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 Leasing.com Trophy group game

Blackpool away

Leasing.com 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 Leasing.com 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

Boyce gets hat-trick as Burton thump Morecambe in Carabao Cup

Burton away

Carabao Cup Second Round

Burton Albion 4-0 Morecambe

Boyce 34,45+2,74

Edwards 51

Liam Boyce scored a hat-trick for Burton Albion on Tuesday night as his side thumped Morecambe 4-0 in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round.

Ryan Edwards scored the other goal to separate the two sides early in the second half.

Morecambe came firing out of the blocks quickly as Lewis Alessandra was one-on-one with former Shrimps loanee Kieran O’Hara but it was saved by the legs of the young ‘keeper in the second minute.

Four minutes later, Burton’s Stephen Quinn had a shot blocked by the visitors’ defence on its way out.

Chances were few and far between after that until the Brewers took the lead in the 34th minute through Boyce, who headed home at the far post on the end of a corner.

Two minutes later, Boyce almost had his second goal of the night but his one-on-one effort was saved by Morecambe’s Mark Halstead.

In the second minute of added time, Boyce doubled his goal tally of the night when he slid the ball home from close range following Oliver Sarkic’s cross into the box.

Nigel Clough’s side started the second half well and came close in the 49th minute when Lucas Akins’ close range header was kept out by Halstead.

Burton got their third of the night two minutes later when Edwards beat his man on the right and fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

In the 63rd minute, Morecambe had a rare chance when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of Alessandra’s cross.

Five minutes later, Alessandra made a good run on the right and his shot was saved by the legs of O’Hara.

Boyce humiliated the Shrimps even further in the 74th minute when he volleyed home after a poorly defended corner to get his hat-trick.

Chances were few and far between after that and Jim Bentley’s side avoided any further humiliation.

Burton Albion: O’Hara, Brayford (capt) (Sbarra 77), O’Toole (Nartey 75), Wallace, Daniel, Edwards, Quinn, Fraser, Akins, Boyce (Templeton 82), Sarkic.

Booked: Daniel

Subs not used: Bywater, Hutchinson, Anderson and Buxton.

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Sutton, Old, Conlan, Wildig (capt) (Jagne 85), Brewitt, Oates, Alessandra (Leitch-Smith 77), Ellison, Stockton (Miller 70).

Booked: Brewitt

Subs not used: Roche, Tutte, O’Sullivan and Cranston.

Attendance: 1,500



Morecambe slip to defeat against Exeter in five-goal thriller

Exeter (H)

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-3 Exeter City

Alessandra 45+4, 63  Taylor 21

Martin 25

Law 85

Morecambe suffered their second league defeat of the season in a five-goal thriller at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Exeter scored two goals in the space of five minutes through Jake Taylor and Aaron Martin, before Lewis Alessandra got a goal back for the Shrimps just before half time.

Midway through the second half, Alessandra grabbed an equaliser before Nicky Law got the winner for the visitors five minutes from time.

Exeter came into the game sitting in fourth following a goalless draw with Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, while Morecambe made one change following a 1-0 win over Macclesfield in mid-week.

It was a relatively quiet start to the game in terms of chances, and the first notable moment came in the 21st minute when Taylor buried the ball in the bottom right corner on the end of Martin’s cross to put the visitors in front.

Five minutes later, Exeter doubled their lead when the Shrimps failed to clear their lines following a slide tackle and Martin put the ball away unopposed.

Matt Taylor’s side almost had a third in the 30th minute when Law’s shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche.

On the brink of half time, Martin had a goal disallowed for the Grecians, shortly before Alessandra smashed the ball into the top right corner from the edge of the box to get one back for the hosts.

In the 63rd minute, Morecambe equalised when Shaun Miller put in a good ball towards Cole Stockton who passed it on the volley to Alessandra and he put the ball past the keeper.

Chances were few and far between after that until in the 85th minute when Exeter got the winner through Law. A long throw was poorly defended enabling Law to bury the ball home into the bottom-right corner.

Morecambe’s Sam Lavelle was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second minute of added time, shortly before Andrew Tutte’s strike was blocked by a defender in the last minute of the game.

The result means Exeter go top while the Shrimps drop one place down to 18th.

Morecambe: Roche, Buxton (Alessandra 32), Sutton, Lavelle, Old (Ellison 88), Cranston, Brewitt, Tutte, O’Sullivan, Miller, Stockton (Leitch-Smith 67).

Booked: Lavelle

Sent off: Lavelle

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

Exeter City: Ward, Sweeney, Martin, Moxey, Williams (Richardson 83), Taylor (capt), Collins, Sparkes (Parkes 87), Law, Bowman, Martin (Fisher 80).

Booked: Taylor

Subs not used: Maxted, Woodman, Ajose, Jay.

Attendance: 1,517


Shrimps snatch three points away at Macclesfield

Macclesfield away

Sky Bet League 2

Macclesfield Town 0-1 Morecambe

Sutton 65

Morecambe grabbed a narrow 1-0 victory over Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose in League 2 yesterday evening.

Ritchie Sutton’s second half header was the only goal separating the two sides.

Macclesfield came into the game sitting in fourth position having only lost once so far, while Morecambe were in 19th having not yet won a game.

The hosts started the game the better side and came close 11 minutes in when Jak McCourt’s short free kick took a deflection on its way out of play.

Five minutes later, Theo Archibald’s powerful long range strike hit the bar on its way over.

Morecambe’s Barry Roche was later forced to make a good save, parrying the ball onto the post following Fiacre Kelleher’s header from a corner in the 38th minute.

The Shrimps took the lead in the 65th minute when Sutton headed home on the end of a great cross by fellow centre-half Steven Old.

Jim Bentley’s side almost doubled their lead six minutes later when Shaun Miller beat ‘keeper Owen Evans on the right and his effort from a tight angle hit the post.

Morecambe continued to look more settled since their goal, and came close again in the 78th minute when substitute Andrew Tutte’s effort went just wide.

Macclesfield came close right at the very end when Emmanuel Osadebe fired the ball just over the bar.

Up next for the Shrimps is Exeter City at home on Saturday while the Silkmen host Scunthorpe United.

Macclesfield Town: Evans, Welch-Hayes, Kelleher (capt), Vassell, Archibald, Harris, McCourt (Kirby 76), Clarke (O’Keeffe 67), Osadebe, Ironside, Stephens (Gomis 76).

Booked: Welch-Hayes and Vassell

Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Horsfall and Blyth.

Morecambe: Roche (capt), Sutton, Lavelle, Old, Brewitt, Buxton, O’Sullivan, Alessandra (Tutte 58), Cranston, Stockton (Oates 79), Miller (Ellison 84).

Booked: Brewitt, O’Sullivan and Alessandra.

Subs not used: Halstead, Leitch-Smith, Jagne, Bakare.

Attendance: 1,862 (235 away)