Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 2-2 Northampton Town
Buxton 72 Turnbull 21,37
Second half goals from two Morecambe substitutes ensured the Shrimps picked up their first point in three weeks after a 2-2 draw with Northampton Town at the Globe Arena.
Following Jordan Turnbull’s first half brace for the visitors, Adam Buxton and Kevin Ellison netted for the Shrimps.
Morecambe made four changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Oldham Athletic last Saturday while Northampton were unchanged.
Jim Bentley’s side had the first real chance of the game on the counter attack, as ‘keeper Barry Roche threw the ball to Shaun Miller on the right and he played through A-Jay Leitch-Smith whose shot was saved by David Cornell in the fourth minute.
17 minutes later, Northampton were in front however when Turnbull headed home at the far post on the end of a corner.
Turnbull added a second in the 37th minute when his long range shot took a deflection off Steve Old on its way in.
Northampton very nearly made it three on the brink of half time when Andy Williams’ header hit the crossbar following Nicky Adams’ cross.
In the 61st minute, the visitors came close again when Adams hit the crossbar from long range.
However, ten minutes later – after a lengthy stoppage due to an injury to a linesman – Morecambe got a goal back when Buxton’s long range strike beat Cornell to the left.
The hosts came incredibly close to equalising in the 82nd minute when Leitch-Smith’s effort went just wide after Aaron Wildig’s effort was blocked.
Jim Bentley’s side’s hard work finally paid off in the third minute of added time when they equalised through Ellison.
George Tanner’s cross appeared to be handled just outside the box by a Northampton defender shortly before Leitch-Smith capitalised on the lapse in concentration from the defence and squared the ball to Ellison who smashed it into the bottom-right corner sending the home fans wild.
There was still seven minutes left to play however due to the lengthy stoppage earlier in the half, and Northampton nearly had a winner in the sixth minute of added time when Reece Hall-Johnson slid the ball wide on the end of Sam Hoskins’ cross.
The result means Morecambe remain in 22nd while Northampton drop to 13th.
Morecambe: Roche, Tanner, Old, Lavelle, Conlan (Buxton 53), O’Sullivan (Ellison 87), Tutte, Kenyon (Wildig 70), Alessandra, Miller, Leitch-Smith.
Booked: Tanner and Ellison
Subs not used: Halstead (GK), Bakare, Brewitt, Cranston.
Northampton Town: Cornell, Harriman (Smith 45), Goode, Wharton, Martin, Turnbull, Hoskins, Lines, McWilliams (Warburton 79), Adams, Williams (Hall-Johnson 64).
Booked: Goode, Turnbull and Hoskins.
Subs not used: Pollock, Oliver, Roberts, Fisher.