Morecambe 1-0 Lancaster City
Morecambe defeated local rivals Lancaster City thanks to a last minute winner on a patchy afternoon at the Globe Arena. Andy Fleming scored the only goal of the game for the Shrimps heading home from close-range to seal what was a deserved win.
The game started in a quick manner with both sides looking to play good football. Morecambe were the only side to really come close however in the first half, and they did this on more than one occasion.
20 minutes into the game Morecambe winger Steven Yawson found himself in plenty of space on the left-hand side and his powerful attempt at goal was well saved by Lancaster keeper Chris Cheetham.
Ten minutes later Shrimps veteran forward Kevin Ellison ended up one-on-one with Cheetham, and the visiting keeper impressed yet again – keeping his side in the game with his right leg.
Garry Thompson nearly had his second goal of pre-season shortly before the break but his header on the end of a cross went just wide of the mark. It was therefore goalless at the interval.
Morecambe were straight out of the traps in the second half, and had a whole series of chances – demonstrating their clear dominance. One clear chance came when Alex Kenyon headed over from a corner against his former club four minutes into the second half.
New Shrimps full back Mitchell Lund, who is on loan from Doncaster Rovers, started some good play ten minutes later playing a good ball through to Garry Thompson – who turned and shot straight at the Lancaster keeper.
Lancaster had one of their only chances of the game just moments later. Full back Gavin Clark took the ball from Steven Yawson and resorted to an ambitious shot from long range, which went wide of the goal and didn’t trouble Niall Maher in the Morecambe goal.
Michael Rose and Adam Campbell both came close for the Shrimps shortly after in the 60th and 61st minute respectively. Garry Thompson started a good move for the home side, with a great run on the right-hand side but unfortunately Rose couldn’t come up with the end product – shooting over the bar. Campbell then got the ball in space and looked very comfortable on the ball, but his shot from long range went just wide of the goal.
New signing from York City Vadaine Oliver came off the bench for the home side and had a few chances, but wasn’t much of a threat to Lancaster. He showed good strength, but his finishing wasn’t good enough. The 25-year-old headed over the bar from a cross in the 72nd minute before shooting straight at the keeper three minutes later.
Young midfielder Ben Hedley, who was another Morecambe man to come off the bench, found himself on the end of a corner in the 78th minute and his powerful shot went just over the bar.
Morecambe created plenty of chances in the second half, but it looked like they were never going to score. Reece Deakin worked well on the left-hand side and gifted the ball to Campbell in the 86th minute but his shot was pushed away by Lancaster’s sub keeper.
Jim Bentley’s side got what they deserved four minutes later, when they got a winner through Andy Fleming. Luke Jordan worked well on the right-hand side and put in a great ball that was met by the head of Fleming and beat the keeper.
Therefore Morecambe won the first Bay Trophy match between the two sides, and it is hoped the game between the two sides will become a regular feature of future pre-season schedules.
Morecambe face Preston North End next on Tuesday evening at the Globe Arena.
Morecambe: Maher, Lund (McGowan 63), Trialist (Trialist 63), Kenyon (c), Brough (Conlan 63), Rose (Hedley 63), Fleming, Yawson (Jordan 63), Campbell, Ellison (Deakin 63), Thompson (Oliver 63).
Lancaster City: Cheetham, Henry, Clark, S Bailey, Westwood, Mercer, Howarth, Carney, Tam (C Bailey),Winder, Harries.
Subs used: Sub keeper, Hoyle, Hudson, C Bailey, Shearwood, Creech, Woods, Wood.