Shrimps win first league game with Thompson brace

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Morecambe 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Thompson 55, 90+1  Eisa 43

A second-half brace from Wembley hero Garry Thompson meant that the Shrimps came from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 2-1. The visitors took the lead shortly before half time through Mohamed Eisa on his football league debut, but Thompson put the ball away at both far posts to secure the three points on his first game for the Shrimps since re-joining the club in the summer.

Both sides started the game well, having early chances. Morecambe had the first chance of the game four minutes in when Garry Thompson played in Andy Fleming whose shot went wide of the mark.

Cheltenham’s first chance of the game came four minutes later when debutant Jerell Sellars made a good run on the left-hand side but his cross was headed away and later cleared by Aaron Wildig.

In the 11th minute Morecambe thought they’d made a breakthrough. The hosts had some good play in the box, with Cheltenham’s defending being scrappy. Kevin Ellison put the ball away past Flatt but the goal was disallowed due to an alleged foul by Vadaine Oliver on the defender.

Morecambe debutant Oliver then had a chance of his own ten minutes later. The new signing from York City headed just over the bar on the end of Michael Rose’s free kick.

15 minutes later Cheltenham had a rare chance and it came through Sellars again. The former Aston Villa man took a great free kick that was on its way in but Morecambe keeper Barry Roche managed to keep it out.

Vadaine Oliver had a great game in his first competitive game for the Shrimps, winning everything in the air. He came very close to getting his first goal for Jim Bentley’s side five minutes before the break. His header on the end of Rose’s brilliant cross was tipped over the bar by visiting keeper Jonathan Flatt.

Shortly before the interval however, Cheltenham took the lead against the run of play. They got a controversial free kick on the left hand side and the ball in wasn’t defended by the Shrimps and Mohamed Eisa was able to slot home from close range to open his account on his Football League debut. The visitors led 1-0 at half time.

Eight minutes into the second half, Eisa almost doubled his side’s lead. The new signing from non-league side Greenwich Borough cut in on the left hand side without much opposition and his shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche.

Morecambe got an equaliser just two minutes later however, and it was a brilliant team goal. Roche started the move with a poor pass to defender Alex Kenyon, but Kenyon managed to keep it in and play the ball to Fleming who played a great through ball to Wildig. Wildig was one-on-one with the keeper, and the 25-year-old gifted the ball to the unmarked Thompson on the right who put the ball past the keeper to score his 57th league goal for the Shrimps.

This lifted the home support, and there was now a real sense that the hosts could win the game. Oliver excited the Shrimps fans when he was one-on-one with Flatt three minutes after Thompson’s goal but his shot was saved by the keeper, who spent time on loan at Barrow last season.

Cheltenham got a free kick in a threatening position in the 61st minute, but the free kick was blocked by Kenyon and went out for a corner.

Morecambe later got a free kick of their own in a threatening position seven minutes later but Rose’s attempt went over the bar.

Chances were few and far between until the last ten minutes when it really livened up. Jim Bentley’s new captain Michael Rose had a powerful shot at goal go just wide of the mark in the 81st minute, and then three minutes later Cheltenham keeper Flatt was involved in a confusion between him and his defence meaning that Wildig was able to lob him but it was cleared away by defender Will Boyle.

The away side had a golden opportunity to get a winner two minutes from time but Boyle absolutely bottled it. The defender got the ball in front of an open net but still somehow managed to hit it over the bar.

It was Morecambe who got the winning goal, and deservedly so. Rose’s long range free kick was headed into the danger zone by Vadaine Oliver and Cheltenham defender Kyle Storer helped the ball on its way to Thompson who put the ball away from close range at the far post to secure the three points for the Shrimps in added time.

A great win for the Shrimps puts them in 6th whilst Cheltenham are 18th. Next up for Jim Bentley’s side is Championship side Barnsley in the Carabao Cup at Oakwell on Tuesday evening.

Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Kenyon, Winnard, Brough, Fleming, Rose (c), Thompson (Lavelle 90+3), Wildig (Campbell 86), Ellison (Turner 71), Oliver.

Booked: Roche, Winnard, Wildig

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Conlan, Deakin

Cheltenham Town: Flatt, Grimes, Boyle, Storer (c), Cranston, Winchester, Atangana (Holman 90+3), Forster, Sellars, Wright, Eisa.

Booked: Atangana

Subs not used: O’Shaughnessy, Page, Bower, Lovett.

Attendance: 1,450

Shrimps come from behind to beat Bamber Bridge in pre-season run out

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Bamber Bridge 1-2 Morecambe

Carsley 14                Hedley 23
Thompson 49

Morecambe came from behind to beat Bamber Bridge in their first pre-season friendly at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Tuesday night. The home side took the lead 14 minutes in through Brad Carsley before Shrimps youngster Ben Hedley equalised from close range nine minutes later. Morecambe legend Garry Thompson scored four minutes into his return, and this sealed the victory for Jim Bentley’s side.

Both sides started lively, and looked in good nick. Bamber Bridge had the first chance of the game three minutes in as full-back Macaulay Wilson cut past the Shrimps’ defence before he was stopped in his tracks by Roche. At the other end Morecambe came close after some good work by Luke Jordan and Adam Campbell on the right, before they put a great ball in towards Ben Hedley whose shot went just over the bar.

Michael Rose had a very good chance three minutes later, but it didn’t look like he meant it. He put a cross in following a corner and it hit the crossbar. It was Bamber Bridge who were first to take the lead however as Brad Carsley managed to cut past Aaron McGowan and bury his shot into the bottom-right corner to beat Barry Roche.

The home side’s lead lasted just nine minutes. Rhys Turner worked well in the box, cutting in and having his shot pushed away by Rigby before Ben Hedley netted the rebound from close range.

Adam Campbell impressed in his first game for the Shrimps, and came very close to scoring in the 34th minute when he cut past the defence and had a shot that hit the crossbar.

Rhys Turner came close to taking the lead for Morecambe just before the break but his shot was parried by Lloyd Rigby. It was all square at half time.

Shrimps manager Jim Bentley made eleven changes at the break, and his second half eleven included Morecambe legend Garry Thompson who has rejoined the club from Wycombe this summer. The 36-year-old forward had a very good start to the game, taking the lead for his boyhood club just four minutes in. Youngster Steven Yawson worked really well on the right-hand side and found the veteran forward whose shot met the top-corner of the net from close range to send Shrimps fans wild.

Both sides had chances in the midst of the second half. Andy Fleming and Steven Yawson both had shots wide for the Shrimps, whilst Bamber Bridge’s Regan Linney and Danny Forbes had shots going just over the bar.

Garry Thompson almost got his second goal for the Shrimps in the 70th minute. He linked up well with Steven Yawson again but his shot was blocked by the defence and he failed to put away the rebound.

Chances were few and far between for Bamber Bridge in the latter stages of the game, as Morecambe dominated possession, but in the 75th minute substitute Adam Stammers had an ambitious effort at goal only for it to go just wide and not trouble Niall Maher.

Reece Deakin who featured for the Shrimps in the second half impressed, and found himself heavily involved in the action in the final ten minutes of the game. The youngster twice linked up well with Steven Yawson, putting good balls in to his fellow winger whose first header went wide and then volleyed against the post.

Deakin later nearly scored himself. He found himself in space on the left-hand side in the 79th minute and his shot was pushed away by Rigby before his second shot eight minutes later was deflected out for a corner by the Bamber Bridge defence.

The home side had a last ditch attempt to equalise in the last minute of normal time, but it didn’t test Niall Maher. Former Kendal midfielder Danny Forbes made a run with the ball but he didn’t have a good enough finishing product as his attempt sailed over the bar.

Morecambe face Lancaster City up next at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Bamber Bridge: Rigby, Wilson (Stammers 64), Higham (Milligan 45), Lawlor (Mahoney 54), Doughty (Jones 45), Potts (Forbes 59), Linney, Staunton-Turner (Kay 74), Carsley (Riley 68), Dudley (Ngolo 76), Dodd (Marlow 45).

Morecambe: 

1st Half XI: Roche 7, McGowan 6, Trialist 6, Winnard 6, Conlan 5, Rose 7 (c), Hedley 7, Jordan 6, Campbell 8, Ellison 6, Turner 7.

2nd Half XI: Maher 7, Lund 6, Brownsword 7, Kenyon 7, Brough 7, Trialist 6, Fleming 7, Yawson 8, Wildig 7, Deakin 8, Thompson 7 (c).

 

 

Morecambe Thrashed Yet Again In Demoralising Defeat

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Morecambe 1-4 Stevenage

Stockton 20      Goodall 38 og, Parrett 45+1,71, Kennedy 86

Morecambe suffered yet another daunting defeat with a 4-1 loss to fellow League 2 strugglers Stevenage on Saturday, having previously been beaten 7-0 at Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

The game was very end to end in the first half with both sides creating chances and looking vulnerable at the back. Morecambe had the better of the first half chances, with Kevin Ellison coming close for the Shrimps in the seventh minute only for his shot to be saved by ex-Preston keeper Jamie Jones.

Eight minutes later Jim Bentley’s side had an excellent chance to open the scoring. Cole Stockton found himself in good space in the box, lobbing the keeper only for the ball to hit the crossbar and go out for a goal kick.

Morecambe went on to have a series of corners shortly after, and some of them were better than others. Chris Doyle had a shot from close range on the end of the corner in the 18th minute, but it was saved brilliantly by Jamie Jones in the Stevenage goal.

The Shrimps finally took the lead just moments later as youth-academy product Doyle nodded Devitt’s corner goalwards from 10 yards out, and Tranmere loanee Cole Stockton got the final touch to the ball with his head before it beat Jamie Jones.

The lead was almost short lived however as Stevenage hit Morecambe on the counter attack in the 23rd minute. Barry Roche had to keep out two shots, with one coming from captain Luke Wilkinson but luckily for Morecambe they managed to keep their lead and clear their lines.

Fifteen minutes after this scare, Stevenage managed to get back on level terms with some luck. Morecambe failed to defend a corner from the visitors and the ball came off Shrimps midfielder Alan Goodall and went in, so it was recorded as an own goal.

Soon after the equaliser, Morecambe were on the attack again with Aaron Wildig coming close and Adam Dugdale, who played for the first time since his injury, heading well over the bar from a corner.

Stevenage put themselves in a good position just before half time as they took the lead for the first time in the game. Jamie Jones quickly launched the ball forward after catching the ball at ease from Jamie Devitt’s free kick, and Greg Luer got past Shaun Beeley before squaring the ball to Dean Parrett who was able to slot home from close range without any opposition. The visitors went in leading 2-1 at half time.

Chances were few and far between after the break for Morecambe, who showed little energy or determination. The closest they came to equalising was in the 55th minute when Tom Barkhuizen found himself through on goal, but his shot went over the bar.

Stevenage extended their lead in the 71st minute through Dean Parrett, who scored his second goal of the game. The midfielder found himself in the box unmarked and he managed to retrieve the ball when it ricocheted off a Morecambe defender, and he beat Barry Roche, who was off his line, with a carefully placed shot in the bottom left-hand corner.

Morecambe never really put up much of a fight in their pursuit to get something out of this game, although Cole Stockton did come close in the 83rd minute.

Just four minutes later Stevenage scored the winning goal through Ben Kennedy. The forward slotted home comfortably to round off a good move, which started with a cracking long run by Tom Pett, who sailed past most of the Morecambe players at ease.

Stevenage could’ve even made it five in the dying moments of the game, but they failed to make the score line look even more embarrassing for their fellow League 2 counterparts.

Morecambe now sit in 21st and could even finish the 2015/16 campaign in 22nd if the results don’t go their way in their final two games of the season, which are against Exeter City and York City respectively.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley (c) (McGowan 46), Dugdale, Doyle, Conlan (Molyneux 82), Goodall, Wildig (Oliver 76), Barkhuizen, Devitt, Ellison, Stockton.

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Kenyon, Edwards, Mullin.

Booked: Devitt and Wildig.

Stevenage: Jones, Henry, Wilkinson (c), Wells, Franks, Pett, Parrett (Gorman 81), Tonge, Kennedy, Luer (Lee 62), O’Connor (Conlon 19).

Subs not used: Day (GK), Okimo, Johnson, Adams.

Attendance: 1,129

 

 

 

Lancaster Suffer Blow As They Fall To Trafford

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Lancaster City 0-1 Trafford

                 Palmer 31

Lancaster suffered another blow to their play-off hopes with a defeat against mid-table Trafford.

Chris Palmer scored the only goal of the game to secure the three points for the Greater-Manchester side.

To start with the game was very end-to-end, with both sides having chances. Trafford had a corner after just three minutes, and Neil Marshall headed just over the bar off the end of a free kick in the twelfth minute.

Despite the game being even early on, Trafford soon emerged as the side looking more likely to take the lead. The visitors came close to doing just that in the 19th minute when Kyle Jacobs hit a very good shot from the edge of the box, which was heading in, but Mike Hale managed to get a hand on it to tip the ball over the bar.

City looked shaky at the back for the majority of the first half, and Trafford continued to dominate. They eventually took the lead in the 31st minute through Chris Palmer, who drilled a shot in the bottom left hand corner to beat Mike Hale in the City goal.

Billy Akrigg could’ve equalised for the home side soon after, but he failed to do so with Saunders making a simple save.

Trafford went in at the break deservedly leading 1-0.

Lancaster improved after the break and could’ve equalised three minutes into the second half through Billy Akrigg, but his shot went wide following a free kick.

Zach Clark came on as a substitute for Lancaster in the 67th minute, and he was quick to influence the game with an early shot going just wide of the goal.

There weren’t a great deal of chances in the second half, and Lancaster found themselves battling for an equaliser in the last ten minutes throwing bodies forward. Captain Neil Marshall connected with a powerful corner by Ryan Winder in the 83rd minute only for his shot to reach the hands of Russ Saunders easily in the Trafford goal.

Trafford’s only real chance of the second half came shortly afterwards with substitute Raul Correia shooting wide.

Lancaster continued to push for a goal, and they should’ve scored in the last minute of normal time as Zach Clark found himself with the ball just three yards out but he spent too long on the ball and he was tackled by a Trafford defender with fans of the Dolly Blues calling for a penalty.

Gavin Clark made a good run with the ball towards the box in the second minute of added time, but he failed to provide a finishing product as his shot went sailing over the bar.

Lancaster earned a corner in the last minute of added time, which keeper Mike Hale raced up for, but Ryan Winder’s corner was cleared off the line by a Trafford defender. Unfortunately for Phil Brown’s side, it wasn’t City’s day and they fell to their first loss of the month.

Lancaster City: Hale, Henry, Mercer, Marshall(c), G Clark, Watson, Winder, Akrigg (Shearwood 80), Carney, Kilifin (Clark 67), Davis (Taylor 46).

Booked: Kilifin

Trafford: Saunders, Quansah, Neville, Langford, Duggan, Granite(c), Palmer, Jacobs, Burns (Correia 72), Bryant (McDonagh 79).

Attendance: 200