Hednesford edge poor game at Giant Axe

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Evo Stik Northern Premier League

Lancaster City 0-1 Hednesford Town 

Oji 74

A 74th minute header from Sam Oji earned Hednesford Town a 1-0 win at Lancaster City in the Evo Stik Northern Premier League today.

With both teams looking to end 2017 on a high, Lancaster came into the game unbeaten in their last two while Hednesford, who sat one place above the hosts in 10th ahead of the game, were in very good form having lost just once in their last seven games.

It was an uneventful start to the game, and the first real chance came for the visitors 16 minutes in when James Fitzgibbon found an opening on the left and forced a good save from Chris Cheetham with his legs.

Seven minutes later, Lancaster came incredibly close when Glenn Steel’s header on the end of Ryan Winder’s corner was cleared off the line.

Paul Jarvis then came close for the hosts in the 32nd minute when he headed just wide on the end of Rob Henry’s pinpoint cross.

Hednesford managed to hit City on the break two minutes later with a great run from Fitzgibbon before Mason Walsh’s shot was blocked following some scrappy defending.

Lancaster’s best chance in the second half came in the 49th minute when Tom Kilifin’s shot went straight into the hands of James Wren after a good ball from Gavin Clark.

Seven minutes later, Walsh came incredibly close for the visitors when his long range strike hit the post with the City defence not making much of an effort to stop him.

Hednesford came close in the 70th minute when Oji’s free header from a corner forced a great reflex save from Cheetham to his right at close range.

Oji then put the visitors in front four minutes later when he headed home at the far post from James Lawrie’s excellent free kick.

Lancaster threw men forward as they looked for an equaliser with time running out, but they failed to threaten Hednesford, who went home with the three points and move up to 9th as a result.

Phil Brown’s side move down to 13th following today’s result and face Stalybridge Celtic away from home on Monday.

Lancaster City: Cheetham, Henry (Akrigg 84), Steel, Mercer, Clark, Wills, Carney (c), Jarvis, Winder (C Bailey 78), Kilifin, Williams (S Bailey 71).

Subs not used: Dugdale and Hudson.

Hednesford Town: Wren, Mendez-Jones, Oji, Gatter, Curley, Fitzpatrick, Thorley (c), Walsh (Graham 74), Lawrie (Taylor 90+3), Fitzgibbon (King 81), Butlin.

Booked: Butlin

Subs not used: Mbunga and Mutton.

Attendance: 345





Four late goals secure remarkable Morecambe win

Morecambe v Yeovil

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 4-3 Yeovil Town

Oliver 72            Gray 1

Lang 79,85         Khan 17

Ellison 90+2      Sowunmi 84

A late goal from Kevin Ellison secured a remarkable 4-3 win for Morecambe against Yeovil Town on Friday night in League 2.

Early goals from Jake Gray and Otis Khan gave the visitors what looked like a comfortable lead, however Vadaine Oliver and Callum Lang got Morecambe back on level terms late in the second half.

Yeovil were back in front through Omar Sowunmi six minutes from time, but Lang equalised again soon after for the Shrimps and then Kevin Ellison got the winner in added time.

Jim Bentley made five changes to the Morecambe side that lost 4-1 at home to Notts County on Tuesday.

Yeovil on the other hand came into the game unbeaten in December, and were looking to continue that run.

It only took the visitors 26 seconds to take the lead after Luke Conlan gifted the ball to Gray and he cut through on the right and buried the ball in the top left corner.

Ten minutes later Oliver tried his luck from long range for the Shrimps, hitting the post.

Yeovil then doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Khan got past the Morecambe defenders without a challenge, and fired the ball into the top corner.

Francois Zoko then headed wide for the visitors three minutes later, and chances were few and far between after that.

Morecambe got a goal back in the 72nd minute when Lang’s shot was saved by the legs of Artur Krysiak and then Oliver headed home after a goal-line scramble.

Seven minutes later the Shrimps equalised when Lang headed home at the far post on the end of a brilliant cross from Michael Rose on the right.

In the 84th minute, Morecambe keeper Barry Roche made a brilliant save from Tom James’ free kick and then Sowunmi headed home on the end of the resultant corner to put Yeovil back in front.

Wigan loanee Lang then equalised again in the 85th minute, picking up on the loose ball on the left to bury it past Krysiak and score his fifth goal in five games.

Two minutes into added time, Morecambe got a dramatic winner when Ellison headed home on the end of an excellent ball from Alex Kenyon – sending the fans wild.

Yeovil’s last chance of the game came in the sixth minute of added time when James’ free kick was blocked by McGowan.

The win puts the Shrimps five points above the drop zone in 21st, but with games in hand on the teams below. Yeovil remain 19th but could be overtaken by Crewe tomorrow.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Lavelle, Muller (Kenyon 40), Fleming (Thompson 86), Rose (c), Lang, Oliver, Ellison.

Booked: Muller, Rose, Ellison.

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Osborne, Jordan, Campbell.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Smith, Sowunmi, James, Gray, Worthington, Smith, Khan (Green 74), Zoko (Olomola 70), Surridge.

Booked: Krysiak and Smith.

Subs not used: Davis, Maddison, Nelson, Santis

Attendance: 1,124

Notts County show their class in comprehensive victory over Morecambe

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-4 Notts County

Lang 89               Grant 13,59 Alessandra 21,86

Two goals each from Jorge Grant and Lewis Alessandra secured a comprehensive 4-1 victory for Notts County over Morecambe in League 2 today.

In-form Wigan loanee Callum Lang scored a consolation for Morecambe near the end.

The result means that there’s now been four games where the scoreline has been 4-1 in the 12 clashes between the two sides.

Morecambe made four changes from the side that lost to Mansfield on Saturday, with Mitchell Lund, Andy Fleming, Garry Thompson and Elliot Osborne all coming into the side.

High-flying Notts County, managed by Kevin Nolan, came looking for their first league win in December.

Notts County had a brilliant start to the game, and were ahead within 13 minutes when ex-Morecambe forward Alessandra beat Aaron McGowan on the right and squared it to Grant who fired home from close range.

Andy Fleming came close for the Shrimps six minutes later but his effort went just wide.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 21st minute as Alessandra volleyed the ball into the top corner following some sloppy defending from the hosts.

Morecambe came close twice on the brink of half time when Elliot Osborne’s effort from the left went just wide and then Adam Campbell’s effort from close range went over after a good ball from Garry Thompson.

Six minutes into the second half, captain Alex Kenyon played a cracking long ball to Thompson to put him through but his lacklustre shot went straight into the hands of Ross Fitzsimons in the Notts County goal.

Kevin Nolan’s side extended their lead moments later when Morecambe defender Steve Old gifted the ball to a forward and Grant buried it in the bottom left corner after some good one-touch football.

Five minutes from time, Alessandra scored his second of the day after more poor defending from the Shrimps. His first shot was saved but he scored the rebound from close range with ease.

Morecambe did get a consolation in the 89th minute when Lund played an excellent long ball to Lang and he placed the ball into the top right corner coolly.

The Shrimps remain just two points above the drop zone in 21st, while Notts County remain in 2nd just four points off the top.

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Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Lavelle, McGowan, Kenyon (c) (Ellison 66), Fleming, Thompson (Lang 66), Osborne, Campbell (Jordan 80), Oliver.

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Muller, Rose.

Notts County: Fitzsimons, Hunt, Brisley (Bird 87), Duffy (Saunders 78), Jones, Walker, Hewitt, Yates, Grant, Alessandra, Stead (Smith 78).

Subs not used: Tootle, Dickinson, Hawkridge, Pindroch.

Attendance: 1,947


Morecambe fall to late defeat at Mansfield


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Sky Bet League 2

Mansfield Town 2-1 Morecambe

Hemmings 8 Rose 88  Lang 50

A late goal from Danny Rose secured a win for Mansfield Town against a struggling Morecambe side in League 2.

The Stags took an early lead through Kane Hemmings before Callum Lang equalised five minutes into the second half.

Rose then got the winner against the run of play to take the three points for Steve Evans’ side.

Mansfield came into the game three points off the play-offs, but were without a league win since November 21.

Morecambe were lingering above the relegation zone ahead of a must-win game in which Lang made his first league start.

It was a lively start, with CJ Hamilton smashing the ball into the side netting four minutes in for the hosts.

Sam Lavelle then had a header from a corner cleared off the line for the visitors in the seventh minute, shortly before Hemmings caught the Morecambe defence red-handed and buried the ball in the bottom-left from long-range to take the lead.

Mansfield almost doubled their lead in the 26th minute when Steve Old gifted the ball to Calum Butcher but fortunately for Old, the midfielder could only shoot wide.

Chances were few and far between for much of the first half, but Zander Diamond came close for the hosts with a diving header on the end of a free kick just before half time.

The visitors started brightly in the second half, and equalised in the 50th minute when Wigan loanee Lang cut through from the right and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner.

Morecambe looked more likely to get a winner following the goal, and came close in the 61st minute when Michael Rose’s long range shot went just wide.

Jim Bentley’s side then had a golden opportunity five minutes later when Adam Campbell’s long range effort hit the post after great work from Steve Old on the left.

Against all odds, Mansfield got a late winner in the 88th minute through Danny Rose, who headed home on the end of a great ball from the right.

The five minutes of added time were eventful to say the least, and Morecambe almost got a late equaliser when keeper Roche’s header forced a great save from Logan to his right.

The result means Mansfield are now a point off the play-offs in ninth, while the Shrimps sit in 21st just two points above the drop zone ahead of a tough run in of games.

Mansfield Town: Logan, White, Diamond (c), Bennett, Benning, Digby (Atkinson 70), MacDonald, Hamilton, Butcher (Mellis 54), D Rose, Hemmings (Anderson 54).

Booked: White, Hamilton and D Rose.

Subs not used: Pearce, Angol, Olejnik and Spencer.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose (c), Kenyon, Campbell (Thompson 81), Oliver (Ellison 73), Lang (McGurk 72).

Booked: Roche and Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Fleming, Lund, Osborne.

Attendance: 3,058 (63 away)


Darlow mistake proves costly as Newcastle slump to Everton defeat

Newcastle United

Barclays Premier League

Newcastle United 0-1 Everton

Shelvey s/o 90+4           Rooney 27

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal for Everton in a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.

Under-pressure boss Rafael Benitez made four changes to his side following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Leicester City, including Jamaal Lascelles who made his first start since August.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce made two changes to his side following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby on Sunday, looking to extend his unbeaten start to life at Goodison to four games.

Newcastle dominated possession early in the first half, and came closest when Matt Ritchie’s booming effort hit the post in the 26th minute.

Just moments later it was Everton who took the lead however, against the run of play. Dominic Calvert-Lewin got his head on the end of a good ball on the right and it was parried by Karl Darlow before Rooney tapped the loose ball in from close range.

The Toffees looked more comfortable from there on, but it didn’t stop Mikel Merino from clattering the post with a cracking long-range effort in the 38th minute.

Ten minutes into the second half, the hosts came incredibly close when Merino’s shot was blocked before Florian Lejeune’s header went just wide.

Everton didn’t struggle to cope with the Newcastle attack in much of the second half, and the home side’s woes continued right up until the end when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The result means the Magpies sit in 16th, just a point above the drop zone going into a tough run of fixtures, while Everton remain in 10th.

Don’t mention the number eight to Newcastle fans.. they may hate you for it

Last night’s defeat also means that Rafa Benitez’s side are now without a win in their last eight Premier League games.

Nearly two months ago, Newcastle sat in 7th in the Premier League and many were praising Benitez for the work he’s done at St James’ Park on a limited budget this season.

With Mike Ashley in talks with Amanda Staveley over a potential £300 million takeover, much has been happening both on and off the pitch.

Come January, Benitez needs cash to strengthen what is really a Championship standard squad. It is unclear whether he will get this backing, so the sooner a takeover is complete the better.

‘OOH’.. something heard a lot last night

Newcastle demonstrated their lack of confidence in front of goal many times last night.

Hitting the post twice, heading wide from close range and lacklustre close-range efforts was really frustrating to see from a neutral perspective and even more so for the fan.

There were also times when players failed to spot runs, or sometimes when they made good runs with the ball they failed to do anything useful with it.

Everton’s defence was tested at times, but centre-halves Mason Holgate and Ashley Williams didn’t have as much work to do compared to the Merseyside derby on Sunday.


Yes, that was what Everton fans were chanting at home supporters when leaving the ground. Oh the irony…

At the start of November, the Toffees were in the relegation zone and without a manager.

They spent over £100 million in the summer, and yet they failed in the Europa League and are only now starting to pick up form in the Premier League.

Newcastle and Everton’s seasons so far appear to be inverted. Benitez’s side started the season well, and now find themselves near the drop zone, while Everton are the other way round pretty much.

Just imagine what the Newcastle fans would’ve been chanting at Everton fans had the game been played in October..

Allardyce the right man?

The experienced coach couldn’t of really had a better start to life at Goodison Park. He has already been able to sort their defensive problems, and they’ve only conceded once since he took the reins.

Setting up his side to hit their opponents on the break in last night’s game, it was certainly effective and this showed great testament to his back-line.

Everton’s game at home to Chelsea on Saturday 23 December could be the time where we really see what Allardyce is capable of doing at the Merseyside club.

Man of the Match – DeAndre Yedlin

It was a close one tonight between Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye.

Both players showed great energy for their respective sides, and looked promising on the ball.

In my view, Yedlin just edged it as he showed great will and determination especially after picking up a knock midway through the second half.

He made some great runs on the right flank, and was a joy to watch.

Newcastle United: Darlow 5, Yedlin 8, Lascelles 6, Lejeune 7, Manquillo 5, Merino 7 (Perez 86), Shelvey 5, Atsu 5, Diame 4 (Joselu 67), Ritchie 6 (Aarons 74), Gayle 4.

Sub ratings: Joselu 5, Aarons 5, Perez n/a

Booked: Merino and Shelvey

Sent off: Shelvey

Everton: Pickford 7, Kenny 6, Holgate 7, Williams 7, Martina 6, Schneiderlin 6, Gueye 8, Lennon 7 (Vlasic 67), Rooney 6 (Davies 77), Sigurdsson 7 (Jagielka 85), Calvert-Lewin 7.

Sub ratings: Vlasic 5, Davies 6, Jagielka n/a

Booked: Holgate and Calvert-Lewin

Attendance: 51,042

My next game

Mansfield Town v Morecambe (Saturday 23 December)






Shrewsbury through to FA Cup third round with Morecambe defeat

Shrewsbury away

Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round

Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Morecambe

Rodman 32 Whalley 37 pen

High-flying League 1 side Shrewsbury Town made it through to the third round of the FA Cup after a 2-0 win against League 2 strugglers Morecambe today (Saturday 2 December).

Alex Rodman put the hosts in front in the 32nd minute before they doubled their lead from the spot five minutes later through Shaun Whalley.

Shrewsbury, who sit 2nd in League 1, came into today’s game following two straight defeats while struggling Morecambe had lost just once in November.

The Shrimps made just two changes from the side that drew at Carlisle last week – Max Muller and Garry Thompson came in for Sam Lavelle and Kevin Ellison.

The home side started lively, and Rodman made a good run on the right before his effort was just kept out by the legs of Barry Roche two minutes in.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it was 20 minutes before Morecambe’s Alex Kenyon’s long-range effort went wide.

Just ten minutes later Shrewsbury were in front.

Whalley put in a good ball from the right-hand side after beating Old, and Rodman was able to bury it from close range.

Paul Hurst’s side were awarded a penalty shortly afterwards when Roche brought down Jon Nolan in the box.

Whalley stepped up and sent Roche the wrong way, extending his side’s lead.

Twenty minutes into the second half, substitute Louis Dodds had two chances in the space of a minute.

Dodds latched on the end of Whalley’s cross and his effort was parried and then his second effort went wide of the mark.

Dodds continued to impress for the hosts, and headed just over the bar in the 80th minute.

Morecambe almost set up an entertaining finish when substitute Callum Lang found himself one-on-one with keeper Craig MacGillivray but his 86th minute effort was kept out, meaning the Shrews ended the game worthy winners.

Shrewsbury Town: MacGillivray, Bolton, Beckles, Nsiala, Sadler, B Morris, Nolan, Whalley (C Morris 80), Godfrey (Dodds 59), Rodman (Gnahoua 70), Payne.

Booked: Payne

Subs not used: Riley, John-Lewis, Adams, Gregory.

Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Muller, Brough (McGowan 45), Kenyon (Oliver 45), Fleming, Thompson, Wildig, Campbell (Lang 78), McGurk.

Booked: Roche and Wildig

Subs not used: Nizic, Winnard, Osborne, Rose.

Attendance: 3,184 (312 away)