Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 0-1 Colchester United
A moment of brilliance from Courtney Senior meant Colchester United went home with the three points in a game that Morecambe will feel very hard done by in League 2.
The Shrimps had numerous second half chances, but failed to put the ball away somehow.
The hosts made two enforced changes with Jordan Cranston replacing Andrew Tutte and Kevin Ellison coming in for Rhys Oates.
The visitors started the game brightly and came close just three minutes in when the impressive Ryan Jackson put a great ball into Harry Pell, whose diving header went just wide.
Chances were few and far between after that, as it was an even contest, but the visitors took the lead just before half time when Jackson linked up well with Senior who buried it past Roche in the bottom-left corner.
Morecambe came out of the blocks fired up in the second half, and had two half chances just five minutes in when Vadaine Oliver just missed the opportunity for a diving header following a great cross from Zak Mills and then AJ Leitch-Smith just missed the volley opportunity after a great ball from Aaron Wildig.
Colchester did however come remarkably close in the 53rd minute when Luke Norris’ header after a great cross was just blocked by Josef Yarney.
The Shrimps then came remarkably close just four minutes later when Oliver was through on goal before giving it to Kevin Ellison on the left who could only lob it over the bar after great pressure from visiting keeper Rene Gilmartin.
Arguably Morecambe’s best chance of the game came in the 64th minute when Oliver headed against the crossbar from close range after a brilliant ball in from Leitch-Smith.
Clear cut chances were lacking for the rest of the game, but the hosts still piled on the pressure.
Shrimps keeper Barry Roche came up for a corner at the end looking to score his second goal of his career, but the punt came to no avail and Jim Bentley’s side now drop to 18th.
Morecambe: Roche (capt), Mills, Lavelle, Yarney, Conlan, Mandeville, Cranston, Wildig, Ellison, Oliver, Leitch-Smith.
Booked: Cranston and Ellison
Subs not used: Halstead, Oswell, Mendes Gomes, Brownsword, Piggott, Hedley and Codjovi.
Colchester United: Gilmartin, Eastman, Prosser (capt), Kent, Jackson, Pell, Lapslie (Comley 87), Vincent-Young (Dickenson 77), Senior (Collins 73), Nouble, Norris.
Booked: Pell and Dickenson
Subs not used: Barnes, Wright, Mandron, Kensdale.