since Ellison’s goal, but he could only hit the ball over the bar.

Five minutes later, top scorer Gavin Massey came very close for the away side. The winger, who signed from Colchester in the summer, fired in from the left-hand side but his shot was parried by Roche and McCallum’s rebound went over the bar.

Veteran shot-stopper Barry Roche, who has been in great form recently, continued to keep Morecambe in the game by stopping Jordan Bowery’s shot with his legs in the 72nd minute and also preventing Yvan Erichot’s promising header from a corner from going in in the 76th minute.

Morecambe piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes of the game, but many decisions didn’t go in their favour which didn’t help them. Their final chance came when Paul Mullin’s shot deflected off the defence and going out for a corner in the 89th minute.

The result of the game, which was a game of many deflections, means that Morecambe now drop off top spot to second place whilst Orient move up to seventh. Up next for the Shrimps is Doncaster Rovers on the 10th September at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Whitmore, Edwards, McGowan, Ellison, Fleming (Kenyon 64), Rose (c), Barkhuizen, Dunn (Turner 64), Stockton (Mullin 86).

Booked: Rose and Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Jennings, Massanka, Molyneux

Leyton Orient: Cisak, Hunt, Erichot, Parkes, Kennedy, Cornick, Weir, Kelly, Massey, Bowery, McCallum.

Booked: Bowery

Subs not used: Palmer, N’Nomo, Semedo, Sargeant, Pollock, Koroma, Judd,

Attendance: 1,665

Bury Overcome Morecambe Convincingly In Checkatrade Trophy

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Checkatrade Trophy Group C (North)

Bury 4-1 Morecambe
Ismail 3 pen Mullin 43
Pope 49, 90+2
Kay 81

A young Morecambe side, captained by 23 year old Alex Kenyon, made a dismal start to the newly reformed Checkatrade Trophy (formerly Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) with a 4-1 defeat to League 1 side Bury.

Zeli Ismail opened the scoring with a third minute penalty for the hosts, before Paul Mullin scored a screamer just before half time for the visitors, followed by two goals from Tom Pope and one from Antony Kay in the second half to seal the win for Flitcroft’s side.

On a glorious Tuesday evening at Gigg Lane, it didn’t take long for the home side to break the deadlock. Bury were awarded a penalty after Anthony Dudley was brought down in the box by Ryan Edwards, and Zeli Ismail converted the penalty coolly with Morecambe keeper Nizic diving the other way.

The Shrimps almost cancelled out the lead immediately afterwards, with Kevin Ellison firing the ball over the bar.

Following this, there was a spell without any real chances to note until the 21st minute when Lee Molyneux had a shot blocked before Rhys Turner found himself in space, only for him to hit the ball over the bar for the away side.

Bury went up the other end and almost extended their lead just a minute later, with Danny Mayor cutting inside the box and shooting at Nizic who saved well from close range.

Over the next twenty minutes Roche’s understudy made a series of saves from Zeli Ismail, Tom Pope and Jacob Mellis, as the new signing from Burnley looked to impress manager Bentley on his Morecambe debut.

Despite Bury controlling the game, it was the Shrimps who equalised against the run of play in the 43rd minute. Paul Mullin found himself in space and hit an ambitious effort at goal from 30 yards, and it was enough to beat Ben Williams to his left in the Bury goal. It was 1-1 at half time.

Just like in the first half, Bury started really well and were back in front just four minutes into the second half. Morecambe midfielder Andy Fleming gave the ball away, and his mistake lead to powerhouse striker Tom Pope heading home from a good ball on the right hand side.

Ten minutes later Bury almost extended their lead through Tom Soares, who hit a powerful shot from long range, but Danijel Nizic was there to make yet another brilliant save to his right.

Tom Barkhuizen came on as a sub for Morecambe, and four minutes after coming on he was straight into the action. He made a good run along the right hand side, and gave the ball to Paul Mullin in plenty of space but the striker failed to score his second of the evening as he fired the ball over the bar in the 62nd minute.

Anthony Dudley later tested Nizic with strong attempts in the 75th and 77th minute respectively, but the shot stopper yet again showed his talent with some good saves.

Five minutes later Tom Soares went clean through on goal, with only Nizic to beat, but the 21 year old denied him with a great save to his right to put the ball out for a corner.

Bury got the goal they deserved when captain Antony Kay headed home from the corner to put the game to bed in the 81st minute.

Liverpool loanee Jack Dunn had two attempts within the space of three minutes, with Ben Williams making a stunning save from his goalbound free kick and the youngster also hitting the crossbar minutes later.

Tom Barkhuizen almost got a consolation for the Shrimps in the 88th minute, but his shot was saved by the legs of Williams. Instead Bury made the score line more embarrassing for the Shrimps, with Tom Pope scoring his second of the night in the second minute of injury time after being one on one with Nizic.

As a result Bury sit at the top of Group C with Morecambe at the bottom. The Shrimps are back in action on Saturday as they welcome Leyton Orient to the Globe Arena in Sky Bet League 2.

Bury: Williams, Jones (Maher 53), Barnett, Kay (c), Leigh, Ismail (Hope 63), Soares, Mellis, Dudley, Pope, Mayor (Obi 85).

Subs not used: Burgess, Rachubkha, Bedeau, Harker.

Morecambe: Nizic, Wakefield (Dunn 71), Whitmore, Edwards, McGowan, Molyneux, Fleming (Murphy 84), Kenyon (c), Ellison (Barkhuizen 59), Mullin, Turner.

Booked: Wakefield and Mullin

Subs not used: Roche, Rose, Stockton, Hedley,

Attendance: 1,154 (117 away)