Mainy’s Matchday Thoughts: Morecambe 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Morecambe back to winning ways (hopefully!)

What a win it was for the Shrimps yesterday! I came away from yesterday’s game absolutely overwhelmed, I’d forgotten what it was like to see Morecambe win a game that mattered.

With our last league win at home coming against Portsmouth on the 16th August, it was such a relief to get the three points especially given the current circumstances at the club.

Stepping up

Morecambe’s squad is small, especially now two good players in Tom Barkhuizen and Jack Dunn have left the club. What was great to see, was Rhys Turner stepping up to fill the void.

Turner, 21, who signed from Oldham Athletic in the summer, is a player I hadn’t seen much of before Tuesday’s game at Crewe. He hasn’t appeared to be one of the players in Jim Bentley’s plans for most of this season, and all I’d seen of him was a couple of substitute appearances- so it was hard to make a judgement on him. I was really pleased for him when he scored his first goal for the club at Crewe on Tuesday, and he impressed me again yesterday. Playing on the right-wing, Turner beat his opponents for pace on numerous occasions and he was good in the air considering his size! He also made some good supporting runs, and was really unlucky not to score- most notably when he hit the crossbar from about two yards out with an open net in front of him. What summed his performance up perfectly was when I heard a man behind me say “Turner should be starting every game”.

Important contributions

Whilst every Morecambe player made important contributions to the game, there were two players in particular who were key to their success.

Aaron Wildig, who was named the sponsors’ man of the match, made some key passes and runs- stimulating some great attacking moves. Unfortunately he has been very unlucky with injuries this season, limiting him to just six starts from a possible 25, and you can see that he makes a real difference to the side. He brings pace, vision and creativity to the team, and he is one of those players that should be on the score sheet fairly regularly. He has been unlucky with goals too. He gets into the right positions, but never seems to take his chances. For example, against Coventry City he had a shot cleared off the line and yesterday he hit a brilliant shot from a corner that forced Plymouth’s keeper into a great save as well as a header hitting the crossbar in the second half. Hopefully he will get what he deserves soon!

Michael Rose was absolutely crucial to Morecambe’s success in yesterday’s game in my opinion. He made some brilliant passes and blocks, and seemed to affect the vast majority of the game. The set-piece specialist’s corners were outstanding. Every single one of them. There was one spell in the game, where the Shrimps had five quick corners in succession. He delivered all of them, and every single one caused Plymouth problems- hence why they were forced to bring a player down in the box. Rose surprised me by stepping up for the penalty, but he showed us exactly how it’s done. When he paused during his run up for the penalty, I thought he had stumbled but what it did instead was trick the keeper. A classy penalty! It is also worth noting that he was key to both goals, delivering the corner that led to Peter Murphy’s goal in addition to his penalty. Without his contributions, we wouldn’t have won that game. In my opinion, he has been Jim’s best summer signing- and has strengthened the midfield.

A team performance

It was amazing to see the players have a lot of fight in them in yesterday’s game- something that had been lacking in previous games. The game plan certainly worked, and you could tell that they had worked on their set pieces. The defence has improved, but I think there is still work to do on that front. As for the attack, I think that they posed a threat on a regular basis. They looked exciting going forward, creating plenty of chances, and they could’ve scored four/five goals. They weren’t great in the final third, with Cole Stockton in particular appearing to lack confidence in front of goal at the moment- and finishing is something they need to work on still. The missed chances could’ve come back to haunt them, and they made it harder for themselves by not putting the game to bed. You can’t fault the players’ for their effort and hard work in the game though- they fully deserved the victory.

Player ratings

Barry Roche: 7- Didn’t have a lot to do for much of the game, and this was shown when he was out of position for their goal. He made a crucial stop towards the end however to keep Morecambe in front.

Liam Wakefield: 6- Was good in the air, but gave the ball away a bit too much.

Dean Winnard: 7.5- Solid, didn’t really put a foot wrong.

Ryan Edwards: 8- Brilliant distribution, won the ball in the air and didn’t put a foot wrong.

James Jennings: 7- Won the ball in the air most of the time, and some good passes.

Rhys Turner: 8.5- Very effective on the right hand side, utilised his pace and should’ve scored.

Michael Rose: 9- His corners were excellent and made some cracking long balls and tackles.

Peter Murphy: 7- Took his goal well, made a few mistakes but got into some good positions.

Kevin Ellison: 6.5- Got into some good spaces, but was lacking in pace and his finishing could’ve been better.

Aaron Wildig: 9- Made some great passes, should’ve scored and his work rate was excellent.

Cole Stockton: 8- Some great passing play, should’ve scored and maybe got an assist too. Lacking confidence in front of goal.

Subs

Paul Mullin: 6- Didn’t really do much to be honest, but didn’t do anything wrong

Ntumba Massanka: 7.5- Looked exciting when he came on, should’ve scored

Aaron McGowan: N/A- Came on in the last minute

What other Shrimps’ fans thought

Finley Cowperthwaite: “The team were superb from start to finish, and fully deserved the win. Everyone showed passion, something that has been missing in the past seven home games. To dominate a team who are top of the league takes a lot of hard work and quality, and we had both of these in abundance. Hopefully we are able to carry on this momentum into upcoming games, and push on towards the top half of the table.”

CJ Green: “It was one of the best performances of the season, if not the best. It was great to see the players have a bit more passion than the last couple of games. It was great having Wildig back, and he’d get my MOTM. He looked so sharp and quick, always pressing the defenders and chasing down every ball. Very unlucky not to score with his header. Turner was a close second for MOTM- it was good to see him start a home game and like Wildig he should’ve scored. Let’s hope it’s the same standard of performance in our upcoming games.”

Dan Main: “Best game Morecambe have played at home in a long time. We knew that Plymouth were a good side but we just turned up with confidence and that is why we won the match. The team defended well and worked well attacking. There are many positives from this performance and we just need to keep working well as a team.”

Alan Main: “It was great to witness Morecambe winning at home again after a long two months, with seven straight league defeats at home leading to despondency amongst the home fans. Rhys Turner looked a threat down the right and Wildig was involved in lots of the action and deserved his man of the match.”

Alan Cain: “I think Jim got the team selection spot on and I was very happy to see the team playing some good football and getting stuck in, which I think has been lacking in our last few games. Difficult to pick a MOTM as they all played well, however I think I was most impressed with Wildig, he was like a terrier and just didn’t give up.”

David Hyomes: “When Plymouth did their pre match analysis on the Shrimps they will have been shocked at what they actually got! Recent games at the Globe have seen the opposition have an unhindered path to the edge of our penalty area as we stood off from making a challenge. However Saturday was different- we put challenges in forcing Argyle into errors. Totally delighted with our effort & spirit Michael Rose may not be our captain but he plays like a captain! James Jennings is looking better- getting much more involved. Jim, Ken and the guys have taken some stick in recent weeks but considering the circumstances they are currently operating in I thought Saturday’s performance was superb. Also thought the backing from the Shrimps fans was incredible even when we were attacking the away end!”

 

 

Shrimps end awful run with dominant victory over league leaders

 

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Rose 20 pen        Threlkeld 44

Murphy 63           Slew s/o 47

Morecambe ended a run of seven home games without a league win today with a morale boosting victory over league leaders Plymouth. Michael Rose took the lead for the Shrimps with a classy penalty in the 20th minute, before Oscar Threlkeld cancelled out the lead just before half time for the away side and then Morecambe captain Peter Murphy headed home from a corner to seal the victory for the home side.

The game was lively from the very start, with Cole Stockton having a shot straight at the Plymouth keeper within forty seconds of the game starting.

The away side had their first chance of the game just moments later with Jordan Slew hitting the ball just over the bar.

Graham Carey hit the ball just over the bar on the end of a fourth minute corner, but it was still too early to predict who was going to score first.

Ten minutes later however, it became very clear which team was going to score the opening goal of the game. Morecambe had five corners in the space of five minutes, all of which caused problems for the Plymouth defence. The third corner in that period made its way to Aaron Wilidg, who hit the ball perfectly only for his shot to be well saved by McCormick to his left in the 18th minute.

The fifth corner led to a goal. Cole Stockton was brought down in the box by Gary Miller soon after the corner was taken, and the referee awarded the Shrimps a penalty. Michael Rose, who took all the corners, stepped up and wrong-footed the visiting keeper slotting the ball in the bottom-right corner in the 20th minute.

The goal gave the home side a boost, with a number of chances being created but unfortunately they came to nothing. Cole Stockton hit the ball over the bar after a good ball from Kevin Ellison in the 23rd minute, before Aaron Wildig and Cole Stockton linked up well with some good passing but unfortunately for them Ellison wasn’t able to provide the finishing product.

Four minutes later, Morecambe had a massive chance that would’ve gone in 90% of the time. A great ball from the left-hand side found Rhys Turner, who hit the crossbar despite there being an open goal.

It was the away side that finished the half well, despite the home side’s dominance. Derek Adams’ side showed some great passing ability, but they didn’t find the finishing product in the 38th minute despite the build-up play looking promising.

Plymouth were back in the game just before half time. A good ball was played in from the right-hand side, and Shrimps keeper Roche came out of his area to try and collect the ball only for him to misjudge it and Oscar Threlkeld to head home into an empty goal unopposed. It was 1-1 at half time.

Morecambe had a corner early on in the second half, with Cole Stockton’s shot going wide on the end of it.

Just moments later, Plymouth had a shout for a penalty but it went completely against them. Jordan Slew was adjudged to have dived, and the referee sent him off for a second bookable offence.

The home side took advantage of the away side going down to ten men, and they very nearly scored ten minutes after the sending off. Kevin Ellison controlled the ball well, and his shot hit the post.

Six minutes later, Morecambe were back in front. Michael Rose took yet another brilliant corner, and Peter Murphy was able to head home from it to score his first goal of the season.

Moments later, the Shrimps should’ve had a third but Aaron Wildig could only head the ball onto the crossbar.

As Morecambe looked to put the game to bed, Cole Stockton found himself clean through on goal with a brilliant run only for his shot to be saved by the keeper to his right. Three minutes later, the Tranmere loanee headed home from a great ball by Jennings, but the goal was disallowed because of a push from the striker as he headed the ball.

Despite an open goal, Kevin Ellison somehow managed to fire the ball wide in the 74th minute.

Morecambe almost paid the price for their missed chances when the away side had a free kick in a threatening position. Luckily for the home side, Barry Roche was able to stop Jervis’ free kick with his legs and his stop had enough power on it to clear the ball away.

Burnley loanee Ntumba Massanka impressed for the home side when he came off the bench, and he came very close to scoring just before the death. His powerful shot from the right-hand side deflected off a defender before hitting the post and going out for a corner.

With five minutes added and the away side pushing for a late equaliser, Morecambe managed to withold the pressure by defending well securing a fully deserved and well worked for three points.

The victory means that the Shrimps move up to 17th position, whilst Plymouth drop off top spot. Up next for the Shrimps is Scunthorpe United away from home in the Checkatrade Trophy 2nd round, a week on Tuesday, whilst Plymouth face Newport in the FA Cup next weekend.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Winnard, Edwards, Jennings, Ellison (McGowan 90+4, Murphy (c), Rose, Turner (Massanka 84), Wildig (Mullin 82), Stockton.

Booked: Rose, Ellison, Wakefield

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Molyneux, Jordan.

Plymouth Argyle: McCormick (c), Miller, Bulvitis (Osborne 75), Bradley, Threlkeld, Songo’o, Jervis (Tanner 88), Carey (Garita 72), Smith, Donaldson, Slew.

Booked: Donaldson and Slew

Sent off: Slew

Subs not used: Goodwillie, Rooney, Dorel, Fox.

Attendance: 1,435

 

Poor defending proves costly as Shrimps lose for fourth consecutive league game

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Sky Bet League 2

Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Morecambe

Kiwomya 19                   Turner 8

Jones 42

Goals from Alex Kiwomya and James Jones ensured Crewe Alexandra came from behind to beat Morecambe on Tuesday night. Rhys Turner took the lead for the away side with some great counter-attacking play, whilst Kiwomya pounced on a rebound to equalise for Crewe before James Jones slotted home from close range just before the break.

Morecambe started the game very well, and could’ve taken the lead very early on with captain Peter Murphy hitting the ball just over the bar two minutes in.

Five minutes later, the Shrimps were in front after some impressive counter attacking play. Michael Rose made a great block from Kiwomya’s shot, and the ball went to Wildig who played a cracking through ball to Rhys Turner. The summer signing from Oldham, then ran very quickly along the right-hand side and smashed it in the top left hand corner- taking his first goal for the club in style.

Morecambe’s lead only lasted ten minutes however. Chris Dagnall had a shot saved by the legs of Barry Roche, and Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya fired the rebound into the top corner to get the home side back into the game.

Five minutes later, Crewe really should’ve gone in front. Shrimps defender Liam Wakefield slipped, meaning that Ryan Lowe was clean through on goal- but he took his shot prematurely meaning it didn’t test Barry Roche at all, as the ball went straight to him.

Whilst it was a fairly exciting game, and Morecambe were playing well, there were little noticeable chances in the first half. However, the home side punished the Shrimps for their poor defending just before half time. The away side left too much space on the left-hand side, and this enabled Oliver Turton to carry the ball in space and put the ball in the box to James Jones who slotted home stylishly from close range.

Just before half time, Morecambe did get a free kick in a threatening position- but Michael Rose could only hit it straight at the keeper so Crewe were in front at the break.

Two minutes into the second half, Aaron Wildig’s shot went just wide for the Shrimps.

The home side could’ve extended their lead in the 52nd minute, when Chris Dagnall found himself in plenty of space but the striker could only hit it over the bar.

Morecambe had a strong chance to get back in the game seven minutes later, but Peter Murphy’s shot was blocked from close range. Cole Stockton could only hit the ball over the bar for Jim Bentley’s side moments later. Whilst the Shrimps were creating chances their finishing wasn’t good enough in the final third.

Barry Roche kept Morecambe in with a chance with a crucial save from Kiwomya’s 63rd minute shot.

Whilst the away side were battling for an equaliser, they weren’t really getting anywhere with their chances as Crewe were strong at the back.

In contrast, Morecambe were fairly weak at the back- providing Crewe with some easy chances. Substitute Callum Saunders should’ve put the game to bed for the home side in the 79th minute, but he somehow managed to hit the ball over the bar despite having an open goal and being two yards out.

The Shrimps were throwing everyone forward in their quest for an equaliser. Ryan Edwards and James Jennings both wasted chances in the dying moments of the game, with long range shots going over the bar.

Crewe missed another sitter in the last minute of the game, with a good long ball being played to Harry Davis who headed it across goal to Lowe who shot wide despite being very close to the goal.

Morecambe looked to have a corner in the very last moments, and keeper Barry Roche began to run up for the corner looking for his second ever goal but it turned out to be a goal kick instead, much to the dismay of the travelling fans.

Some would argue that the Shrimps deserved to get something out of this game, but at the end of the day their defensive errors proved costly.

Crewe now sit in seventh ahead of their game away to Colchester on Saturday, whilst Morecambe move down to 20th and face league leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Turton, Davis, Guthrie, Ng, Cooper (Wintle 88), Jones, Hollands, Kiwomya (Lowery 74), Dagnall (Saunders 78), Lowe(c).

Subs not used: Nugent, Richards, Udoh, Ainley

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards, Jennings, Conlan (Molyneux 66), Murphy(c), Rose, Wildig (Ellison 68), McGowan, Turner (Mullin 75), Stockton.

Booked: Wakefield and Edwards

Subs not used: Nizic, Massanka, Hedley, Jordan.

Attendance: 2,844 (131 away)

 

 

Shrimps Disappoint Again With 7th Consecutive Home League Defeat

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-2 Luton Town

Hylton 26

Vassell 60

Luton Town extended their unbeaten league run to nine games, with a comfortable win over Morecambe today. Danny Hylton took the lead for the away side 26 minutes in, finding himself in plenty of space and burying the ball in the bottom-right corner, whilst Isaac Vassell doubled Luton’s lead in the second half heading the rebound home off the crossbar.

The away side started really well and looked in control of the game from minute one. Danny Hylton had their first chance four minutes in, forcing Roche to save with his legs.

Three minutes later, Luton had a penalty appeal when Alex Whitmore appeared to bring down Isaac Vassell in the box but it was deemed a legal tackle by the referee to the relief of the home following.

It was very end to end for most of the first half, with both teams defending reasonably well. This all changed however in the 26th minute when Danny Hylton found himself in a lot of space. He made a good run to cut inside past the Morecambe defence and he beat Roche with a powerful well-drilled shot which beat the veteran shot-stopper in the bottom right-hand corner.

Four minutes later Hylton found himself in a very similar position again and had a similar shot, but this time it didn’t beat Roche- who made a good save to his right.

Morecambe had a few chances in the last ten minutes of the first half. Ryan Edwards was very ambitious in the 35th minute, winning the ball and hitting it just over the bar from long range with the keeper off his line.

Dean Winnard made good use of a free kick three minutes later, putting in a pin-point ball to Cole Stockton who turned and forced the visiting keeper into a good save to his left.

The home side had one of their best chances of the half towards the end, with Murphy, McGowan and Molyneux all linking up well with some good passing play. Molyneux put a good ball into the box, and the end result was that Kevin Ellison headed wide in the 43rd minute. The visitors led 1-0 at the interval.

Morecambe had a promising start to the second half as well, with Alex Whitmore heading just over the bar from an impressive James Jennings cross in the 46th minute.

Luton came very close to scoring in the 52nd minute with Justin having a powerful shot deflected off a defender to go wide. It looked to be going in otherwise.

They doubled their lead ten minutes later through Isaac Vassell. With Jennings failing to track back for the Shrimps, full back James Justin made good use of the space he had on the right flank. He made a good run, and then had a shot parried onto the crossbar before Isaac Vassell headed home the rebound.

Other than Lee Molyneux’s shot that was blocked by the Luton defence in the 62nd minute, the Shrimps never really threatened the away side in the second half. Nathan Jones’ side could’ve gone on to score two or three more goals with the chances that they had.

Danny Hylton linked up well with Mpanzu and they literally passed it round the Morecambe defence only for their effort to go into the side netting in the 64th minute.

Hylton had a shot cleared off the line by Winnard moments later, before he had a shot parried away by Barry Roche in the 77th minute.

It got worse for Morecambe in the 85th minute when they went down to ten men. Alex Whitmore was sent off for the second time this season with a rash challenge.

The Shrimps managed not to concede in the last ten minutes of the game (including added time) by which they were playing with ten men. They were lucky to only lose by a two-goal margin, and will look to put the result behind them as they face Crewe Alexandra away from home on Tuesday night.

Morecambe: Roche, Winnard, Edwards, Whitmore, McGowan, Rose, Murphy (c) (Turner 71), Jennings, Molyneux, Stockton (Massanka 82), Ellison (Mullin 71)

Booked: Rose

Sent off: Whitmore

Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, Dunn, Conlan

Luton Town:  Walton, Justin, Mullins, Rea, Sheehan (c), Lee, Ruddock (Smith 83), Gilliead (Gray 86), McGeehan, Vassell (Marriott 80), Hylton.

Booked: Smith and Hylton

Subs not used: O’Donnell, Mackail-Smith, McQuoid, King

Attendance: 1,507

 

 

Shrimps Qualify For Knockout Stages With Victory Over Bantams

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Checkatrade Trophy Group C (North)

Morecambe 3-2 Bradford City

Mullin 54              Vuckic 52,83

Stockton 66,68

Goals from Paul Mullin and Cole Stockton ensured Morecambe booked a place in the Checkatrade Trophy knockout stages today, with a 3-2 victory over League 1’s Bradford City.

Whilst the first half didn’t feature a great deal of chances, both sides had promising spells of play. The Shrimps had their first chance early on, with Lee Molyneux having a promising shot saved by Sattelmaier to his right six minutes in.

Just moments later, the away side found an opening but Marc McNulty scuppered his chance with the shot going over the bar.

The opening ten minutes was very end-to-end and Morecambe came close with Stockton getting past a defender as a result of good footwork and his through-ball almost met Jack Dunn but the ball was stopped in its path by the keeper.

James Meredith had Bradford’s best chance of the half in the 30th minute, when he was found in space but his shot was blocked by Aaron McGowan and the ball went out for a corner.

Other than the chances mentioned above, there weren’t really any talking points in the first half. Jack Dunn and Filipe Morais fired over the bar in the 36th and 43rd minutes for their respective sides. It was goalless at half time, and a first half to forget really.

Morecambe made two changes at half time, with Michael Rose and Paul Mullin replacing Lee Molyneux and Peter Murphy. Rose almost made an instant impact, getting a free kick in a threatening position four minutes in. The midfielder’s free kick was a good one, but it was blocked by the wall and went out for a corner.

Bradford took the lead three minutes later, after some poor defending from Jim Bentley’s side. Michael Rose failed to clear the ball away, and it was put on a plate for Haris Vuckic who hit the ball into the top corner from about five yards out to put the League 1 side in front.

Their lead didn’t last long at all though as substitute Paul Mullin got the Shrimps back into the game almost instantly. He beat the full back with ease, and placed the ball neatly in the bottom-right hand corner.

The goals provided a spark, and the game became a lot more exciting- Felipe Morais almost put the Bantams back in front with a shot going just over onto the side netting in the 60th minute.

Despite Morecambe looking weak at the back, Bradford did too. Both sides left a lot of space on the wings, and as a result Liam Wakefield was able to play a long ball to Jack Dunn on the left-hand side and he played an impressive ball to Stockton-who was able to slot the ball past the keeper to put the Shrimps in front in the 66th minute.

Stockton had his second of the night just two minutes later- the Tranmere loanee with good footwork again to turn and hit the ball with power. The ball came off the post and went in, and Bradford looked like they weren’t ever going to save this game.

Cole Stockton almost had his hat trick in the 70th minute, but he could only head over the bar.

In the 83rd minute, Bradford were back in with a chance as Newcastle United loanee Haris Vuckic scored an impressive free kick putting it in the top-left hand corner to score his second of the night.

The visitors attempted to put the pressure on for an equaliser towards the end of the game, but it wasn’t really enough to test Morecambe with striker Rhys Turner staying back to do a lot of the dirty work. Their only real chance towards the end came through James King, and the best he could do was hit the ball over the bar in the 86th minute.

Cole Stockton had his final chance to get his hat trick shortly afterwards, but all he could do was hit it straight into the hands of the keeper.

Morecambe deserved the win, and they finished the group stage in second place so continue to the knockout stages whilst Bradford also qualify having beaten Bury and Stoke City previously. Next up for the Shrimps is a trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Morecambe: Nizic, McGowan, Wakefield, Whitmore, Edwards, Conlan, Murphy (c) (Rose 46), Fleming, Molyneux (Mullin 46), Dunn (Turner 77), Stockton.

Booked: Edwards and Fleming

Subs not used: Roche, Winnard, Wildig and Massanka.

Bradford City: Sattelmaier, Meredith (Wright 69), McArdle, Clarke (c), Windle, Hudson (Rabiega 76), Devine, King, Morais, McNulty, Vuckic.

Booked: McNulty

Subs not used: Boateng, Webb-Foster and Cracknell

Attendance: 827

 

Entertaining FA Cup Battle Ends In A Draw

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FA Cup 1st Round

Morecambe 1-1 Coventry City

Winnard 59         Sterry 72

Morecambe battled out an entertaining draw against League 1’s Coventry City in the first round of the FA Cup today. Dean Winnard took the lead for the Shrimps, slotting home at the far post from a corner whilst Jamie Sterry equalised for the away side thirteen minutes later.

The Shrimps had a very good start to the tie, with full back Aaron McGowan having a go from long range five minutes in-his accurate shot saved by Lee Burge to his right.

Two minutes later, Jim Bentley’s side came very close with Dean Winnard hitting the crossbar off the end of an excellent corner.

Morecambe continued to have promising chances throughout the first half, with Aaron Wildig shooting just over the bar in the 19th minute.

The only chance that the away side could come up with in the first half came through Kyel Reid, whose shot from long range went over the bar in the 35th minute.

Jim Bentley’s side came close to taking the lead on two occasions just before half time. In the 39th minute, Michael Rose’s powerful effort would’ve beaten Burge had it not been for Ruben Lameiras’ deflection taking it over the bar, and then moments later Tom Barkhuizen made a cracking run on the right-hand side with an equally impressive cross which met Aaron Wildig, whose close range effort was cleared off the line. Surprisingly it was goalless at half time.

Having made one change at half time, Coventry started the second half much stronger and looked likely to take the lead. Marvin Sordell had a shot which deflected off Whitmore before going wide six minutes in, and then there was a goal-line scramble- with the Shrimps clearing their lines eventually. Moments later however, the former England under-21 international was on the attack again- hitting the crossbar before substitute Jack McBean, who is on loan from LA Galaxy, shot wide on the rebound.

In the 58th minute, Morecambe were back on the attack and Aaron Wildig found himself in a good position and his shot was saved before Stockton’s rebound went wide.

Just moments later, the home side had a corner and the ball was flicked on by Cole Stockton towards Dean Winnard, who slot home at the far post for his first ever Morecambe goal.

Coventry were back on the attack five minutes later in response, and Andre Wright’s shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche.

Paul Mullin came on as a substitute for the home side, and he made an instant impact on the game- battling for the ball with the keeper before being brought down- and some would argue that the keeper should’ve been sent off but the referee didn’t give anything.

Four minutes later, Coventry were back into the game. Jamie Sterry made a good run on the left-hand side and he cut inside to bury the ball in the bottom-right hand corner with the help of the post to put the Sky Blues back on level terms.

In the last ten minutes of the game, it was Morecambe who looked more likely to score- battling until the very end. Paul Mullin had a very ambitious attempt on goal in the 83rd minute with a shot from around forty yards out, going just wide of the goal.

Cole Stockton found himself through on goal in the 87th minute, thanks to an impressive ball by Michael Rose, but the keeper beat him to it.

Morecambe had a series of corners in the dying moments of the game, but they came to nothing and Coventry came very close to getting a winner. In the third minute of added time, they played some really good attacking play with Ryan Stevenson literally walking through the defence but fortunately James Jennings made a match saving block to secure the Shrimps an impressive draw- which was the least they deserved.

Up next for the Shrimps is more League 1 opposition in Bradford City on Wednesday, who they face in a decisive final group game in the Checkatrade Trophy before they travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday in the League.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Winnard, Whitmore, Jennings, Murphy (c), Rose, Molyneux (Dunn 76), Wildig (Mullin 67), Barkhuizen, Stockton.

Booked: Whitmore and Murphy

Subs not used: Wakefield, Nizic, Conlan, Fleming, Turner

Coventry City: Burge, Kelly-Evans, Willis, Turnbull, Sterry, Rose, Stevenson, Sordell, Lameiras, Reid (McBean 46), Wright (Maycock 78).

Booked: Sterry and Lameiras

Subs not used: Jones, Ricketts, Tudgay, Charles-Cook, Harries

Attendance: 1,732