City and Warrington share points on glorious summer’s evening at Giant Axe

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Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Lancaster City 2-2 Warrington Town

Clark 66, 90+3       Jerome 12

Hine 80

A late goal from Gavin Clark meant that Lancaster City shared the points with Warrington Town in their first home game of the season at Giant Axe. The visitors took the lead early on through Ruben Jerome. Clark cancelled out Jerome’s goal 20 minutes into the second half with a good effort from the left, before Josh Hine regained the away side’s lead with a preventable header. Gavin Clark then got his second of the game in the third minute of added time, with a brilliant effort to secure a point for Phil Brown’s side.

The first half was all Warrington’s as it was full of chances for the visitors. In the sixth and 11th minutes respectively, they had free kicks in very similar positions. The first one was headed wide on the end of it by James McCarten and the second forced keeper Chris Cheetham to tip Tony Gray’s header over the bar.

Moments later, the Cheshire side were in front through Ruben Jerome. Liam Hynes worked really well on the right to beat Gavin Clark and he played a cracking ball to Jerome, who was able to bury it past the home keeper with the defence not able to track his run.

Tony Gray nearly doubled the visitors’ lead in the 15th minute with a good-looking volley but it went wide of the mark. Lancaster defender Josh Westwood then had a lapse in concentration as he headed backwards and it nearly beat his keeper. Instead it went out for a corner.

Chances were few and far between for the next 20 minutes or so in the game until Josh Hine came close again. The winger cut in from the right-hand side after beating Clark with ease, and his shot forced a brilliant save from keeper Chris Cheetham to his right.

Warrington Town led 1-0 at half time.

Lancaster started the second half better than they did the first, but the half wasn’t without Warrington chances. Oliver Wood managed to get past ex-City keeper Tony McMillan with a lob two minutes in but it was covered by the visiting defence. Ruben Jerome then nearly doubled the visitors’ lead but it was cleared off the line by Gavin Clark, shortly before Wood was denied by the Warrington keeper to the left and the ball was cleared away.

Ten minutes later, Billy Akrigg’s attempt went over the bar but then in the 67th minute Lancaster had an equaliser coming from an unlikely source. Left-back Gavin Clark beat his man and then his long-range effort beat McMillan to his right.

Warrington were back in front around twenty minutes later through Josh Hine. The winger took advantage of the loose ball and headed past Cheetham – who was off his line.

New Lancaster shot-stopper Chris Cheetham appeared out of his box more than once, and he nearly conceded another goal as a result. Substitute Dylan Vassallo attempted to exploit the keeper’s vulnerability off his line, but his effort went over the bar.

Lancaster’s best chance without scoring came in the 84th minute. Billy Akrigg’s pinpoint corner reached the head of captain Ricky Mercer who could only head onto the post.

Phil Brown’s side piled on the pressure in the last five minutes of the game. Substitute Hannu Tam found himself one-on-one with McMillan in the 87th minute but he was prevented from taking a shot.

Gavin Clark headed over from a corner in the second minute of added time, but he made up for this later on with a brilliant goal. Similarly to his first goal, the former Morecambe trainee made a great run along the left flank before striking the ball brilliantly with his right-foot into the top-left corner to send the home support wild and grab a late point.

The result means that Lancaster move up to 5th ahead of their clash at home to Mickleover Sports on Saturday whilst Warrington are 4th ahead of their trip to Coalville.

Lancaster City: Cheetham, Steel, Westwood, Mercer(c), Clark, Wills, Winder, Akrigg, S Bailey (C Bailey 57), Harries (Tam 85), Wood (Kilifin 85).

Subs not used: Dugdale and Sumner

Warrington Town: McMillan, Richards, McCarten, Goulding, McKeown, Williams, Hine, Hynes (Vassallo 72), Hughes (Mwasile 63), Jerome, Gray (Barnes 54).

Subs not used: Ashcroft, Carden.

Attendance: 260

 

 

 

Imps and Shrimps share points in entertaining encounter

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Sky Bet League 2

Lincoln City 1-1 Morecambe

Green 70            Wildig 53

Morecambe took a well-earned point from an entertaining game against newly-promoted Lincoln City at Sincil Bank today. Aaron Wildig took an unlikely lead for the Shrimps in the 53rd minute, but this was cancelled out by Matt Green’s deserved equaliser in the 70th minute.

In a packed Sincil Bank for Lincoln’s first home game back in the EFL, the hosts had a great start to the game. Michael Bostwick came close for Cowley’s side twice in the first four minutes, shooting wide at both attempts however.

Three minutes later Matt Rhead headed over on the end of a good ball from Jordan Maguire-Drew, shortly before Rhead’s strike partner Matt Green had a shot blocked by Sam Lavelle from close range.

Morecambe’s only real chance in the first 20 minutes fell to Alex Kenyon in the 15th minute, but his weak effort from long-range didn’t trouble Paul Farman at all.

Moments later, Lincoln’s best chance of the half so far came from Jordan Maguire-Drew. The winger cut through from the right-hand side but his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by visiting keeper Barry Roche.

In the 17th minute the hosts came close yet again, this time through Matt Green. Dean Winnard gifted the ball to the forward and he cut through but his shot went wide of the mark.

Green did all the dirty work in the build-up to another chance eight minutes later, with great footwork, but he failed to provide a decent end-product with his shot going wide.

Morecambe had a rare chance in the 30th minute. Captain Michael Rose put in a really good ball from his throw-in and Wildig headed just over the bar.

The hosts then came close moments later with two efforts. Matt Green found himself one-on-one with Roche, but the keeper blocked his shot well and then Nathan Arnold forced the Shrimps keeper to make a good save to the left from close-range.

The visitors’ best chance of the half came in the 39th minute. Patrick Brough headed the ball down to Aaron McGowan, and the full back tried his luck from roughly 40 yards out. His shot curled round the defence and hit the crossbar.

Morecambe had a much better start to the second half. Aaron Wildig had two poor chances early on. The second one was particularly frustrating for him as Garry Thompson had worked really well on the left-hand side before giving the ball to Wildig in acres of space. All he had to do was put it away, but he essentially he passed it to the keeper Paul Farman.

He made up for these missed opportunities however moments later as he put the Shrimps in front in the 53rd minute. Michael Rose hit an overpowered corner but Vadaine Oliver kept the ball in, before Patrick Brough teed up the midfielder with a great ball. Wildig volleyed home in the bottom-left corner to send the 124 visiting fans wild.

Despite Morecambe’s lead, Lincoln continued to dominate the game and they almost equalised five minutes later. Sean Raggett had a header cleared off the line by Kevin Ellison in the 58th minute and then Matt Rhead tried his luck from close range only for his shot to be pushed away by the excellent Roche, and then Matt Green managed to shoot wide in the 62nd minute despite being in acres of space.

Two minutes later, Rhead nodded the ball towards Green on the end of a free kick, but Green headed over the bar despite the lack of opposition from the Morecambe defence.

Lincoln got the equaliser they deserved in the 70th minute through Matt Green. The striker capitalised on Sam Lavelle’s defensive error and put the ball past Roche in the bottom-right corner sending the 8,000 Lincoln fans wild.

Two minutes later, Barry Roche did brilliantly to prevent Cowley’s side from taking the lead. Roche, in what was definitely one of his best games in a Morecambe shirt. put on a brilliant triple save to keep out Rhead and Green’s efforts,

Morecambe had a rare chance in the 80th minute through Patrick Brough. His long-range effort was caught by keeper Paul Farman.

In the 90th minute Matt Green’s header was stopped on the line by Barry Roche. There were five minutes added by the referee at the end of the half, but Morecambe managed to hold on for a point despite it being a backs to the wall job for much of the game.

Morecambe now sit in 5th in League 2 whilst Lincoln City are in 19th. Up next for the Shrimps is Swindon Town at home on Saturday whilst the Imps travel to Exeter City.

Lincoln City: Farman, Long, Dickie, Raggett, Eardley, Maguire-Drew (Anderson 83), Bostwick, Woodyard (c), Arnold, Green, Rhead (Palmer 83).

Subs not used: Whitehouse, Waterfall, Howe, Knott, Vickers.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Winnard, Lavelle, Brough, Kenyon, Rose, Thompson, Wildig (Fleming 84), Ellison (Turner 73), Oliver (Old 77).

Subs not used: Nizic, Campbell, Conlan, Osbourne.

Attendance: 8,060 (124 away)

 

Barnsley edge Morecambe in seven-goal thriller

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Carabao Cup 1st Round

Barnsley 4-3 Morecambe

Bradshaw 2,46  Lavelle 45+1Ugbo 22         Rose 49 penHedges 90+5  Oliver 82

Championship side Barnsley were on the right side of a seven-goal thriller on Tuesday night as they defeated League 2’s Morecambe 4-3. Tom Bradshaw took the lead early on for the hosts, and Ugbo doubled their lead in the 22nd minute. Morecambe fought back through Sam Lavelle on the brink of half time, but Bradshaw was quick to score in the second half as well. The visitors managed to get it back to 3-3 with goals from Michael Rose and Vadaine Oliver and the game looked like it was heading for extra time, but substitute Ryan Hedges made sure that didn’t happen with a goal in the very last minute of stoppage time.

Whilst Morecambe appeared to have much of possession very early into the game, Barnsley had the better start. They were hitting the Shrimps on the counter-attack regularly and looked very threatening. Their superiority in attack was demonstrated just two minutes in when forwards Ike Ugbo and Tom Bradshaw linked up really well to get the ball past the defence with ease, and Bradshaw was able to bury it past Nizic in the bottom-left corner.

Ten minutes later Bradshaw came close again. Full back Andy Yiadom worked well on the left-hand side and put in a pinpoint ball to Bradshaw but his effort was saved by Nizic one-on-one.

Moments later, the Yorkshire side hit the Shrimps on the counter-attack. Morecambe’s defence looked wide open, but fortunately for them Ugbo’s effort went over the bar.

The first real chance of the game for Jim Bentley’s side came in the 18th minute, and it was almost a spectacular goal. Andy Fleming tried his luck from long-range, and his shot dipped just over the bar.

Alex Kenyon got his head on the end of Michael Rose’s corner two minutes later only for it to be pushed away by Davies, and then Barnsley were able to hit Morecambe on the counter with defender Sam Lavelle struggling to keep up with Ike Ugbo – who netted home from close range to double the home side’s lead.

It was almost three for the Championship side in the 25th minute with Tom Bradshaw’s one-on-one effort being pushed away by Nizic to his right.

Aaron McGowan tried his luck from long range for the Shrimps ten minutes later, only for it to be pushed away by keeper Adam Davies.

Morecambe had the better of the last ten minutes of the half. Vadaine Oliver’s effort was cleared off the line in the 43rd minute shortly before Sam Lavelle’s shot on the end of Rose’s corner beat Davies in the top-left corner to give Jim Bentley’s side some hope going into the interval with the score at 2-1.

The second half began much like the first half. Tom Bradshaw headed home on the end of a good cross from the left in the 46th minute to get his second of the night.

Three minutes later, Morecambe got a penalty however as Vadaine Oliver was brought down in the box by Angus MacDonald. Captain Michael Rose stepped up to take the penalty and he hit it in the top left corner to put the Shrimps in reaching distance of an equaliser.

Barnsley threatened on the counter-attack again ten minutes later, but Dan Nizic in the Morecambe goal kept the efforts out. George Moncur was twice denied by Nizic – being parried away first time and then denied one-on-one shortly afterwards.

Morecambe came close in the 66th minute through Vadaine Oliver, but the striker’s shot deflected off a defender and then was tipped over by keeper Davies.

Five minutes later ex-Blackpool winger Brad Potts had a shot well blocked by Alex Kenyon shortly before Ugbo’s effort was kept out by Nizic.

Garry Thompson came on as a substitute for the Shrimps, and had a real impact when he came on. He got the assist for Morecambe’s equaliser in the 82nd minute – crossing the ball into Oliver who headed home from close range to score his first goal for the Shrimps.

The game looked like it was heading for extra time, with Michael Rose’s free kick on the edge of the box being kept out by the keeper in added time.

It was heartbreak for Morecambe however in the fifth minute of added time, as Barnsley got a winner in what was effectively the last kick of the game. Substitute Ryan Hedges buried it past Nizic in the bottom-left corner to send the home support wild as it meant Barnsley booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Up next for the Shrimps is Lincoln City away from home in the league on Saturday.

Barnsley: Davies, Pearson, MacDonald(c), Pinnock, Yiadom, Potts (Hedges 89), Moncur, Williams (Mowatt 89), Hammill, Ugbo (Payne 77), Bradshaw.

Booked: Yiadom and Potts.

Subs not used: McCarthy, Townsend, Mallan, Jackson.

Morecambe: Nizic, Lund (Ellison 50), Kenyon, Lavelle, McGowan, Brough, Fleming, Rose (c), Campbell (Thompson 69), Oliver, Turner (Deakin 79).

Booked: Lavelle, Campbell, Thompson.

Subs not used: Roche, Conlan, Brownsword, Wildig

 

 

Shrimps win first league game with Thompson brace

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Thompson 55, 90+1  Eisa 43

A second-half brace from Wembley hero Garry Thompson meant that the Shrimps came from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 2-1. The visitors took the lead shortly before half time through Mohamed Eisa on his football league debut, but Thompson put the ball away at both far posts to secure the three points on his first game for the Shrimps since re-joining the club in the summer.

Both sides started the game well, having early chances. Morecambe had the first chance of the game four minutes in when Garry Thompson played in Andy Fleming whose shot went wide of the mark.

Cheltenham’s first chance of the game came four minutes later when debutant Jerell Sellars made a good run on the left-hand side but his cross was headed away and later cleared by Aaron Wildig.

In the 11th minute Morecambe thought they’d made a breakthrough. The hosts had some good play in the box, with Cheltenham’s defending being scrappy. Kevin Ellison put the ball away past Flatt but the goal was disallowed due to an alleged foul by Vadaine Oliver on the defender.

Morecambe debutant Oliver then had a chance of his own ten minutes later. The new signing from York City headed just over the bar on the end of Michael Rose’s free kick.

15 minutes later Cheltenham had a rare chance and it came through Sellars again. The former Aston Villa man took a great free kick that was on its way in but Morecambe keeper Barry Roche managed to keep it out.

Vadaine Oliver had a great game in his first competitive game for the Shrimps, winning everything in the air. He came very close to getting his first goal for Jim Bentley’s side five minutes before the break. His header on the end of Rose’s brilliant cross was tipped over the bar by visiting keeper Jonathan Flatt.

Shortly before the interval however, Cheltenham took the lead against the run of play. They got a controversial free kick on the left hand side and the ball in wasn’t defended by the Shrimps and Mohamed Eisa was able to slot home from close range to open his account on his Football League debut. The visitors led 1-0 at half time.

Eight minutes into the second half, Eisa almost doubled his side’s lead. The new signing from non-league side Greenwich Borough cut in on the left hand side without much opposition and his shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche.

Morecambe got an equaliser just two minutes later however, and it was a brilliant team goal. Roche started the move with a poor pass to defender Alex Kenyon, but Kenyon managed to keep it in and play the ball to Fleming who played a great through ball to Wildig. Wildig was one-on-one with the keeper, and the 25-year-old gifted the ball to the unmarked Thompson on the right who put the ball past the keeper to score his 57th league goal for the Shrimps.

This lifted the home support, and there was now a real sense that the hosts could win the game. Oliver excited the Shrimps fans when he was one-on-one with Flatt three minutes after Thompson’s goal but his shot was saved by the keeper, who spent time on loan at Barrow last season.

Cheltenham got a free kick in a threatening position in the 61st minute, but the free kick was blocked by Kenyon and went out for a corner.

Morecambe later got a free kick of their own in a threatening position seven minutes later but Rose’s attempt went over the bar.

Chances were few and far between until the last ten minutes when it really livened up. Jim Bentley’s new captain Michael Rose had a powerful shot at goal go just wide of the mark in the 81st minute, and then three minutes later Cheltenham keeper Flatt was involved in a confusion between him and his defence meaning that Wildig was able to lob him but it was cleared away by defender Will Boyle.

The away side had a golden opportunity to get a winner two minutes from time but Boyle absolutely bottled it. The defender got the ball in front of an open net but still somehow managed to hit it over the bar.

It was Morecambe who got the winning goal, and deservedly so. Rose’s long range free kick was headed into the danger zone by Vadaine Oliver and Cheltenham defender Kyle Storer helped the ball on its way to Thompson who put the ball away from close range at the far post to secure the three points for the Shrimps in added time.

A great win for the Shrimps puts them in 6th whilst Cheltenham are 18th. Next up for Jim Bentley’s side is Championship side Barnsley in the Carabao Cup at Oakwell on Tuesday evening.

Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Kenyon, Winnard, Brough, Fleming, Rose (c), Thompson (Lavelle 90+3), Wildig (Campbell 86), Ellison (Turner 71), Oliver.

Booked: Roche, Winnard, Wildig

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Conlan, Deakin

Cheltenham Town: Flatt, Grimes, Boyle, Storer (c), Cranston, Winchester, Atangana (Holman 90+3), Forster, Sellars, Wright, Eisa.

Booked: Atangana

Subs not used: O’Shaughnessy, Page, Bower, Lovett.

Attendance: 1,450