Shrimps Fall To Sixth Successive League Defeat In Back Yard

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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

Attendance: 1,302




Bamber Bridge’s Unbeaten Run Ends With Heavy Clitheroe Defeat

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Evo Stik League Division 1 North

Bamber Bridge 1-4 Clitheroe
Milligan 13 pen   Williams 5                                     
                  Newby 24,64, 77 pen

Bamber Bridge ended their unbeaten run of 6 league games, with a heavy defeat at home to Clitheroe today. Tom Williams opened the scoring for the away side, with Bamber Bridge failing to clear their lines following a corner whilst Jamie Milligan equalised from the penalty spot before Alex Newby went on to score a hat-trick to seal the win for the East Lancashire side.

The game started with both sides having early chances, but the away side looked more likely to put their noses in front. Dimitri Tuanzebe found himself one-on-one with Bamber Bridge keeper Steven James four minutes in, and the striker beat James but his attempt was cleared off the line by Michael Potts.

The resultant corner led to the opening goal of the game. Gareth Roberts’ header from the corner hit the crossbar, and Tom Williams headed home soon after as a result of the home side’s poor defending.

Four minutes later Alex Newby came close for Andy Haworth’s side, shooting just over the bar on the end of a corner. However, it was the home side who scored the next goal, and it came from the penalty spot. Regan Linney was brought down by visiting keeper Chris Thompson in the box, and Jamie Milligan converted the resultant penalty- burying the ball in the bottom right-hand corner to put the home side back on level terms.

Bamber Bridge almost took the lead in the 20th minute when Michael Potts found himself with the ball in a good position, but his shot went just wide of the mark.

Clitheroe got themselves a free kick 25-yards out in the 24th minute, and it was taken impressively with Alex Newby curling the ball over the wall into the top left-hand corner to put the away side back in front.

The rest of the first half was fairly even, with little chances to note other than that of Regan Linney, whose shot was well blocked by the Clitheroe defence shortly before the break.

The away side were leading 2-1 at the half time break.

Clitheroe made a good start to the second half with Alex Newby heading just wide four minutes in.

Bamber Bridge had one of their only chances of the half in the 62nd minute, with Glenn Steel heading wide from a cross.

Clitheroe extended their lead two minutes later, with a well-worked goal. The away side hit Bamber Bridge on the break, with Alex Newby making a good run on the wing before cutting in from the left and placing the ball coolly past the keeper, who couldn’t prevent the goal despite getting a hand to it.

Roughly five minutes later Clitheroe struggled to defend a Bamber Bridge corner, and centre-half Matt Lawlor had a shot at goal for the home side but it was blocked by the Clitheroe defence.

Kitt Gregory’s ambitious attempt for the home side went wide in the 74th minute, and the away side had a penalty a couple of minutes later.

George Bowyer brought down a Clitheroe player in the box, and Alex Newby beat the keeper with a shot in the left hand corner to earn what was a well-deserved hat-trick  for the striker.

Ten minutes later, Andy Haworth’s side could’ve made it five with Stavros Tserpes having a shot stopped by James, preventing the score-line from look any worse for Bamber Bridge, who sat in 2nd position before the game.

The result means that Bamber Bridge move down to third in the league table, whilst Clitheroe move up three places to fifth position.

Bamber Bridge: James, Steel, Hunter, Lawlor(c), Bowyer, Potts, Gregory, Dodd (Wilson 82), Vasey (Bell 58), Milligan, Linney (Marlow 58).

Booked: Gregory, Dodd and Wilson

Subs not used: Doughty and Wiles

Clitheroe: Thompson, Bromley, Walker, Roberts, Brady(c) (Smith 81), Rowlands, Mitchell (Knox 79), Carroll, Williams (Tserpes 46), Newby, Tuanzebe.

Sub not used: Paulat-Brigg

Attendance: 308

Stevenage Get First Win In A Month As Morecambe Stumble

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-2 Stevenage
Godden 36
Kennedy 57

Morecambe suffered their fifth league defeat in a row at home today with a loss to Stevenage, who hadn’t had a league win in a month before this game.

The game started very evenly, with both sides looking shaky at the back. Morecambe had the first chance of the game fifteen minutes in, when Cole Stockton had a shot blocked by a defender.

The Shrimps continued to put pressure on the Stevenage defence following the resultant corner, and it led to Stockton picking up on the loose ball and shooting just wide two minutes later.

Jim Bentley’s side looked to be dominating the game in the early stages, with notable chances all coming in Stevenage’s half. In the 25th minute, the Shrimps had a spectacular chance with Lee Molyneux’s powerful shot from long-range, which hit the crossbar.

Ten minutes later Molyneux was involved in the action again, as Ellison played a great ball towards him. The attacking midfielder made a good run, and almost received the ball but Fraser Franks was first to it- however he almost took it over the line himself.

Just moments later, Stevenage took the lead through Matt Godden. Dale Gorman made a great run on the right hand side, and Godden was able to head home comfortably from close range.

Morecambe’s heads appeared to drop following the goal, and the away side nearly doubled their lead just before half time when they had a shout for a penalty. Henry Cowens found himself battling for the ball with Roche, and the Aston Villa loanee went down in the box but he was booked for simulation.

On the brink of half time, Ben Kennedy found himself in space and his shot from long range went just wide. Stevenage led 1-0 at half time.

Darren Sarll’s side started the second half strongly, with Godden heading just over within the first minute.

Five minutes later they almost scored a very impressive goal, with ex-Preston midfielder Jack King hitting a powerful shot from long-range but it was well saved by Roche, and the Morecambe keeper was fouled on the rebound.

Stevenage did double their lead in the 58th minute, and the goal was scored in style. Ben Kennedy found himself in acres of space, and he had the confidence to have a go from long-range and this decision paid off as he curled it into the top-corner, giving Roche no chance to reach it.

The away side very nearly made it 3-0 on 72 minutes as Charlie Lee’s close range header forced Roche into an impressive save, in which the Irishman tipped the ball over the bar.

Morecambe had some chances towards the end of the game, with Tom Barkhuizen making a good run on the right-hand side to receive Mullin’s lofted through ball and having two shots well saved by Jamie Jones.

In the 88th minute, the home side were awarded a penalty when Liam Wakefield’s cross hit the arm of Charlie Lee in the box. The penalty summed up Morecambe’s day, as substitute Paul Mullin hit the post.

In the fourth minute of added time, Kevin Ellison nearly had a consolation for the Shrimps but ex-Preston keeper Jones was there to keep the aerial shot out, justifying his clean sheet.

Whilst Stevenage are up to 18th in League 2, the Shrimps move down to 10th in the table and travel to Colchester United next week.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Jennings (Conlan 60), Barkhuizen, Rose (c) (Murphy 75), Fleming, Molyneux (Mullin 60), Ellison, Stockton.

Booked: Whitmore, Murphy

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Massanka, Yawson.

Stevenage: Jones, Henry (c), Franks, Wilkinson, Ntlhe, Gorman, Lee, King, Cowans, Godden (Liburd 84), Kennedy (Hyde 83).

Booked: Henry, Cowans

Subs not used: Day, Fox, Schumacher, Pett, Tonge

Attendance: 1,212

Shrimps Suffer Comprehensive Defeat To Continue Poor Home Form

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-3 Carlisle United
	      Grainger 14
              Kennedy 73,78

A goal from captain Danny Grainger and a second-half brace from veteran midfielder Jason Kennedy earned Carlisle another three points today, meaning that they still haven’t lost in the League this season.

Grainger’s goal came as a result of some poor defending from the home side, whilst Kennedy scored a crafty overhead kick and a header from a corner in the second half of the game.

Morecambe did make a good start to the game however, with Paul Mullin having a shot blocked by the hand of a Carlisle defender. The resultant free kick in the fifth minute was stopped by the wall, but the Shrimps managed to get the ball in the box to Peter Murphy but unfortunately for them he was in an offside position.

Carlisle had their first real chance four minutes later, with Nicky Adams beating McGowan for pace and cutting inside, but his shot was saved and cleared out for a corner, which was ineffective.

In the fifteenth minute, Keith Curle’s side took the lead with their second chance of the game. Barry Roche parried away a shot, and Grainger picked up on the loose ball placing it in the right-hand corner with power, whilst Morecambe’s veteran keeper was vulnerable.

The game was fairly even for the next fifteen minutes, and chances were almost non-existent until Kevin Ellison made a cracking run with the ball, playing a good ball through to Barkhuizen. The impressive move ended with Peter Murphy’s shot, that went well wide of the mark in the 29th minute.

Five minutes later, ex Morecambe striker Shaun Miller found himself in acres of space but he could only shoot wide.

Cole Stockton had a shot well saved by Gillespie to his right in the 39th minute following a good run from Tom Barkhuizen for Morecambe.

There continued to be action at both ends towards the end of the first half, and Nicky Adams ended up being one-on-one with Roche moments later but his attempt was saved by the Irishman.

Morecambe’s best chance to equalise came on the brink of half time, when Barkhuizen made a great run to get on the end of Stockton’s pass only for his shot to go just over the bar. The Cumbrians were one goal in front at half time.

In the second half, Carlisle looked like doubling their lead early on with Shaun Miller putting in a good ball to Mike Jones only for his shot to be cleared off the line by Edwards two minutes in, and Danny Grainger’s impressive free kick was saved by Roche to his right moments later.

In the 51st minute, Morecambe’s Cole Stockton forced Mark Gillespie into another good save when he put in a strong header off the end of James Jennings’ long throw.

The away side thought that they had another opening five minutes later when Shaun Miller’s long range shot was saved, and Jabo Ibehre netted the rebound but his goal was ruled out as he was offside.

Miller continued to link up well with Ibehre, playing a great ball towards the big centre-forward, whose header was tipped over the bar by Barry Roche in the 62nd minute.

Substitute Jack Dunn had what appeared to be a rare Morecambe chance, with a long-range shot going just wide of the mark in the 71st minute,  and moments later Jason Kennedy scored an overhead kick for the away side with the Morecambe defence giving him way too much space..

Nicky Adams forced Barry Roche in another one-on-one save two minutes later and shortly after, Jason Kennedy headed home at ease from a corner to score his second of the game.

There were little chances in the last ten minutes, with the only two both involving Morecambe’s Cole Stockton. The Tranmere loanee had a shot blocked in the 84th minute, and also headed a rebound wide following Jack Dunn’s shot in added time.

It was yet another poor day at the office for Morecambe at the Globe Arena. Up next for Jim Bentley’s side is Notts County away from home on Tuesday, in the rearranged game following last week’s abandonment and then the Shrimps face Stevenage at home on the Saturday.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Whitmore, Edwards, Jennings, Murphy(c) (Molyneux 69), Fleming, Barkhuizen (Massanka 87), Mullin (Dunn 64), Ellison, Stockton.

Booked: Fleming and Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Hedley, Turner, Wakefield

Carlisle United: Gillespie, T Miller, Raynes, Gillesphey, Grainger(c). Kennedy, Joyce (McKee 81), Jones (Brisley 88), Adams, S Miller (Devitt 64), Ibehre.

Booked: T Miller

Subs not used: Crocombe, Atkinson, Ellis, Salkeld

Attendance: 3,773


Shrimps Beat Stoke Youngsters In Game Of Two Halves

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Checkatrade Trophy Group C (North)

Morecambe 3-1 Stoke City U23s
Dunn 3        Adam 48
Stockton 21
Murphy 44

Morecambe overcame a young Stoke City side featuring some experienced players in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night. Jack Dunn opened the scoring after an early defensive mistake, and Cole Stockton scored twenty minutes later with Peter Murphy slotting home just before half time. Charlie Adam scored Stoke’s only goal of the game early in the second half.

The Shrimps started the game well and Cole Stockton had a shot blocked two minutes in. Just moments later, the home side took the lead when Jack Dunn took the ball off a defender and buried the ball in the bottom-left hand corner past Haugaard.

Twelve minutes later Stoke very nearly equalised through Charlie Adam, but his free kick hit the cross bar. Almost immediately afterwards, Stoke’s fortunes got worse as they were reduced to ten men. Captain Liam Edwards was dismissed after a brutal two-footed tackle on Aaron Wildig, who was making his first start on return from injury.

The Shrimps doubled their lead in the 21st minute after Adam brought down Wildig, and the referee played a great advantage with a cracking ball played through to Stockton, who placed the ball in the bottom right-hand corner beating the keeper.

Fifteen minutes later, Stoke had arguably their best chance of the game so far. Charlie Adam found himself one-on-one with Nizic, but he could only hit the ball over the bar in a chance where most players would’ve scored.

Whilst Wildig forced Haugaard into a save in the 39th minute, Nizic did well to save from Mame Biram Diouf who was one-on-one shortly after, and Charlie Adam hit the rebound wide of the goal.

The night got even better for Morecambe when they extended their lead just before the break. Molyneux played a brilliant long ball to McGowan who picked up the ball on the right-hand side, and Wildig managed to meet the cross although the keeper took him down, and Peter Murphy was there to slot the loose ball home at the far post with the referee playing advantage.

Charlie Adam tested Nizic just before the break, but Morecambe led 3-0 at half time- and deservedly so.

Four minutes into the second half, Stoke reduced their deficit to two goals. Charlie Adam made a great run through an almost non-existent Morecambe midfield, and he placed the ball in the left hand corner to beat Nizic from 20 yards out.

The away side continued to pile the pressure on the Shrimps in the second half, and Mame Biram Diouf headed just wide of the mark moments later as the side looked for another goal.

Jim Bentley made some changes to his side early in the second half, and one of the substitutes almost made an instant impact. Rhys Turner made a great run to meet a Lee Molyneux cross, only for the former Oldham striker to hit the ball over the bar on the half-volley.

Five minutes later, Stoke youngster Oliver Shenton forced Nizic into a good save to his right as the visitors continued to search for a second goal.

In the 70th minute, Glyn Hodges’ side thought they’d found an opening but Mame Biram Diouf’s goal was ruled out because the former Manchester United man found himself in an offside position.

Morecambe keeper Danijel Nizic put in a great performance on the night, and he wasn’t fazed by Charlie Adam’s firepower, as he was able to deal with the Scottish midfielder’s long range shots with ease in the 72nd and 76th minutes respectively.

Cole Stockton failed to make it four for the Shrimps with two shots over the bar towards the end, and so did Michael Rose- his free kick just clipping the post on its way out of play in the 85th minute.

Stoke’s last chance of the game came in the fifth minute of added time when Phil Bardsley, who featured as a 90th minute substitute for the first team at Old Trafford at the weekend, hit a powerful shot wide.

Jim Bentley’s side move up to third (out of four) in their group, and face leaders Bradford in a decisive game next month. Up next in the league for the Shrimps, is Carlisle United at home on Saturday.

Morecambe: Nizic, McGowan, R Edwards (Barkhuizen 54), Winnard, Whitmore, Molyneux, Murphy(c), Kenyon (Rose 69), Wildig (Turner 47), Stockton, Dunn

Booked: Murphy and Dunn

Subs not used: Roche, Wakefield, Mullin, Massanka

Stoke City U23s: Haugaard, Bardsley, Taylor, Molina, Muniesa, Renee-Pringle, Adam, Ngoy,  L Edwards(c),  Shenton (Telford 72), Diouf.

Booked: Bardsley

Sent off: L Edwards(c)

Subs not used: Jarvis, Isted, Sweeney, Waddington

Attendance: 686 (144 away)


Dolly Blues’ FA Cup Run Ends With Defeat to Kidderminster

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FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round

Lancaster City 2-3 Kidderminster Harriers
Connerton 24       Brown 22,49
Akrigg 45+1        Waite 52

Lancaster’s impressive FA Cup run was ended today by a strong Kidderminster side at Giant Axe today. Andre Brown opened the scoring for the away side 22 minutes in, before Connerton closed the deficit with a swift equaliser. Billy Akrigg scored a stunning goal just in injury time to put the Dolly Blues in front at half time, however second-half goals from Andre Brown and Tyrell Waite meant that it was the Harriers who progressed to the fourth qualifying round.

The game started with much of the battle coming in the midfield, so there were little chances in the first twenty minutes.

Kidderminster’s first chance came nine minutes in, when Elton N’Gwatala hit a hopeful shot over the bar. Twelve minutes later, the National League North side were in front. Lancaster failed to properly defend a corner, and consequently Andre Brown was able to slot home from close range.

The away side’s lead didn’t last long at all however, as just moments later Billy Akrigg found himself through on goal and he gave the ball to Jordan Connerton- who made a good supporting run- and the in-form striker was able to slot home from at the far post to put Phil Brown’s side back on level terms.

Ten minutes later, the home side could’ve taken the lead as Jacob Gregory found an opening on the right-hand side, but unfortunately there was no one making a supporting run to get on the end of his cross.

Kidderminster then had a spell where they looked much more likely to score, with Croasdale shooting straight at the keeper. One of the away side’s better chances came when James McQuilkin found himself one-on-one with Mike Hale, and the keeper was there to make a great save- preventing the rebound by turning and pushing the ball out for a corner.

Hale was forced into a save from Gnahoua five minutes later, the shot coming from long range and the keeper making a good diving save down to his right.

Despite Kidderminster’s domination, it was the home side that went in front at half time. Billy Akrigg tried his luck from around forty yards, and he was rewarded as his shot hit the crossbar and went in- sending the home fans wild. 2-1 was the half time score.

In the second half the away side really took the fight to Lancaster, and they were back on level terms within three minutes. McQuilkin made a good run on the left-hand side, and Andre Brown was there to slot home from the cross- scoring his second of the game.

Five minutes later, the side two leagues above City took the lead again. Tyrell Waite made a good run on the right-hand side and cut inside to blast the ball into the bottom-left hand corner, the shot proving to be to good for Mike Hale.

Kidderminster were fully in control of the game for the vast majority of the second half, and they could’ve had a fourth when substitute Sam Austin found himself clean through on goal, but his shot hit the post.

The game became very physical following this, and Lancaster tried to push for an equaliser in the last ten minutes but they didn’t really trouble the opposition defence, featuring the experienced Keith Lowe.

Lancaster’s man of the match Billy Akrigg had a shot over the bar in the 89th minute, and in the second out of five added minutes at the end of the game City had a shout for a penalty. Croasdale looked to have brought Akrigg down in the box, but the ref didn’t see it that way and play carried on.

The impressive James McQuilkin should’ve scored from close range to seal the victory in the third minute of added time, but his shot was saved by the legs of Mike Hale. Nonetheless Kidderminster got the win, and progress to the next round.

Lancaster City: Hale, Davis, Mercer(c), Westwood, Clark, Gregory (Waters 72), Akrigg, Sumner, Crolla (Wills 57), Mayers (McKenna 61), Connerton.

Subs not used: Thornley, Anderson, Henry, Russell.

Booked: Clark

Kidderminster Harriers: Hornby, Williams, Lowe(c), Tunnicliffe, Francis-Angol, Croasdale, Waite (Carter 73), McQuilkin, N’Gwatala (Austin 65), Gnahoua, Brown (Dieseruvwe 78).

Subs not used: Stamibolziev, Thomas, Palmer.

Booked: Brown

Attendance: 570