Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 0-2 Stevenage
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