Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 1-1 Grimsby Town
Collins 80 pen Vernam 88
Morecambe and Grimsby Town shared the points in a dull encounter in League 2 at the Globe Arena this afternoon.
Aaron Collins took the lead from the spot ten minutes from time before Charles Vernam equalised for Grimsby eight minutes later.
Morecambe came into the game knowing a win could see them overtake Grimsby in the League 2 table on goal difference and further cement their place in League 2 for next season.
It was a quiet start to the game, and it wasn’t until the 15th minute when either side came close. The Shrimps had the first chance when Kevin Ellison fired over on the end of Piero Mingoia’s cross on the right.
Four minutes later, Grimsby came close when Vernam’s header on the end of a great cross was pushed wide by keeper Barry Roche.
In the 21st minute, Harry Cardwell headed just wide on the end of Joe Grayson’s initial shot for the visitors.
Two minutes later, Grimsby came close again when Grayson’s long range effort was saved by the legs of Roche.
In the 32nd minute, Vernam’s shot on the edge of the box was parried wide by Roche.
Chances were few and far between for much of the rest of the game, and it wasn’t until the 80th minute when any action occurred.
Morecambe were awarded a penalty when Collins was brought down in the box by keeper James McKeown. Collins made no mistake and buried the ball down the bottom left to put the Shrimps in front.
Eight minutes later, Grimsby equalised when Vernam slotted home on the end of a good ball in from the right.
The result means Morecambe sit in 19th while Grimsby are in 17th.
Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Lavelle, Old, Conlan, Mingoia (Cranston 79), Wildig, Fleming, Ellison (Collins 67), Mandeville, Bennett (Oliver 63).
Subs not used: Kenyon, Sutton, Halstead (GK) and Brownsword.
Grimsby Town: McKeown, Hendrie, Davis, Collins, Ring (Whitmore 83), Vernam, Hessenthaler, Woolford (Hall-Johnson 83), Grayson, Dennis, Cardwell (Clifton 76).
Subs not used: Russell, Buckley, Burrell, Pollock.
Ebac Northern League Division 1
Hebburn Town 5-1 Whickham
Sullivan 20 Cowburn 33
Hebburn Town moved up to second place with an emphatic victory over Whickham at the Energy Check Sports Ground today.
Luke Sullivan put the hosts in front early in the first half, before Max Cowburn equalised just over ten minutes later.
Goals from Jack Robson (2), Robbie Spence and Lewis Suddick in the second half separated the two sides and gave the Hornets a big win.
Top scorer Michael Richardson missed the game through injury but his absence didn’t appear to affect the performance.
Hebburn were in front within 20 minutes when Graeme Armstrong squared the ball to Sullivan who back-heeled it past the keeper from close range.
The Hornets nearly doubled their lead ten minutes later when Andrew Stephenson had a close range effort saved by John Mordey.
In the 33rd minute, Whickham equalised when Matty Pattison played a good ball forward to Cowburn who smashed the ball into the top-left corner on the edge of the box.
The hosts had two chances to regain their lead shortly before the break. Armstrong headed just over from a corner in the 41st minute and then Dan Groves’ close range effort was saved by the legs of Mordey two minutes later.
Hebburn regained the lead in the 58th minute when Louis Storey played through Robson whose shot on the edge of the box was dead and buried into the bottom-right corner.
Five minutes later, Stephenson had a long range effort just kept out by Mordey and then in the 65th minute Scott Oliver’s side doubled their lead through Robson. Storey made a great run down the right and played it to the winger who slid the ball past the keeper in the bottom-right corner.
In the 87th minute, Whickham had their only chance of the half when Dale Burrell’s long range effort was pushed onto the post by Andrew Jennison.
Hebburn grabbed a fourth moments later when Spence headed home from the six yard box on the end of a great cross by Stephenson.
The winner came one minute later when substitute Jason Blackburn spotted the run of Suddick and the winger beat the keeper with one touch one-on-one.
Up next for the Hornets is Consett at home next Saturday.
Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Shaw, Robson (Suddick 78), Storey, Spence, Stephenson, Sullivan (Dibb-Fuller 67), Armstrong (Blackburn 81).
Subs not used: Read and Chow
Whickham: Mordey, Callaghan, Grieve, Little (Hedley 73), Kay, Orrell, Burrell, Scroggins, Cowburn, Pattison, Stevens.
Booked: Little and Stevens
Subs not used: Doninger and Lowther
Ebac Northern League Division 1
Hebburn Town 2-1 Shildon
Storey 77 Steel 64
A late goal from substitute Jason Blackburn ensured Hebburn Town picked up all three points with victory over Shildon on Tuesday evening.
Nathan Steel put the visitors in front in the 64th minute before Louis Storey equalised in the 77th minute and Blackburn scored in added time.
It was a quiet start to proceedings until the 20th minute when Hebburn’s Gary Shaw squared it to Robbie Spence, whose effort sailed over the bar.
Three minutes later, Spence came close again when he headed just over from Michael Richardson’s free kick on the right.
In the 31st minute, Shildon came incredibly close when player-manager Daniel Moore’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Shaw.
Eight minutes later, the visitors thought they had the lead when Billy Greulich-Smith put the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside.
Two minutes into the second half Jack Robson headed just wide on the end of Richardson’s impressive cross.
In the 51st minute, Hebburn captain Storey lost the ball cheaply and Steel linked up with Matthew Robson whose close range shot was saved by the legs of Andrew Jennison.
Shildon took the lead in the 64th minute when David Palmer played an impressive through ball to Steel who beat Jennison one-on-one slotting the ball into the bottom-left corner.
Four minutes later, the visitors nearly doubled their lead when Aidan Heywood headed against the post from a corner before Jack Vaulks’ effort went over the bar.
Hebburn equalised in the 77th minute when Spence whipped the ball over to Storey in space who buried the ball into the bottom-left corner.
Shortly after the goal, player-manager Moore was sent off for his protests at the goal which he believed to be offside.
In the first minute of added time, the Hornets snatched a winner when Richardson’s cross was poorly defended and the ball fell to Blackburn who smashed the ball home from close range.
The result means Hebburn are now within a point of second placed Consett with a game in hand.