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)