Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 1-0 Grimsby Town
A goal from Lee Molyneux secured a victory for Morecambe today, ensuring they move up to 13th in the League 2 table.
Molyneux’s goal came just two minutes in, with the Shrimps catching Grimsby off-guard from a corner. Rose decided to go short with the corner, and Molyneux hit the ball first time into the bottom-right corner in what was a stunning strike.
Six minutes later, the away side came close to scoring an equaliser when Gavin Gunning met a brilliant cross from the right, but his header went straight into the hands of Roche.
Grimsby had much of possession in the first half, but they didn’t really have many chances as they weren’t brilliant in the final third. Most of their long balls didn’t tend to cause any problems for the Morecambe defence.
The home side could’ve in fact doubled their lead in the 35th minute, through Andy Fleming. Rose put in a good corner, and Fleming had his shot cleared off the line.
Jamey Osbourne came close for the visitors just before the interval, slicing through the defence only for his 41st minute shot to go wide. At the other end, the Shrimps had some promising play with Whitmore, Evans and Edwards having attempts quick in succession two minutes later- but Grimsby managed to prevent them from doubling their lead. Bentley’s side led 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, Morecambe upped their game and could’ve been 2-0 up just four minutes in. Fleming played a good ball to Mullin on the right, and he beat the keeper with a shot buried in the left-hand corner but it was adjudged to be offside by the linesman.
In-form Mullin was involved in the action again ten minutes later, this time forcing McKeown into a fantastic save to his right to stop the ball from reaching the top corner.
Mullin had arguably his best chance of the game in the 64th minute, when Evans worked well in the box and put in a good ball to the striker- who headed onto the crossbar.
Chris Clements had a shot blocked by Ryan Edwards two minutes later for the away side, and then in the 78th minute Zak Mills’ shot went straight at Barry Roche.
Paul Mullin worked his socks off for the home side, and he found himself through in the 78th minute, getting past the Grimsby keeper- but McKeown showed his versatility by tracking back and pushing the ball out for a corner.
The corner came to nothing, and in the 88th minute Grimsby came ever so close through Danny Andrew- whose shot went just over the bar.
Morecambe looked to have put the game to bed in the first minute of stoppage time. Rhys Turner utilised his pace and exceptional control with the ball, with his long-range shot hitting the post, and Kevin Ellison was there to slot home the rebound- but it was ruled offside by the linesman.
Therefore, the game finished 1-0 thanks to Molyneux’s early strike. The result means that the Shrimps move up to 13th with five points separating them from the play-off places. They face a tough challenge against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday night, whilst Grimsby move down to 14th and face Colchester United at Blundell Park the same day.
Morecambe: Roche 7, Edwards 8, Whitmore 8, Wakefield 8, McGowan 8, Fleming 8, Rose 9 (c), Molyneux 8, Evans 7 (Wildig 70), Ellison 7, Mullin 9 (Turner 85).
Sub ratings: Wildig 8, Turner 8
Subs not used: Nizic, Hedley, Conlan, Jordan, Duckworth.
Grimsby Town: McKeown 7, Mills 6, Pearson 7, Collins 7, Andrew 6, Gunning 7 (Davies 80), Bolarinwa 6 (Yussuf 83), Clements 7, Osborne 6 (Asante 64), Jones 6, Dyson 7.
Sub ratings: Asante 6, Davies 6, Yussuf 5.
Subs not used: Disley, Boyce, Comley, Maxwell.