Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 0-3 Exeter City
Wheeler 4 Grant 16 Holmes 35
Morecambe slumped to yet another defeat at home today, at the expense of an Exeter side who are having similar problems with their home form this season. David Wheeler took the lead early on for the visitors with a simple goal, and he was backed up by further goals from Joel Grant and Lee Holmes all in the first half before they sat on their lead in the second half to earn a comfortable victory.
Jim Bentley’s side had an awful start to the game, and couldn’t particularly string many passes together so it was no surprise when the away side took the lead. David Wheeler made a good run on the right-hand side to get past James Jennings, and the midfielder was able to slot the ball past Roche without much opposition in the 4th minute.
Exeter almost doubled their lead seven minutes later, when Lloyd James shot just wide of the mark. They did in fact double their lead in the 16th minute, and Paul Tisdale’s side didn’t particularly have to work hard for it. The midfield were able to pass the ball around the Morecambe defence without pressure, and Joel Grant’s shot came off the post and went in. It was simply a training ground routine..
Five minutes later, the Shrimps had their first real chance of the game. Barkhuizen put in a great volley off the end of a corner, and his attempt was blocked on the line. In the 30th minute, Lee Molyneux also had a chance that deflected off the defence and went out for a corner. This was closely followed by Cole Stockton heading straight into the hands of Christy Pym.
Shortly afterwards, Pym had to be replaced due to what looked like a gashed knee following a collision with Kevin Ellison as they both went for the ball. Despite this, it got better for Exeter rather than worse as they extended their lead. The referee played advantage following a brutal challenge from Ryan Edwards, and Lee Holmes made a good run on the left- cutting inside and lobbing the ball over Roche with ease.
Morecambe almost found an opening in the 40th minute when Tom Barkhuizen played a great ball through to Lee Molyneux, but the midfielder didn’t use the ball to it’s best potential- being beaten to it by the substitute keeper Olejnik.
In added time Michael Rose had a free kick which he fired straight at the keeper, whilst Reuben Reid also should’ve made it four for the Grecians. The former Plymouth striker found himself in plenty of space after some poor defending from the home side, but he lacked the confidence he once had in front of goal- firing it over the bar. Exeter had a 3-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, it looked as though Exeter set out to sit on their lead and frustrate the Morecambe attack. This was clear as they didn’t really offer anything going forward in the second half, but they defended well.
The Shrimps started the second half well with Barkhuizen finding space on the right-hand side and putting the ball through to the advancing Aaron McGowan, whose shot was blocked.
Cole Stockton had a very frustrating game and his defining moment came in the 54th minute when he found himself right in front of goal only for the Tranmere loanee to hit it over the bar in a very similar fashion to Reuben Reid in the first half.
Tom Barkhuizen made yet another good run on the right hand side in the 58th minute, but his ball was cleared away in the path of Jack Dunn who shot straight at the visiting keeper.
With Exeter sitting back and frustrating Morecambe, there were little chances for most of the half.
However Jim Bentley’s side had a free kick in the 75th minute, and made fairly good use of it. Michael Rose laid the ball off to Lee Molyneux, and his powerful shot was well saved by Bobby Olejnik to his left.
Ryan Edwards also had a shot cleared off the line for the Shrimps in the 75th minute, and Morecambe didn’t really test Exeter despite this.
The Shrimps almost got a consolation in the second minute of added time when Alex Whitmore headed onto the crossbar from close range.
Up next for Jim Bentley’s side is Coventry City at home in the FA Cup on Sunday 6th November (2pm kick off).
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Edwards, Whitmore, Jennings, Rose, Murphy(c), Barkhuizen, Molyneux (Massanka 77), Ellison (Dunn 52), Stockton.
Subs not used: Wakefield, Winnard, Mullin, Nizic, Conlan.
Booked: Edwards and Barkhuizen.
Exeter City: Pym (Olejnik 34), Sweeney, Croll (Stacey 79), Moore-Taylor(c), Woodman, Wheeler, James, Taylor, Holmes, Grant, Reid (Simpson 73).
Booked: Croll, James
Subs not used: Watkins, Jay, Riley-Lowe, Ampadu