Shrimps slump to defeat against play-off hopefuls Mansfield

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-3 Mansfield Town

Mullin 6              D Rose 4,33

Whiteman 39

Morecambe slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat, ensuring they didn’t pick up any points in March, with a 3-1 loss against Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena yesterday.

Mansfield started the game very well, and were straight out of the traps. Matt Green headed just over the bar on the end of a good cross three minutes in, shortly before Danny Rose put the Stags in front. The away side caught the Shrimps defence half-asleep, with a quick throw-in making its way towards the former Bury frontman – who buried the ball from close range with ease.

The away side’s lead only lasted two minutes however, as Paul Mullin equalised for the home side. Roche played a good long ball towards Mullin, who only had the last man to beat. He beat the defender, and slotted the ball past Mansfield keeper Kean.

Morecambe grew into the game gradually, and Aaron Wildig came close in the eighth minute with his shot deflecting off a defender and going out for a corner. Michael Rose then had a good attempt at goal with his curved shot going just over the bar in the 14th minute for the home side.

Mansfield later had a few chances, exposing Morecambe’s weak defence. Shaquile Coulthirst cut through the defence with ease from the left-hand side, shooting straight at Roche in the 17th minute and then five minutes later Alex MacDonald’s goal-bound free kick deflected off Matt Green and went wide.

Roughly ten minutes later, the away side were back in front. Roche played out a poor goal-kick along the floor to Michael Rose, who didn’t take full control of the ball, and as a result Danny Rose was able to capitalise on this for the away side with a good run and a shot beating Roche to his left despite the keeper getting a touch to the ball on its way in.

Morecambe came close five minutes later, after a good ball to Turner. He made a run before giving the ball to Fleming, who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Just moments later, Mansfield went up the other end and got a third goal. Peterborough loanee Shaquile Coulthirst was on the receiving end of a good ball, and he was able to play it to Benjamin Whiteman – who buried the ball pass Roche to extend the Stags’ lead. Steve Evans’ side led 3-1 at half time.

Morecambe began the second half with great attacking intent. Aaron Wildig found himself through on goal, forcing Kean to make a good diving save to his left just fifteen seconds in.

Five minutes later however, Mansfield came close to getting a fourth goal. Danny Rose got through on goal as Luke Conlan fell, but luckily for the home side Dean Winnard managed to track back and diminish the threat that Rose posed, meaning that he could only shoot straight at Roche in the end. Shaquile Coulthirst later came close for the away side on 54 minutes, with his shot parried away by Roche.

There was action at both ends, with Paul Mullin finding an opening for the Shrimps two minutes later. The striker found himself in a good position to shoot, but his effort with his weaker foot went well wide of the mark.

Morecambe were forced to defend again, with Whiteman’s shot being blocked by Winnard. Whitmore’s clearance came off Coulthirst and luckily for the Burnley loanee the ball went over in the 61st minute.

There was little action for much of the rest of the second half, but Coulthirst’s shot went just wide in the 87th minute.

Substitute Luke Jordan had a late attempt on goal blocked by the defence for Morecambe a minute from time.

It was yet another poor day at the office for the Shrimps, and as a result they now sit in 19th place in the League 2 table. They face Cheltenham Town away from home next week. Mansfield on the other hand remain in ninth position, and are now just a point off the play-offs. They face Exeter City at home in their next game.

Morecambe: Roche 5, Duckworth 6, Winnard 5 (c), Whitmore 6, Conlan 6 (Molyneux 75), Rose 5, Fleming 7 (Evans 68), Turner 6 (Jordan 65), Wildig 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Sub ratings: Evans 6, Jordan 6, Molyneux 6

Booked: Duckworth and Winnard

Subs not used: Wakefield, McGowan, Murphy, Maher (GK).

Mansfield Town: Kean 7, White 6, Bennett 7, Howkins 6, Benning 7, MacDonald 7 (Potter 86), Byrom 7, Whiteman 7, Green 6 (Baxendale 80), Coulthirst 6, Rose 8 (Arquin 76).

Sub ratings: Arquin 7, Baxendale n/a, Potter n/a

Booked: Benning and Rose.

Subs not used: Taft, Jensen (GK), Hamilton, McGuire.

Attendance: 1,497








Shrimps slump to another defeat at expense of rivals Stanley

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-2 Accrington Stanley

Wildig 82            McCartan 45+2, 66

Morecambe suffered their fifth consecutive defeat against local rivals Accrington Stanley at the Globe Arena last night. Shay McCartan scored the visitors’ two goals, with a free kick on the brink of half time and his second coming as a result of a defensive mistake from Alex Whitmore. Aaron Wildig got a goal back for the Shrimps and brought some momentum out of the side, but it was too little too late.

Accrington started the game well, showing a lot of energy and pace. They came close to taking the lead just four minutes in, with Noor Husin’s shot hitting the post.

Two minutes later Shay McCartan came close, with his shot going just wide, and then in the tenth minute Stanley got through the Morecambe defence with ease and McCartan’s shot went straight at Roche.

Morecambe’s best chance of the game without scoring came in the thirteenth minute. Lee Molyneux made a good run along the right-hand side, and he put a good ball in towards Whitmore – whose header went just wide of the mark.

Four minutes later, Stanley came close again with Sean McConville’s shot going just over the bar. They also came close in the 29th minute when they counter-attacked a poor Morecambe corner, but McCartan’s shot could only go over the bar.

Shay McCartan found himself involved in the action a lot during the first half, and he put Stanley in front just before half time. Ellison gave away a free kick in a dangerous position, and the striker was able to place the ball brilliantly in the top-right corner – beating Roche.

In the second half Morecambe came reasonably close to equalising two minutes in, but Rose didn’t quite connect with his shot and whilst Murphy put the ball in the back of the net, it was ruled offside.

Fifteen minutes later Dean Winnard put in a good ball for the home side, but Turner couldn’t quite get on the end of the ball- however if he had, there was every chance that he would’ve put the ball away.

In the 66th minute, Accrington extended their lead. John Coleman’s side hit the Shrimps on the break and last man Alex Whitmore fell over, giving Shay McCartan only the keeper to beat and the forward went up and did just that – slotting the ball past Roche to his right.

The only real save Accrington’s keeper really had to make came in the 75th minute. Kevin Ellison found the ball in the box, and his shot forced Rodak into a good diving save to his right.

Morecambe got a goal back in the 82nd minute through Aaron Wildig. Andy Fleming played a good ball to the attacking midfielder, who was situated on the right-flank at the time, and the ex-Cardiff man curled the ball into the top left corner with his left foot to give the Shrimps any kind of chance of getting a result.

Wildig’s goal gave the home side momentum, with the fans getting fully behind them and tension rising. Substitute Luke Conlan made a great run on the left-hand side two minutes later – giving the ball to Rose – whose shot was tipped over the bar by the keeper.

Whilst Jim Bentley’s side continued to put the pressure on for an equaliser towards the end, Accrington managed to hold on for the win – and the injury to Morecambe defender Ryan Edwards towards the end didn’t help.

The result means that Accrington move above the Shrimps in the league table, and now sit in 14th whilst Morecambe move down to 16th. Accrington face Grimsby Town next at home on Saturday, whilst the Shrimps are at home to Mansfield Town.

Morecambe: Roche 6, Duckworth 5, Edwards 6, Whitmore 6, Winnard 6 (Conlan 70), Rose 6, Murphy 5 (c) (Fleming 56), Molyneux 6 (Mullin 56), Wildig 7, Ellison 6, Turner 5.

Sub ratings: Fleming 7, Conlan 7, Mullin 7.

Booked: Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan, Ellison

Subs not used: Maher, McGowan, Wakefield, Jordan.

Accrington Stanley: Rodak 7, Rodgers 6, Hughes 7, Beckles 7, Pearson 6, McConville 7, Conneely 6 (Donacien 72), Husin 7, Clark 7, Kee 6, McCartan 8.

Sub rating: Donacien n/a

Booked: Rodgers

Subs not used: Gornell, Boco, Hewitt, Shaw, Chapman, Edwards

Attendance: 1,506 (346 away)




Morecambe extend losing run to three games with defeat to Newport

Morecambe v Newport

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-1 Newport County

Bird 67 pen

Relegation contenders Newport County won their second consecutive game this evening, with a 1-0 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena. The only goal of the game came with Ryan Bird scoring from the spot in the 67th minute.

Morecambe started the game well, with a good through ball being played through to Rhys Turner on the right. The winger managed to get round the keeper, and his shot was cleared off the line in the second minute.

Moments later, Antony Evans attempted a lob for the home side but it didn’t trouble Newport keeper Chris Day.

Following this short spell of good play from the Shrimps, Newport dominated play and really should’ve gone in front. Tom Owen-Evans brought a good diving save out of Roche in the sixth minute, and five minutes later Joss Labadie’s header from a corner looked to be going in, but Whitmore managed to block it out for another corner.

After some poor defending from the resultant corner, Alex Samuel had a shot going just over the bar and then moments later Ryan Bird got on the end of a shot to deflect the ball and force Roche into an excellent diving save to his left.

Newport found themselves coming very close to scoring again in the 34th minute, when Scot Bennett’s long range shot forced a save from Roche- but he couldn’t push the ball away and the Shrimps’ defence just about managed to prevent the away side scoring from the rebound. Sean Rigg headed just wide on the end of a good cross from the right-hand side two minutes later, colliding with Whitmore in the process.

Despite all the chances Newport had, it was arguably Morecambe who had the best chance of the half. In the last minute of injury time, Antony Evans had a sweet strike from long range- hitting the crossbar. It was goalless at the break.

Four minutes into the second half it looked like Newport had taken the lead through Ryan Bird, but Dean Winnard managed to somehow keep the ball from crossing the line- controlling the ball comfortably.

Paul Mullin came close for the Shrimps in the 53rd minute, cutting in from the left, and his curled shot prompted an excellent diving save by Chris Day to his right- keeping the ball out.

Sean Rigg brought another good save out of Roche twelve minutes later, and then Morecambe hit the Welsh side on the counter-attack. Mullin made a good run along the right, and put in a good ball to Evans- whose shot went just wide of the mark.

By the 65th minute, Newport were awarded a penalty. Alex Whitmore brought down Alex Samuel in the box as he cut in from the right, and the referee didn’t really hesitate to point to the spot. Ryan Bird stepped up and took a brilliant penalty going nicely down the middle to beat Roche, who dived to his right.

Lee Molyneux had a shot blocked in the 71st minute, and roughly ten minutes later Michael Rose had a good long range effort- with his powerful shot going just wide.

Substitute Jazzi Barnum-Bobb looked threatening going forward for the away side, and his pace enabled him to get through a tired Morecambe defence with ease in the 86th minute- his shot going just wide.

Despite the fact that there were seven minutes added due to several long stoppages, Morecambe failed to make use of the extra time they had and Newport managed to hold on for the victory.

Morecambe remain in 15th following tonight’s result and face Plymouth Argyle away from home on Saturday, whilst Newport move off the bottom and face in-form Blackpool at Rodney Parade at the weekend.

Morecambe: Roche 8, Wakefield 6 (Duckworth 54), Edwards 6, Whitmore 6, Winnard 5 (c), Rose 7, Fleming 6, Turner 5, Evans 6 (Murphy 78), Ellison 5 (Molyneux 68), Mullin 5.

Sub ratings: Duckworth 5, Molyneux 5, Murphy 6.

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Wildig, Conlan.

Newport County: Day 8, Pipe 7, Nelson 6, O’Brien 6 (Barnum-Bobb 80), Butler 6, Owen-Evans 6, Bennett 7, Labadie 7, Rigg 7 (Demetriou 70), Samuel 8 (Williams 87), Bird 7.

Booked: O’Brien

Sub ratings: Demetriou n/a, Barnum-Bobb 8, Williams n/a.

Subs not used: Randall, Jackson, Bittner, Gordon.

Attendance: 1,080




Shrimps suffer comprehensive defeat against Yeovil

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-3 Yeovil Town

Evans 53              Butcher 45+2

Lacey 65

Mugabi 71

Yeovil picked up their first win in nine games with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena this afternoon. Matt Butcher opened the scoring with an impressive strike just before half time, and Antony Evans equalised for Morecambe eight minutes into the second half. Further Yeovil goals from Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi sealed the win for the visitors later in the half.

Both sides started the game reasonably well. Morecambe had the first chance of the game with Kevin Ellison on the receiving end of a good ball from Michael Duckworth, – but he could only shoot straight at the keeper. Yeovil came very close to scoring two minutes later, when Ben Whitfield’s shot was pushed away by Roche before Bevis Mugabi’s header from the resultant corner was tipped over the bar.

In the eleventh minute Paul Mullin came close for Morecambe, connecting well from an impressive cross from the left only for his header to go straight into the hands of the keeper, – who just managed to keep the ball behind the line.

The game was rather scrappy for some of the first half, with little chances coming. The Shrimps’ next chance came in the 27th minute, with some good build up play from Antony Evans- only for the chance to go begging with Paul Mullin shooting straight at the keeper.

Shortly afterwards Yeovil came close, with Tom Eaves heading just wide on the end of a good cross coming from the right.

Morecambe came close on the brink of half time, with Lee Molyneux cutting inside from the left but his shot was met with a good save from Artur Krysiak.

Two minutes into added time Yeovil took the lead through Matt Butcher. Tom Eaves had a shot blocked by the defence, and the ball fell to Butcher who caught Roche off his line- lobbing him from around thirty yards out. The away side led 1-0 at half time.

Two minutes into the second half, Whitfield shot just wide for the away side whilst Molyneux had a shot parried away by the keeper just moments later at the other end.

Paul Mullin found himself through on goal in the 52nd minute only for him to shoot straight at the keeper. Moments later he made up for this- cutting through from the right and having a shot at the keeper which was saved, before Antony Evans netted home the rebound to put the Shrimps back on level terms.

Yeovil were back in front just thirteen minutes later, after some poor defending from the Shrimps. Ryan Edwards failed to clear his lines, instead gifting the ball to Alex Lacey who slotted home from a yard out.

Roche was forced to make a cracking diving save to his left to keep out Zoko’s acrobatic shot in the 71st minute, and before we knew it Yeovil had scored a third thanks to Bevis Mugabi’s easy header from the resultant corner.

It could’ve been 4-1 a few minutes later as Dawson hit the post for the visitors, before Zoko missed an open net- hitting the ball well over the bar.

Yeovil continued to impress in the final ten minutes, piling on the pressure whilst Morecambe stumbled. Matt Butcher almost had his second goal of the afternoon, but his long range shot was saved by Roche to his right before Tom Eaves shot wide in an effort where he should’ve done much better.

Yeovil’s victory means that they sit in 17th on 43 points in League 2, whilst the Shrimps remain in 15th with 46 points. Up next for the Shrimps is Newport at home on Tuesday night, whilst Yeovil face Barnet away from home on Wednesday.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Whitmore 5, Edwards 6, Winnard 5, Duckworth 5, Murphy 4 (c), Wildig 5, Molyneux 6, Evans 8 (Turner 78), Mullin 6, Ellison 4 (Jordan 78).

Sub ratings: Turner n/a, Jordan 6.

Booked: Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, McGowan, Conlan, Fleming.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak 7, Shephard 6, Mugabi 7, Lacey 7, Dickson 6, Dolan 7, Lawless 6 (Butcher 44), Dawson 7, Whitfield 9, Eaves 7, Zoko 6.

Sub rating: Butcher 8.

Booked: Butcher

Subs not used: Maddison, Sowunmi, Bassett, Akpa-Akpro, James, Harrison.

Attendance: 1,433





Morecambe suffer first away defeat of 2017

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Sky Bet League 2

Blackpool 3-1 Morecambe

Cullen 14         Evans 83
Potts 54
Edwards og 80

Morecambe suffered their first away defeat of 2017 today, losing 3-1 to local rivals Blackpool.

Mark Cullen opened the scoring for the Seasiders, and he was backed up with a goal from Brad Potts early in the second half. A Ryan Edwards own goal put the game to bed for Gary Bowyer’s side in the 80th minute, whilst the Shrimps got one back through Antony Evans in the 83rd minute- but it came too late to mount a successful comeback.

It was a rather scrappy start to the game, with both sides having half chances but there wasn’t really any stand out ones.

Blackpool did however take the lead in the 14th minute, through Mark Cullen. Brad Potts made a good run on the right hand side and put a good ball in towards Cullen, who headed home from close range.

Two minutes later, Potts had a chance of his own- going through on goal but his shot was saved by Roche to his right.

In the 24th minute, Morecambe came close through Michael Duckworth- whose shot was blocked on the end of a corner.

Blackpool had two great chances to double their lead shortly afterwards. Colin Daniel forced Roche into a good save to his left following a good run in the 25th minute, whilst Potts really should’ve scored when he got past Whitmore easily only for his shot across goal to go just wide in the 28th minute.

Morecambe had a good spell of play towards the end of the half, but they didn’t take their chances. Paul Mullin forced Dean Lyness into a good save to his left from close range, before Whitmore had a shot blocked in the 38th minute. From the resultant corner, Edwards came reasonably close- but his attempt went over the bar. Blackpool led 1-0 at half time.

In the second half, the Shrimps started well showing good attacking intent but they didn’t have many chances. In the 54th minute, Fleming provided some promising play going forward but then he was brought down and Blackpool hit the away side on the counter attack. Brad Potts made a great run and he buried the ball in the bottom-left, leaving Roche with no chance, and doubling his side’s lead.

The home side really should’ve made it 3-0 ten minutes later, when Murphy gifted the ball to Flores only for him to shoot straight at Roche despite being one-on-one.

Morecambe started to pile on the pressure, and in the 69th minute Mullin hit the ball just over the bar with a good effort.

The Shrimps’ best chance of the half without scoring came four minutes later when substitute Rhys Turner made a great run on the right-hand side and put in a good ball but Mullin sliced it just wide of the mark.

Blackpool had another promising chance to score in the 79th minute when Armand Gnanduillet came one-on-one with Roche, but he failed to beat the veteran shot-stopper. The Seasiders did get a third moments later however, when Bright Osayi-Samuel did some great work on the left to get past Duckworth and his shot deflected off Edwards on its way in.

Morecambe got a goal back in the 83rd minute through Antony Evans. Substitute Aaron McGowan made a great run on the right, and he provided a good ball to Mullin- whose shot was blocked before substitute Antony Evans smashed home the rebound from close range to score his first goal in professional football.

The away side looked to pile on the pressure towards the end in order to mount a comeback, but they didn’t really test the Blackpool defence. The only time they really tested them towards the death was when Ryan Edwards had a shot straight at the keeper in the second minute of added time. Blackpool took their chances and that is why they won the game at the end of the day.

The result means that the Seasiders move up to 11th in the League 2 table, whilst the Shrimps move down to 15th. Blackpool face Plymouth Argyle away from home next on Tuesday night, whilst the Shrimps are next in action at home to Yeovil in a week’s time.

Blackpool: Lyness 7, Aimson 7, Aldred 8 (c), Robertson 7, Mellor 7, Potts 8, Payne 7 (Black 84), Flores 7 (Osayi-Samuel 67), Daniel 8, Cullen 8 (Gnanduillet 73), Delfouneso 6.

Booked: Daniel

Sub ratings: Black n/a, Osayi-Samuel 8, Gnanduillet 6.

Subs not used: Nolan, Boney, Odelusi, Correia.

Morecambe: Roche 6, Wakefield 6 (Turner 60), Edwards 7, Whitmore 5, Duckworth 5, Fleming 5 (McGowan 74), Murphy 5, Wildig 7 (Evans 79), Molyneux 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Booked: Roche and Murphy

Sub ratings: Turner 7, McGowan 7, Evans 6

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

Attendance: 3,453 (786 away)