Shrimps slump to another defeat at expense of rivals Stanley

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-2 Accrington Stanley

Wildig 82            McCartan 45+2, 66

Morecambe suffered their fifth consecutive defeat against local rivals Accrington Stanley at the Globe Arena last night. Shay McCartan scored the visitors’ two goals, with a free kick on the brink of half time and his second coming as a result of a defensive mistake from Alex Whitmore. Aaron Wildig got a goal back for the Shrimps and brought some momentum out of the side, but it was too little too late.

Accrington started the game well, showing a lot of energy and pace. They came close to taking the lead just four minutes in, with Noor Husin’s shot hitting the post.

Two minutes later Shay McCartan came close, with his shot going just wide, and then in the tenth minute Stanley got through the Morecambe defence with ease and McCartan’s shot went straight at Roche.

Morecambe’s best chance of the game without scoring came in the thirteenth minute. Lee Molyneux made a good run along the right-hand side, and he put a good ball in towards Whitmore – whose header went just wide of the mark.

Four minutes later, Stanley came close again with Sean McConville’s shot going just over the bar. They also came close in the 29th minute when they counter-attacked a poor Morecambe corner, but McCartan’s shot could only go over the bar.

Shay McCartan found himself involved in the action a lot during the first half, and he put Stanley in front just before half time. Ellison gave away a free kick in a dangerous position, and the striker was able to place the ball brilliantly in the top-right corner – beating Roche.

In the second half Morecambe came reasonably close to equalising two minutes in, but Rose didn’t quite connect with his shot and whilst Murphy put the ball in the back of the net, it was ruled offside.

Fifteen minutes later Dean Winnard put in a good ball for the home side, but Turner couldn’t quite get on the end of the ball- however if he had, there was every chance that he would’ve put the ball away.

In the 66th minute, Accrington extended their lead. John Coleman’s side hit the Shrimps on the break and last man Alex Whitmore fell over, giving Shay McCartan only the keeper to beat and the forward went up and did just that – slotting the ball past Roche to his right.

The only real save Accrington’s keeper really had to make came in the 75th minute. Kevin Ellison found the ball in the box, and his shot forced Rodak into a good diving save to his right.

Morecambe got a goal back in the 82nd minute through Aaron Wildig. Andy Fleming played a good ball to the attacking midfielder, who was situated on the right-flank at the time, and the ex-Cardiff man curled the ball into the top left corner with his left foot to give the Shrimps any kind of chance of getting a result.

Wildig’s goal gave the home side momentum, with the fans getting fully behind them and tension rising. Substitute Luke Conlan made a great run on the left-hand side two minutes later – giving the ball to Rose – whose shot was tipped over the bar by the keeper.

Whilst Jim Bentley’s side continued to put the pressure on for an equaliser towards the end, Accrington managed to hold on for the win – and the injury to Morecambe defender Ryan Edwards towards the end didn’t help.

The result means that Accrington move above the Shrimps in the league table, and now sit in 14th whilst Morecambe move down to 16th. Accrington face Grimsby Town next at home on Saturday, whilst the Shrimps are at home to Mansfield Town.

Morecambe: Roche 6, Duckworth 5, Edwards 6, Whitmore 6, Winnard 6 (Conlan 70), Rose 6, Murphy 5 (c) (Fleming 56), Molyneux 6 (Mullin 56), Wildig 7, Ellison 6, Turner 5.

Sub ratings: Fleming 7, Conlan 7, Mullin 7.

Booked: Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan, Ellison

Subs not used: Maher, McGowan, Wakefield, Jordan.

Accrington Stanley: Rodak 7, Rodgers 6, Hughes 7, Beckles 7, Pearson 6, McConville 7, Conneely 6 (Donacien 72), Husin 7, Clark 7, Kee 6, McCartan 8.

Sub rating: Donacien n/a

Booked: Rodgers

Subs not used: Gornell, Boco, Hewitt, Shaw, Chapman, Edwards

Attendance: 1,506 (346 away)




Morecambe extend losing run to three games with defeat to Newport

Morecambe v Newport

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-1 Newport County

Bird 67 pen

Relegation contenders Newport County won their second consecutive game this evening, with a 1-0 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena. The only goal of the game came with Ryan Bird scoring from the spot in the 67th minute.

Morecambe started the game well, with a good through ball being played through to Rhys Turner on the right. The winger managed to get round the keeper, and his shot was cleared off the line in the second minute.

Moments later, Antony Evans attempted a lob for the home side but it didn’t trouble Newport keeper Chris Day.

Following this short spell of good play from the Shrimps, Newport dominated play and really should’ve gone in front. Tom Owen-Evans brought a good diving save out of Roche in the sixth minute, and five minutes later Joss Labadie’s header from a corner looked to be going in, but Whitmore managed to block it out for another corner.

After some poor defending from the resultant corner, Alex Samuel had a shot going just over the bar and then moments later Ryan Bird got on the end of a shot to deflect the ball and force Roche into an excellent diving save to his left.

Newport found themselves coming very close to scoring again in the 34th minute, when Scot Bennett’s long range shot forced a save from Roche- but he couldn’t push the ball away and the Shrimps’ defence just about managed to prevent the away side scoring from the rebound. Sean Rigg headed just wide on the end of a good cross from the right-hand side two minutes later, colliding with Whitmore in the process.

Despite all the chances Newport had, it was arguably Morecambe who had the best chance of the half. In the last minute of injury time, Antony Evans had a sweet strike from long range- hitting the crossbar. It was goalless at the break.

Four minutes into the second half it looked like Newport had taken the lead through Ryan Bird, but Dean Winnard managed to somehow keep the ball from crossing the line- controlling the ball comfortably.

Paul Mullin came close for the Shrimps in the 53rd minute, cutting in from the left, and his curled shot prompted an excellent diving save by Chris Day to his right- keeping the ball out.

Sean Rigg brought another good save out of Roche twelve minutes later, and then Morecambe hit the Welsh side on the counter-attack. Mullin made a good run along the right, and put in a good ball to Evans- whose shot went just wide of the mark.

By the 65th minute, Newport were awarded a penalty. Alex Whitmore brought down Alex Samuel in the box as he cut in from the right, and the referee didn’t really hesitate to point to the spot. Ryan Bird stepped up and took a brilliant penalty going nicely down the middle to beat Roche, who dived to his right.

Lee Molyneux had a shot blocked in the 71st minute, and roughly ten minutes later Michael Rose had a good long range effort- with his powerful shot going just wide.

Substitute Jazzi Barnum-Bobb looked threatening going forward for the away side, and his pace enabled him to get through a tired Morecambe defence with ease in the 86th minute- his shot going just wide.

Despite the fact that there were seven minutes added due to several long stoppages, Morecambe failed to make use of the extra time they had and Newport managed to hold on for the victory.

Morecambe remain in 15th following tonight’s result and face Plymouth Argyle away from home on Saturday, whilst Newport move off the bottom and face in-form Blackpool at Rodney Parade at the weekend.

Morecambe: Roche 8, Wakefield 6 (Duckworth 54), Edwards 6, Whitmore 6, Winnard 5 (c), Rose 7, Fleming 6, Turner 5, Evans 6 (Murphy 78), Ellison 5 (Molyneux 68), Mullin 5.

Sub ratings: Duckworth 5, Molyneux 5, Murphy 6.

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Wildig, Conlan.

Newport County: Day 8, Pipe 7, Nelson 6, O’Brien 6 (Barnum-Bobb 80), Butler 6, Owen-Evans 6, Bennett 7, Labadie 7, Rigg 7 (Demetriou 70), Samuel 8 (Williams 87), Bird 7.

Booked: O’Brien

Sub ratings: Demetriou n/a, Barnum-Bobb 8, Williams n/a.

Subs not used: Randall, Jackson, Bittner, Gordon.

Attendance: 1,080




Shrimps suffer comprehensive defeat against Yeovil

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-3 Yeovil Town

Evans 53              Butcher 45+2

Lacey 65

Mugabi 71

Yeovil picked up their first win in nine games with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena this afternoon. Matt Butcher opened the scoring with an impressive strike just before half time, and Antony Evans equalised for Morecambe eight minutes into the second half. Further Yeovil goals from Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi sealed the win for the visitors later in the half.

Both sides started the game reasonably well. Morecambe had the first chance of the game with Kevin Ellison on the receiving end of a good ball from Michael Duckworth, – but he could only shoot straight at the keeper. Yeovil came very close to scoring two minutes later, when Ben Whitfield’s shot was pushed away by Roche before Bevis Mugabi’s header from the resultant corner was tipped over the bar.

In the eleventh minute Paul Mullin came close for Morecambe, connecting well from an impressive cross from the left only for his header to go straight into the hands of the keeper, – who just managed to keep the ball behind the line.

The game was rather scrappy for some of the first half, with little chances coming. The Shrimps’ next chance came in the 27th minute, with some good build up play from Antony Evans- only for the chance to go begging with Paul Mullin shooting straight at the keeper.

Shortly afterwards Yeovil came close, with Tom Eaves heading just wide on the end of a good cross coming from the right.

Morecambe came close on the brink of half time, with Lee Molyneux cutting inside from the left but his shot was met with a good save from Artur Krysiak.

Two minutes into added time Yeovil took the lead through Matt Butcher. Tom Eaves had a shot blocked by the defence, and the ball fell to Butcher who caught Roche off his line- lobbing him from around thirty yards out. The away side led 1-0 at half time.

Two minutes into the second half, Whitfield shot just wide for the away side whilst Molyneux had a shot parried away by the keeper just moments later at the other end.

Paul Mullin found himself through on goal in the 52nd minute only for him to shoot straight at the keeper. Moments later he made up for this- cutting through from the right and having a shot at the keeper which was saved, before Antony Evans netted home the rebound to put the Shrimps back on level terms.

Yeovil were back in front just thirteen minutes later, after some poor defending from the Shrimps. Ryan Edwards failed to clear his lines, instead gifting the ball to Alex Lacey who slotted home from a yard out.

Roche was forced to make a cracking diving save to his left to keep out Zoko’s acrobatic shot in the 71st minute, and before we knew it Yeovil had scored a third thanks to Bevis Mugabi’s easy header from the resultant corner.

It could’ve been 4-1 a few minutes later as Dawson hit the post for the visitors, before Zoko missed an open net- hitting the ball well over the bar.

Yeovil continued to impress in the final ten minutes, piling on the pressure whilst Morecambe stumbled. Matt Butcher almost had his second goal of the afternoon, but his long range shot was saved by Roche to his right before Tom Eaves shot wide in an effort where he should’ve done much better.

Yeovil’s victory means that they sit in 17th on 43 points in League 2, whilst the Shrimps remain in 15th with 46 points. Up next for the Shrimps is Newport at home on Tuesday night, whilst Yeovil face Barnet away from home on Wednesday.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Whitmore 5, Edwards 6, Winnard 5, Duckworth 5, Murphy 4 (c), Wildig 5, Molyneux 6, Evans 8 (Turner 78), Mullin 6, Ellison 4 (Jordan 78).

Sub ratings: Turner n/a, Jordan 6.

Booked: Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, McGowan, Conlan, Fleming.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak 7, Shephard 6, Mugabi 7, Lacey 7, Dickson 6, Dolan 7, Lawless 6 (Butcher 44), Dawson 7, Whitfield 9, Eaves 7, Zoko 6.

Sub rating: Butcher 8.

Booked: Butcher

Subs not used: Maddison, Sowunmi, Bassett, Akpa-Akpro, James, Harrison.

Attendance: 1,433





Morecambe suffer first away defeat of 2017

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Sky Bet League 2

Blackpool 3-1 Morecambe

Cullen 14         Evans 83
Potts 54
Edwards og 80

Morecambe suffered their first away defeat of 2017 today, losing 3-1 to local rivals Blackpool.

Mark Cullen opened the scoring for the Seasiders, and he was backed up with a goal from Brad Potts early in the second half. A Ryan Edwards own goal put the game to bed for Gary Bowyer’s side in the 80th minute, whilst the Shrimps got one back through Antony Evans in the 83rd minute- but it came too late to mount a successful comeback.

It was a rather scrappy start to the game, with both sides having half chances but there wasn’t really any stand out ones.

Blackpool did however take the lead in the 14th minute, through Mark Cullen. Brad Potts made a good run on the right hand side and put a good ball in towards Cullen, who headed home from close range.

Two minutes later, Potts had a chance of his own- going through on goal but his shot was saved by Roche to his right.

In the 24th minute, Morecambe came close through Michael Duckworth- whose shot was blocked on the end of a corner.

Blackpool had two great chances to double their lead shortly afterwards. Colin Daniel forced Roche into a good save to his left following a good run in the 25th minute, whilst Potts really should’ve scored when he got past Whitmore easily only for his shot across goal to go just wide in the 28th minute.

Morecambe had a good spell of play towards the end of the half, but they didn’t take their chances. Paul Mullin forced Dean Lyness into a good save to his left from close range, before Whitmore had a shot blocked in the 38th minute. From the resultant corner, Edwards came reasonably close- but his attempt went over the bar. Blackpool led 1-0 at half time.

In the second half, the Shrimps started well showing good attacking intent but they didn’t have many chances. In the 54th minute, Fleming provided some promising play going forward but then he was brought down and Blackpool hit the away side on the counter attack. Brad Potts made a great run and he buried the ball in the bottom-left, leaving Roche with no chance, and doubling his side’s lead.

The home side really should’ve made it 3-0 ten minutes later, when Murphy gifted the ball to Flores only for him to shoot straight at Roche despite being one-on-one.

Morecambe started to pile on the pressure, and in the 69th minute Mullin hit the ball just over the bar with a good effort.

The Shrimps’ best chance of the half without scoring came four minutes later when substitute Rhys Turner made a great run on the right-hand side and put in a good ball but Mullin sliced it just wide of the mark.

Blackpool had another promising chance to score in the 79th minute when Armand Gnanduillet came one-on-one with Roche, but he failed to beat the veteran shot-stopper. The Seasiders did get a third moments later however, when Bright Osayi-Samuel did some great work on the left to get past Duckworth and his shot deflected off Edwards on its way in.

Morecambe got a goal back in the 83rd minute through Antony Evans. Substitute Aaron McGowan made a great run on the right, and he provided a good ball to Mullin- whose shot was blocked before substitute Antony Evans smashed home the rebound from close range to score his first goal in professional football.

The away side looked to pile on the pressure towards the end in order to mount a comeback, but they didn’t really test the Blackpool defence. The only time they really tested them towards the death was when Ryan Edwards had a shot straight at the keeper in the second minute of added time. Blackpool took their chances and that is why they won the game at the end of the day.

The result means that the Seasiders move up to 11th in the League 2 table, whilst the Shrimps move down to 15th. Blackpool face Plymouth Argyle away from home next on Tuesday night, whilst the Shrimps are next in action at home to Yeovil in a week’s time.

Blackpool: Lyness 7, Aimson 7, Aldred 8 (c), Robertson 7, Mellor 7, Potts 8, Payne 7 (Black 84), Flores 7 (Osayi-Samuel 67), Daniel 8, Cullen 8 (Gnanduillet 73), Delfouneso 6.

Booked: Daniel

Sub ratings: Black n/a, Osayi-Samuel 8, Gnanduillet 6.

Subs not used: Nolan, Boney, Odelusi, Correia.

Morecambe: Roche 6, Wakefield 6 (Turner 60), Edwards 7, Whitmore 5, Duckworth 5, Fleming 5 (McGowan 74), Murphy 5, Wildig 7 (Evans 79), Molyneux 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Booked: Roche and Murphy

Sub ratings: Turner 7, McGowan 7, Evans 6

Subs not used: Winnard, Nizic, Conlan, Jordan.

Attendance: 3,453 (786 away)




















Early goal secures victory for Shrimps

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-0 Grimsby Town

Molyneux 2

A goal from Lee Molyneux secured a victory for Morecambe today, ensuring they move up to 13th in the League 2 table.

Molyneux’s goal came just two minutes in, with the Shrimps catching Grimsby off-guard from a corner. Rose decided to go short with the corner, and Molyneux hit the ball first time into the bottom-right corner in what was a stunning strike.

Six minutes later, the away side came close to scoring an equaliser when Gavin Gunning met a brilliant cross from the right, but his header went straight into the hands of Roche.

Grimsby had much of possession in the first half, but they didn’t really have many chances as they weren’t brilliant in the final third. Most of their long balls didn’t tend to cause any problems for the Morecambe defence.

The home side could’ve in fact doubled their lead in the 35th minute, through Andy Fleming. Rose put in a good corner, and Fleming had his shot cleared off the line.

Jamey Osbourne came close for the visitors just before the interval, slicing through the defence only for his 41st minute shot to go wide. At the other end, the Shrimps had some promising play with Whitmore, Evans and Edwards having attempts quick in succession two minutes later- but Grimsby managed to prevent them from doubling their lead. Bentley’s side led 1-0 at the break.

In the second half, Morecambe upped their game and could’ve been 2-0 up just four minutes in. Fleming played a good ball to Mullin on the right, and he beat the keeper with a shot buried in the left-hand corner but it was adjudged to be offside by the linesman.

In-form Mullin was involved in the action again ten minutes later, this time forcing McKeown into a fantastic save to his right to stop the ball from reaching the top corner.

Mullin had arguably his best chance of the game in the 64th minute, when Evans worked well in the box and put in a good ball to the striker- who headed onto the crossbar.

Chris Clements had a shot blocked by Ryan Edwards two minutes later for the away side, and then in the 78th minute Zak Mills’ shot went straight at Barry Roche.

Paul Mullin worked his socks off for the home side, and he found himself through in the 78th minute, getting past the Grimsby keeper- but McKeown showed his versatility by tracking back and pushing the ball out for a corner.

The corner came to nothing, and in the 88th minute Grimsby came ever so close through Danny Andrew- whose shot went just over the bar.

Morecambe looked to have put the game to bed in the first minute of stoppage time. Rhys Turner utilised his pace and exceptional control with the ball, with his long-range shot hitting the post, and Kevin Ellison was there to slot home the rebound- but it was ruled offside by the linesman.

Therefore, the game finished 1-0 thanks to Molyneux’s early strike. The result means that the Shrimps move up to 13th with five points separating them from the play-off places. They face a tough challenge against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday night, whilst Grimsby move down to 14th and face Colchester United at Blundell Park the same day.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Edwards 8, Whitmore 8, Wakefield 8, McGowan 8, Fleming 8, Rose 9 (c), Molyneux 8, Evans 7 (Wildig 70), Ellison 7, Mullin 9 (Turner 85).

Sub ratings: Wildig 8, Turner 8

Subs not used: Nizic, Hedley, Conlan, Jordan, Duckworth.

Grimsby Town: McKeown 7, Mills 6, Pearson 7, Collins 7, Andrew 6, Gunning 7 (Davies 80), Bolarinwa 6 (Yussuf 83), Clements 7, Osborne 6 (Asante 64), Jones 6, Dyson 7.

Booked: Gunning

Sub ratings: Asante 6, Davies 6, Yussuf 5.

Subs not used: Disley, Boyce, Comley, Maxwell.

Attendance: 1,824



Lincoln cause shock with last minute win over Burnley

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FA Cup 5th Round

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City

Raggett 89

National League side Lincoln City caused a major shock today by defeating Burnley in the FA Cup 5th Round. Sean Raggett was the hero for the Imps, heading home at the far post from a corner in the 89th minute to book their place in the Quarter Finals.

Lincoln started the game well- Nathan Arnold cut in the box from the right and put a good ball through to Muldoon who hit the ball over the bar five minutes in.

A lot of the first half was played in midfield however, and chances were often few and far between. Burnley’s first chance of the game came in the 22nd minute when Michael Keane headed wide from Arfield’s corner.

Five minutes later, Andre Gray looked to be through after a good ball from Joey Barton- but the striker could only hit the ball straight at Farman in the Lincoln goal.

Joey Barton had a good long range effort in the 39th minute from around thirty yards out, after the Lincoln defence failed to clear their lines, but again it didn’t really test Paul Farman.

Burnley came close again in added time, but Arfield could only hit the ball over the bar. It was goalless at half time, and it was clear that Lincoln had frustrated the home side.

Seven minutes into the second half, Burnley had their best chance of the game yet after a brilliant ball from Barton, but Gray could only hit the ball well wide of the mark.

Lincoln came reasonably close in the 68th minute, after a good ball into the box but Matt Rhead couldn’t quite connect with the cross.

Two minutes later, the away side had a penalty shout as Southwell went down in the box but it was ruled out. However, there was then an incident off the ball involving Joey Barton pushing a player to the ground. The midfielder was booked for an incident that some would argue should’ve been a sending off.

Ten minutes later, Burnley came very close to taking the lead as Lincoln began to tire. Darikwa worked really well on the right-hand side and he put in a good ball to Gray who didn’t capitalise on a big chance- miss-hitting the ball. The keeper did really well to keep out Westwood’s shot in the end however as the defence failed to clear the danger.

Bradley Wood put in a brilliant last ditch tackle to stop Boyd from going through and potentially taking the lead for Sean Dyche’s side in the 82nd minute, and three minutes later Gray looked threatening with a promising run but he gave the ball to Arfield- who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Whilst Burnley looked more likely to score- especially in the final ten minutes of the game- the opposite happened. Burnley failed to pick up Lincoln captain Luke Waterfall from the corner despite having all men back, meaning that the defender was able to head the ball across to Sean Raggett at the far post who headed in to take the lead for the underdogs and send the away fans into pandemonium.

The referee indicated that there would be five minutes of added time, and Burnley threw all men forward to try and get an equaliser whilst the visitors brought on an extra defender in Jamie McCombe.

Burnley keeper Tom Heaton came up for a corner in added time but it didn’t really come to anything, and the only real chance the hosts had in added time came when Gray had a shot blocked by keeper Paul Farman.

As a result of Lincoln’s victory they created history- becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to make the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup. This game will be remembered by Lincoln fans for a long time, whilst Burnley fans will want to forget about this as soon as possible..

Burnley: Heaton 7, Darikwa 8, Keane 7, Tarkowski 7, Flanagan 6, Gudmundsson n/a (Boyd 20), Westwood 6, Barton 7, Arfield 7, Gray 5, Vokes 5 (Barnes 73).

Sub ratings: Boyd 6, Barnes 6

Booked: Barton and Barnes

Subs not used: Robinson (GK), Lowton, Mee, Ward, Agyei.

Lincoln City: Farman 8, Wood 8, Waterfall 7, Raggett 7, Habergham 6, Arnold 9, Woodyard 8, Power 7, Hawkridge 7 (Ward 81), Muldoon 8 (Southwell 64), Rhead 8 (McCombe 90+1).

Sub ratings: Southwell 8, Ward n/a, McCombe n/a

Booked: Wood and Power

Subs not used: Marriott, Long, Walton, McMenemy.

Attendance: 19,185





Shrimps continue unbeaten run with comfortable victory

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-0 Cambridge United

Ellison 50,55

Morecambe remain unbeaten in 2017 as they extended their run to six games, with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cambridge United today thanks to a Kevin Ellison brace.

The Shrimps started the game brilliantly, and were almost in front just 22 seconds in. Fleetwood loanee Michael Duckworth linked up well with Kevin Ellison, and Ellison’s shot went just wide of the mark.

Eight minutes later, it looked like Morecambe had taken the lead but it was disallowed. Peter Murphy looked to have got something on the end of Rose’s corner, but it happened to be his hand- meaning that the Shrimps have now had goals disallowed in three of their last four games (all involving Peter Murphy).

Murphy looked to make amends three minutes later, making a great run with the ball on the right-hand side and his through ball was cleared and went out for a corner- which came to nothing.

Paul Mullin then found himself clean through on goal in the 16th minute but keeper Will Norris pulled off an impressive save, pushing the ball onto the post on its way out.

Cambridge United’s first real chance came two minutes later when Piero Mingoia had a long range shot parried away by Roche, and the defence cleared their lines quick enough to prevent the away side scoring the rebound.

Kevin Ellison was next to find himself through on goal for the Shrimps, and the veteran forward was prevented from scoring thanks to a crunching tackle from Roberts in the 20th minute.

Jake Carroll produced Cambridge’s best chance of the half when he headed onto the post in the 26th minute.

At the other end, Mullin forced Norris into another good save in the 29th minute and ten minutes later Whitmore got his head on the end of a good corner only for it to meet Kenyon who headed over the bar. It was goalless at the break.

Two minutes into the second half, substitute Harrison Dunk headed over for the visitors and then by the 50th minute Morecambe were in front. Duckworth put in an impressive volley on the end of Molyneux’s cross, and the keeper made a good reflex save but it fell to Ellison who headed home from close range.

Molyneux had a shot saved by Norris in the 53rd minute, but two minutes later Ellison found himself in the right place at the right time yet again. Paul Mullin cut in from the right, and his left-footed shot was parried by Norris only for Ellison to slot home at the far post to double the Shrimps’ lead.

Wildig found himself in space for the home side in the 62nd minute, and his powerful shot forced yet another impressive save from Norris.

Norris was easily Cambridge United’s best player throughout, and he pulled off another good save in the 67th minute from Molyneux’s shot following an impressive run from the winger.

Chances were few and far between following Molyneux’s chance, and the final chance of the game came from substitute Rhys Turner- whose shot was punched wide by Norris in the 89th minute.

Morecambe move to 15th as a result of today’s win, whilst Cambridge now sit just above the Shrimps in 14th place. The Shrimps are at home to Barnet on Tuesday whilst the U’s face Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Whitmore 7, Edwards 8, Kenyon 7, Duckworth 9, Murphy 7, Rose 8, Molyneux 8, Wildig 8 (Evans 87), Ellison 8 (Jordan 90+5), Mullin 8 (Turner 76).

Sub ratings: Turner 7, Evans 7, Jordan n/a

Booked: Murphy

Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, McGowan, Conlan.

Cambridge United: Norris 9, Wharton 6 (Dunk 45), Roberts 7, Legge 6, Carroll 6, Dunne 6, Newton 6 (Williamson 57), O’Neil 6, Mingoia 7, Berry 7, Ikpeazu 5 (Corr 57).

Sub ratings: Dunk 7, Williamson 6, Corr 6.

Booked: Mingoia and Berry

Subs not used: Gregory, Maris, Clark, Lewis

Attendance: 2,162