Morecambe substitutes make intended impact in 2-2 draw with Northampton

Morecambe v Northampton

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-2 Northampton Town

Buxton 72          Turnbull 21,37

Ellison 90+3

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.

Attendance: 2,245



Honours even at Sunderland LGV Park despite late drama

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Sunderland RCA 2-2 Hebburn Town

Callen 9                      Sullivan 60

Elliott 90+6 pen        Armstrong 90+4

There was late drama at Sunderland LGV Park on Wednesday evening when Sunderland RCA drew 2-2 with Hebburn Town in the Northern League.

After goals from Stephen Callen and Luke Sullivan, Hebburn thought they had won it in the fourth minute of added time when Graeme Armstrong scored but then Dylan Elliott scored from the spot to equalise in what was the last kick of the game.

Sunderland RCA were in front within nine minutes when Callen was on the receiving end of a good ball from the left and he buried the ball in the bottom-left corner.

Chances were few and far between for most of the first half, but Hebburn’s Dan Groves fired wide from long range in the 29th minute and Louis Storey had a close range effort stopped in the 44th minute.

The Hornets nearly got back into the game in the 53rd minute when Sullivan’s shot was saved before Armstrong slipped on the ball failing to put away the rebound.

Kevin Bolam’s side got an equaliser in the 60th minute when Carl Taylor’s cross was cleared into the path of Sullivan who put away the rebound.

Sunderland RCA nearly went back in front 15 minutes later when Connor Slack hit Hebburn on the break but his one-on-one effort went just wide of the mark.

The visitors then came close in the 87th minute when Armstrong’s header on the end of Michael Richardson’s cross went just wide.

Hebburn thought they’d won the game in the fourth minute of added time when Armstrong headed home at the far post on the end of Richardson’s corner, but they gave away a penalty shortly afterwards and Elliott calmly put the ball past Jennison in the bottom-left corner.

Up next for the Hornets is Whickham away from home on Saturday.

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Lilley, Swansbury, A Storey, C Davis (Gray 37), Croft, Dorward (O’Neill 70), Leonard, Elliott, Slack, Callen (K Davis 77).

Booked: Slack and K Davis.

Subs not used: Moan and Charlton.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, L Storey (capt), Donaghy, Lough, Taylor, Spence, Robson (Suddick 86), Richardson, Sullivan (Dibb-Fuller 64), Armstrong.

Booked: Storey

Subs not used: Martin, Simpson and Horner.

Attendance: 118


South Shields remain top after Gainsborough win

South Shields

BetVictor Northern Premier League

South Shields 2-0 Gainsborough Trinity 

Gillies 43

Shaw 90+2

South Shields remained top of the Northern Premier League after a 2-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity at Mariners Park on Tuesday.

Goals from Josh Gillies and Jon Shaw separated the two sides.

Shields dominated the game for most parts and came close eight minutes in when Gillies curled wide after the referee played advantage.

Six minutes later the hosts came close again when Jordan Annear’s close range effort went wide after Jordan Hunter’s shot was blocked.

On the brink of half time, the Mariners took the lead when Gillies was on the receiving end of a good ball from Blair Adams and he fired past the ‘keeper on the edge of the box.

There were little chances early in the second half, but Gainsborough were reduced to ten men in the 68th minute when Ashley Worsfold was sent off for a rash challenge on Adams.

The visitors had a rare chance in the 82nd minute when Kingsley James’ effort following a corner went over the bar.

South Shields almost doubled their lead three minutes later when substitute Lee Mason had a shot that went just over the bar.

The hosts put the game to bed in the second minute of added time when Millenic Alli played through Shaw and he beat the ‘keeper in off the post to secure the three points.

South Shields: Boney, Hunter, Morse, Brown, Adams, Thurston (Turnbull 59), Briggs, Baxter, Annear (Mason 45), Shaw, Gillies (Alli 84).

Booked: Briggs

Subs not used: Wokoma and Charlton

Gainsborough Trinity: Willis, Maguire, Hotte, Horton, Brennan (Topliss 87), Russell, James, Green, Worsfold, Hannah (Litchfield 78), Morrison (Allott 63).

Booked: Brennan and Hannah

Sent off: Worsfold

Subs not used: Green and Middleton.

Attendance: 1,205

Hebburn suffer shock defeat to Thornaby

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 1-4 Thornaby

Sullivan 7               Preston 12,63 Bailey 21,75

Hebburn Town suffered a shock 4-1 defeat to bottom side Thornaby in the Northern League Division 1 this afternoon.

Luke Sullivan took the lead for the Hornets early on but braces from Adam Preston and Jack Bailey either side of half time secured Thornaby’s first league win of the season.

The newly promoted side came into the game having won their last two games (both cup games) while Hebburn had won their last four and sat at the top of the table.

The Hornets started well and took the lead within seven minutes when Ben Dibb-Fuller nodded on Jack Robson’s cross into the path of Sullivan who chested the ball and struck into the bottom-left corner.

Kevin Bolam’s side almost doubled their lead moments later when Robson played through top scorer Graeme Armstrong but his shot was saved by the legs of visiting ‘keeper James Dawson.

In the 12th minute, Thornaby got themselves back into the game when Ewan Simpson headed directly into the path of Joseph Scaife-Wheatley and he played through Preston on the left before burying the ball in the bottom-right corner.

Nine minutes later, the visitors were in front after Bailey headed home from Scaife-Wheatley’s corner.

Thornaby could’ve all but put the game to bed ten minutes later when Bailey set up Lewis Murphy but he could only put it wide despite an open net.

Early in the second half, substitute Michael Richardson had an effort cleared off the line for the hosts.

Richardson later played through fellow substitute Lewis Suddick but his shot was saved by the legs of the ‘keeper.

In the 63rd minute, Thornaby got their third goal of the game when Scaife-Wheatley played through Preston who buried the ball into the bottom-right corner one-on-one.

The visitor’s fourth came 12 minutes later when a good ball was played through to Bailey who rounded Andrew Jennison and slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner.

Steven Bell’s side almost added a fifth eight minutes from time but Preston’s close range effort brought a good reaction save from Jennison.

Up next for Hebburn is Sunderland RCA away from home on Wednesday.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Simpson (Taylor 45), Carson, Lough, Storey, Spence (Richardson 45) Robson, Sullivan, Dibb-Fuller (Suddick 45) Armstrong.

Booked: Storey and Armstrong

Subs not used: Donaghy and Horner

Thornaby: Dawson, Dougall (Drummond 65), Guru, Chapman (Posthill 77), Wilson, Scaife-Wheatley, Bailey, Green, Cooke, Murphy, Preston.

Subs not used: Ward and Morrison.

Attendance: 209


Hebburn survive late Whitley Bay comeback in nine-goal thriller

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Whitley Bay 4-5 Hebburn Town

Robinson 77,88  Sullivan 12,70

Taylor 82,90+2   Armstrong 19,68

Robson 48

Hebburn Town survived a late resurgence from Whitley Bay to win 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller at Hillheads Park in the Northern League Division 1 last night.

Goals from Luke Sullivan (2), Graeme Armstrong (2) and Jack Robson had the visitors 5-0 up with 15 minutes to go, before Mark Robinson and Luke Taylor both scored braces for the hosts to put them in with a chance of grabbing a point right at the end.

Hebburn made one enforced change from the team that beat North Shields 5-1 on Saturday, with Robbie Spence replacing the suspended Louis Storey.

The Hornets started the game well and were 1-0 up inside 12 minutes when Danny Carson launched the ball forward, and ‘keeper Steven Hubery’s clearance bounced off Sullivan and he tapped the ball into an empty net.

Seven minutes later, Kevin Bolam’s side doubled their lead when Armstrong smashed the ball into the top-left corner following a good cross from Spence.

Whitley Bay’s best chance in the first half came in the 30th minute when Lewis Orrell squared it to Robinson, who was one-on-one with Andrew Jennison, only for his shot to go over the bar.

Three minutes into the second half, the Hornets added a third when Sullivan passed the ball out wide to Robson who ran in and lobbed the ball over the ‘keeper.

20 minutes later, Hebburn’s fourth came when Lewis Horner’s through ball was poorly defended leaving Armstrong to bury the ball in the bottom-right corner.

The visitors continued to cruise and added a fifth when a long ball forward was headed down by Armstrong before Sullivan launched the ball from near the halfway line over the head of Hubery in what was a stunning strike.

Whitley Bay got what seemed to be a consolation in the 77th minute when Robinson beat Jennison and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner.

The hosts got a second in the 82nd minute when Taylor slotted home in the bottom-right corner following a goal-line scramble.

Whitley Bay’s comeback continued in the 88th minute when Lee Kerr played a long ball forward and Robinson’s half volley beat Jennison to the right.

The Bay got a fourth in the second minute of added time when Taylor headed home from a corner at the far post, but it was too late to get an equaliser.

Whitley Bay: Hubery, Bexton (Stephenson 45), Anderson, Graham (L Taylor 72), Salmon, Kerr (capt), Lowery, Orrell (Hird 54), Spooner, Smith, Robinson.

Booked: Bexton

Subs not used: Lister and Bramley.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Simpson, Carson, Lough, Spence, C Taylor (Horner 58), Robson (Suddick 72), Sullivan, Dibb-Fuller (Donaghy 72), Armstrong (capt).

Booked: Spence

Subs not used: Rutherford.

Attendance: 311


Prolific Armstrong gets another hat-trick as Hebburn put five past North Shields

Ebac Northern League Division 1

North Shields 1-5 Hebburn Town

Carr 72                  Robson 29 Sullivan 52 Armstrong 53,80,90+4

Graeme Armstrong picked up another hat-trick as Hebburn put five past North Shields on Saturday.

Jack Robson took the lead midway through the first half before Luke Sullivan and Armstrong added goals just after the break.

Ryan Carr pulled one back for Shields in the 72nd minute before Armstrong picked up a further two goals to secure his hat-trick.

Manager Kevin Bolam made two changes from the side that beat Whitley Bay 2-1 in midweek, with Armstrong and Dan Groves coming in for Olly Martin and Lewis Suddick.

It was a quiet start to the game in terms of chances until Hebburn took the lead in the 29th minute when Robson linked up well with Groves as they exchanged one-twos before the winger went across goal and buried the ball in the bottom left from long range.

The Hornets could’ve had a second five minutes later when there was a mix up between North Shields defender Wayne Buchanan and ‘keeper Greg Purvis allowing Armstrong through but his shot went over the bar.

Shields nearly equalised five minutes into the second half when Kyle Patton was through on goal only for his shot to go just wide.

Just two minutes later, Hebburn doubled their lead when Robson’s corner was poorly defended and Sullivan netted the rebound from close range following a save from Darren Lough’s effort.

Moments later, it was 3-0 to the visitors as Robson beat Buchanan on the right and squared it to Armstrong who put the ball away at the far post.

North Shields picked up a goal in the 72nd minute when Carr headed home on the end of Nick Cassidy’s cross.

Eight minutes later, Buchanan lost the ball to Armstrong who went through on goal and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner to make it 4-1 to Hebburn.

Captain Louis Storey nearly made it five but his one-on-one effort was saved, and then in the fourth minute of added time Armstrong’s free kick beat the keeper in the top-right corner in what was the last kick of the game.

Up next for the Hornets is Whitley Bay away on Tuesday.

North Shields: Purvis, Cassidy, McDonald (Christensen 32), Forster, New, Buchanan, Campbell (Morris 66), Van-Zandvliet, Patton, Carr, Cunningham (McCarthy 66).

Subs not used: Robinson and Williams

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Carson, Simpson, Lough, Taylor, Storey (capt), Robson (Suddick 86), Sullivan (Martin 86), Dibb-Fuller (Horner 76), Armstrong.

Booked: Storey

Subs not used: Grant (GK) and Donaghy.

Attendance: 364


Morecambe and Salford share points in gut-wrenching game

Salford at home

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-2 Salford City

Miller 48 Lloyd 15,66

Alessandra 50

Morecambe and Salford City shared the points in an exciting 2-2 draw at the Globe Arena today.

Danny Lloyd opened the scoring early in the first half for the visitors, before goals from Shaun Miller and Lewis Alessandra early in the second half put the Shrimps in front.

However, Lloyd got his second of the game 15 minutes later to secure a point.

Jim Bentley named an unchanged line-up from the team that lost 3-1 to Swindon Town last week, while Graham Alexander made four changes.

Both teams started the game reasonably well and the first chance fell to Salford when Lloyd shot straight at Barry Roche in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later, Morecambe had their first chance of the game when George Tanner’s long range effort was pushed over.

Salford then took the lead in the 15th minute when Richie Towell’s shot deflected off Lloyd on its way in.

15 minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after a Ritchie Sutton hand ball in the box, and Lloyd stepped up but hit the bar on its way over.

On the brink of half time, Alexander’s side came close when Emmanuel Dieseruvwe volleyed the ball towards Adam Rooney who close range shot was saved by Roche.

Morecambe made an excellent start to the second half scoring two goals in the first five minutes.

The first came from a good ball from Aaron Wildig through to Miller who beat his man and buried the ball in the bottom right corner.

The second came when Miller played a good ball through to Alessandra who attempted to lob the ‘keeper but he kept it out, and then he slid the ball past the keeper at the rebound.

Salford equalised in the 66th minute when Roche fumbled a free kick from Lloyd and it beat him in the top left corner.

The visitors had their second penalty of the day two minutes from time when substitute Adam Buxton brought a player down in the box, and Towell stepped up and the penalty was saved by Roche to the left.

The final chance of the game fell to Salford substitute Devante Rodney who was through on goal and his shot was saved by the legs of Roche.

Up next for the Shrimps is Scunthorpe United away from home next week, while Salford face Cheltenham at home.

Morecambe: Roche (capt), Tanner, Sutton, Lavelle, Old, Conlan (Buxton 72), Wildig (Cranston 81), Tutte, O’Sullivan, Miller, Alessandra (Ellison 84).

Booked: Conlan

Subs not used: Halstead, Stockton, Oates, Brownsword.

Salford City: Letheren, Wiseman, Baldwin, Piergianni, D Jones, Maynard, Towell (Hughes 89), Jervis, Dieseruvwe (J Jones 76), Lloyd, Rooney (Rodney 76).

Subs not used: Burgess, Beesley, McFarlane.

Attendance: 2,778

Morecambe suffer heavy defeat to Blackpool in first Trophy group game

Blackpool away Trophy Group G

Blackpool 5-1 Morecambe

Heneghan 4   Ellison 22

Nottingham 45+1

Hardie 51

Kaikai 89

Nuttall 90+1

Morecambe suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to League 1 side Blackpool in the first group stage game of the Trophy on Tuesday night.

Ben Heneghan opened the scoring early on for the hosts before it was cancelled out by Kevin Ellison.

Goals from Michael Nottingham, Ryan Hardie, Sullay Kaikai and Joe Nuttall followed to secure a big win for Simon Grayson’s side.

The first real chance of the game was put away by Heneghan who headed home on the end of a corner from close range in the fourth minute.

Morecambe could’ve equalised eight minutes later when Jordan Cranston’s free kick hit the post.

In the 22nd minute, the visitors equalised when Ellison got on the end of a good through ball beating the keeper after it took a touch off a defender on the way in.

Twenty minutes later, Nottingham hit the crossbar with an impressive cross into the box for the hosts and shortly afterwards Callum Guy hit both frames of the post from the right hand side.

In the first minute of added time, Nottingham put Blackpool back in front after he got a touch on the end of Liam Feeney’s cross into the box.

Six minutes into the second half, Grayson’s side added a third when Hardie slotted the ball past Mark Halstead into the bottom-left corner following a good move on the right.

In the 58th minute, Morecambe had a rare chance when Aaron Wildig teed up the ball for Cole Stockton and his volley was saved by ‘keeper Christoffer Mafoumbi.

Just under half an hour later, Ellison came close again when substitute Joe Lynch played through the veteran and his shot took a touch off the keeper on the way over.

Blackpool added a fourth in the 89th minute when Guy’s shot was parried and Kaikai netted the rebound at the far post.

The Seasiders got a fifth in the first minute of added time when Nuttall’s long range effort slipped under the hands of Halstead on its way in.

Blackpool: Mafoumbi, Nottingham, Heneghan, Anderton, Feeney (capt) (Turton 45), Virtue-Thick (Shaw 66), Guy, MacDonald, Scannell (Kaikai 78), Hardie, Nuttall.

Subs not used: Spearing, Tilt, Gnanduillet, Alnwick (GK).

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Lavelle (capt), Sutton, Conlan (Buxton 63), Oates, Wildig (Lynch 66), Cranston, Ellison, O’Sullivan (Mendes Gomes 76), Stockton.

Subs not used: Roche, Tutte, Brownsword, Howard.

Attendance: 2,319