All you need to know about Morecambe’s next opponents Carlisle

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Morecambe tomorrow face a side from a neighbouring county that just missed out on promotion last season, in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Globe Arena (7:45pm kick off).

Last season

Carlisle United enjoyed the first half of the 2016/17 season as they sat in the top 3 most of the time. Keith Curle’s side were unbeaten for the first 15 games of the season in the league, and they found themselves in the top three in League 2 for five months. The Cumbrians went into the Christmas month of December in top spot, and promotion was looking likely. Unfortunately for them, it all went to pot in 2017 as they won just six out of 23 games and only booked their place in the play-offs because of wins against Newport County and Exeter City in the last two games of the season. Keith Curle’s side were knocked out by the latter in the play-offs, losing 6-5 on aggregate following two very close Semi Final legs.

Their record in cup competitions last season was good – getting past the first round of every cup competition. They took Derby County to penalties in the League Cup second round losing 14-13, whilst they topped Group D in the Checkatrade Trophy with wins over Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers U23s and Fleetwood Town. They were knocked out by Mansfield Town with a 3-2 loss in the first knockout round of the competition.

Charlie Wyke was the club’s top scorer last season with 18 goals, despite leaving for Bradford City on transfer deadline day in January.

Summer transfer business

Carlisle lost three key players at the end of last season. Keeper Mark Gillespie, striker Jabo Ibehre and defender Michael Raynes all rejected new deals and manager Keith Curle has been forced to replace them. The former England international has brought in eight players including 23-year-old shot-stopper Jack Bonham on loan from Brentford along with forwards Hallam Hope and Richie Bennett from Bury and Barrow respectively. Raynes has been replaced by Tom Parkes who has joined from now National League side Leyton Orient.

Their start to the season

The Blues have had a strong start to the season. To supplement an unbeaten pre-season, the Cumbrian side have won two of their first four league games and currently occupy 11th place in the League 2 standings. They made it to the second round of the Carabao Cup – defeating Fleetwood Town 2-1 after extra time before a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Championship side Sunderland last Tuesday. Former Shrimps forward Shaun Miller is currently the side’s top scorer with three goals in all competitions and they come to the Globe Arena tomorrow in a fairly strong position.

It isn’t all hunky-dory for Keith Curle’s side as last time out they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank with their only goal of the game coming from Reggie Lambe.

How they’ve fared against Morecambe

In 11 meetings between the two sides in the 21st century, Carlisle have won four, whilst Morecambe have won one and there have been six draws. They’ve faced each other before in the Checkatrade Trophy’s predecessor, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, in 2009 where Carlisle won 4-2 on penalties in the encounter at Christie Park. In the last meeting between the two sides, they shared the points as Charlie Wyke cancelled out Aaron Wildig’s early opener at Brunton Park.

Is another draw on the cards? Let’s find out…


Championship side Forest knock out Newcastle in five-goal thriller

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Carabao Cup 2nd Round

Newcastle United 2-3 AET Nottingham Forest

Mitrovic 3 Aarons 45+1  Cummings 29,31 Walker 97

Two goals in two minutes from Jason Cummings and an extra time header from Tyler Walker was enough to send Nottingham Forest to the third round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Premier League side Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons contributed with goals for the hosts, Mitrovic taking the lead three minutes in before Rolando Aarons equalised for Rafael Benitez’s side on the brink of half time.

Newcastle United had a dream start to the game at St James’ Park with Aleksandar Mitrovic taking the lead just three minutes in. Rolando Aarons made a good run on the left-hand side before playing a good ball in towards the striker who sent the ball on its way into the top-right corner in what was his first shot of the game.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Nottingham Forest however, as four minutes later Ben Brereton found himself through on goal only for his effort to be stopped by keeper Karl Darlow on the edge of the box.

Newcastle almost doubled their lead in the ninth minute however. Nottingham Forest keeper Jordan Smith was off his line and Mohamed Diame tried his luck from long range, only for his shot to go just over.

Both defences looked relatively open, and as a result Nottingham Forest nearly came close through Jason Cummings fifteen minutes later. The forward however had his effort pushed away by Darlow.

Cummings managed to get Forest back into the game six minutes later, heading home from close range on the end of Kieran Dowell’s cross.

Two minutes later, Cummings got a second goal – taking the lead for the East Midlands side. He found himself one-on-one with Karl Darlow and managed to lob the former Forest keeper to find the net.

It was almost 3-1 to the visitors in the 33rd minute as Ben Osborn capitalised on a defensive error only for his shot to go over the bar.

Nottingham Forest continued to dominate the rest of the first half, with Newcastle looking very uneasy at the back. Zach Clough got through the defence with ease in the 40th minute only for his shot to be blocked by the keeper and then Cummings’ shot was deflected over and out for a corner.

Despite Forest’s dominance, it was Newcastle who got the next goal of the game on the brink of half time. The impressive Rolando Aarons made a selfish-looking run, as Jacob Murphy was free on his right, but his selfishness paid off as he struck the ball in the top corner to beat Smith and equalise for Benitez’s side at the best possible time.

The hosts started the second half well too with winger Jacob Murphy looking very lively. He forced a good save from Smith, who punched away to the left and out for a corner, and then the former Norwich man cut through with ease five minutes later only for his shot to go over the bar.

Jason Cummings almost had his hat-trick for the visitors in the 60th minute cutting in from the right only for his shot to go over the bar.

Twenty minutes later Newcastle came close as Mitrovic took the ball off Worrall and laid the ball off to Murphy but he could only hit the ball wide.

In added time, Nottingham Forest had a free kick in a very threatening position. Cummings stepped up, and he narrowly missed out on his hat-trick by hitting the bar. With the scores still level after 90 minutes the game went to extra time.

Five minutes into extra time, Mitrovic found the ball in space but failed to take a shot shortly before Jacob Murphy’s shot was blocked on the follow up.

Nottingham Forest found themselves in front again in the 98th minute. Joe Worrall’s header around ten yards out on the end of a corner was met by the head of Tyler Walker at the far post on its way in to send the away fans wild.

The home side were therefore playing catch-up for the rest of the game. Mohamed Diame headed just over from a corner in the 99th minute before Henri Saivet’s volley went just wide four minutes later.

Diame came close again in the second-half of extra time, and he was especially frustrated when he headed just over from a corner in what turned out to be the last kick of the game – failing to send the game to penalties.

Nottingham Forest’s win means that they head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the third round of the Carabao Cup (w/c 18 September).

Newcastle United: Darlow (c), Sterry (Lazaar 58), Hanley, Mbemba, Gamez, Murphy, Saivet, Barlaser (Hayden 70), Aarons (Ritchie 77), Diame, Mitrovic (Joseulu 105).

Booked: Hanley

Subs not used: Lascelles, Manquillo, Woodman.

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Worrall, Fox, Osborn, Clough, Bouchalakis (McKay 45), Brereton (Walker 77), Cummings (Murphy 97), Dowell (Hobbs 62).

Booked: Mancienne and Worrall.

Subs not used: Traore, Evtimov, Darikwa.

Attendance: 27,709


Hamilton end Hibs unbeaten run with 3-1 victory

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Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Hibernian 1-3 Hamilton Academical

Stokes 90+4    Bingham 52 pen,88  Longridge 69

Hamilton caused a shock at Easter Road today as they ended Hibernian’s unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win. Rakish Bingham opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty before substitute Louis Longridge doubled their lead 15 minutes later. Bingham then got the winner in the 88th minute with a brilliant team goal, shortly before Anthony Stokes got a consolation for Neil Lennon’s side.

It was a scrappy start to the game, and this theme continued for much of the half. Lewis Stevenson had the first chance of the game for the home side 11 minutes in, getting the ball in space but his effort went over.

Ten minutes later Hibernian came close through Simon Murray, but his free header at the far post went wide of the mark.

The best chance of the half came in the 26th minute. Hibs midfielder Danny Swanson had a good effort at goal from around 25 yards out only for Hamilton keeper Gary Woods to make a good diving save to his left.

Hamilton grew into the game, and had a few chances before the break. Greg Docherty found himself in acres of space and his long range effort at goal brought about a brilliant diving save to the right from Ofir Marciano in the 31st minute.

In-form Hibernian striker Simon Murray found himself one-on-one with the Hamilton keeper three minutes later but couldn’t find the net shortly before Steven Whittaker and Anthony Stokes both had shots blocked.

Before the break Hamilton came close through Ali Crawford. The 26-year-old made a great run on the left-hand side and his shot was met by a great diving save to the right from Marciano.

Hamilton started the second half really well, with Dougie Imrie coming close just two minutes into the half. The winger’s effort was blocked on the end of a corner and went out for another corner.

Five minutes later, Martin Canning’s side were awarded a penalty after Darren McGregor brought a player down just inside the box. Rakish Bingham stepped up to take the penalty and buried it in the bottom-right corner past Marciano to take the lead.

McGregor looked to redeem himself in the 55th minute, but his header on the end of a corner went over the bar. Fellow defender Paul Hanlon tried his luck three minutes later but it didn’t trouble the keeper as he stopped the ball to the left.

Hamilton substitute Louis Longridge almost made an instant impact when coming on, but his shot was blocked in the 64th minute shortly before Darian MacKinnon’s shot saw the same fate.

Just five minutes later, Longridge did make an impact as he doubled his side’s lead. Paul Hanlon gifted the ball to the forward who was able to bury it past the Hibs keeper to the left very coolly.

Chances were few and far between in the next half an hour, and it wasn’t until the 88th minute that there was anything more to note. Hamilton extended their lead shortly before the death with a great team move involving a backheel and then a great ball to Bingham at the far post who put the ball past Marciano.

Greg Docherty almost made it four for the visitors in the third minute of added time only for his shot to be blocked by the keeper, and then Hibernian managed to get a consolation in the last minute of added time through Anthony Stokes. The former Celtic man found himself with the ball on the left-hand side and buried it in the bottom-right corner.

The result means that Hamilton have overtaken Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership table with Martin Canning’s side in 4th and Neil Lennon’s in 5th level on points.

Hibernian: Marciano, McGregor (c) (Slivka 63), Ambrose, Hanlon, Whittaker, McGeouch (Matulevicius 76), McGinn, Stevenson, Swanson (Barker 56), S Murray, Stokes.

Subs not used: Gray, Fontaine, Laidlaw, F Murray.

Hamilton Academical: Woods, Skondras, Tomas, Sarris, McMann, MacKinnon, Imrie, Docherty, Crawford (Redmond 80), Boyd (Longridge 62), Bingham (Gillespie 89).

Booked: Imrie and Redmond

Subs not used: Gogic, Templeton, Jamieson, Lyon.

Attendance: 16,633 (200 away)

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