Seaham knocked out of Durham Challenge Cup at hands of Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA 3-2 Seaham Red Star

O’Neill 45,50 Charlton 66  Scott 60 Davis 86 pen

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe praised his side following a 3-2 defeat to Sunderland RCA in the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round at Meadow Park last night.

Nathan O’Neill scored a brace for the hosts whilst Michael Charlton was the other man to score.

Seaham forwards Thomas Scott and Ash Davis were both on the score-sheet but they ended up on the wrong side of an entertaining game.

“It was a proper cup match, with two good sides going at it,” McCabe told SportsByte.

“I’m just a bit disappointed that we couldn’t nick one at the end and take it to penalties.”

The game in the first-half was very end to end.

Stephen Callen had the first chance of the game for the hosts four minutes in.

Seaham defended poorly in this instance, and Callen’s free shot went just wide of the mark.

Chris McCabe’s side came close in the 12th minute following a well-worked corner.

Lee Hetherington put in a good ball that was nodded on by Robbie Bird but it was headed away by a Sunderland RCA defender.

RCA came very close four minutes from half-time when Adam McGuinness’ excellent free kick forced an impressive save from Harkess and then O’Neill’s rebound was cleared off the line.

The hosts took the lead on the brink of half-time when Nathan O’Neill headed home on the end of a brilliant corner from Jonathan Davis.

It only took O’Neill five minutes after the restart to add a second goal.

Colin Larking did excellently on the right to get past Staunch, and he put the ball in-towards O’Neill who finished coolly at the far post.

Adam McGuinness almost scored in the 54th minute when he produced a powerful strike, only for it to hit the crossbar.

Seaham were back in the game when Thomas Scott headed home on the end of a brilliant long-ball from Bramley.

RCA then extended their lead again seven minutes later when Michael Charlton scored the rebound after Harkess could only parry Luke Page’s effort.

The visitors then had a penalty four minutes from time when Robbie Bird was brought down in the box.

Ash Davis stepped up and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner to beat the keeper – this was too little too late for Seaham.

Sunderland RCA therefore progress to the next round of the Challenge Cup, and the two sides face each other again on Saturday 4 November at the Ferguson Motors Repair Stadium.

Sunderland RCA: Finch, Noble, McGuinness, Hodgson, McNab (Ashton 81), Charlton, Davis, Page (Elliott 67), Callen, Larkin, O’Neill (Richardson 78).

Booked: Page

Subs not used: Patton and Cassidy.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Scorer (Galbraith 84), Staunch, Price, Hetherington (Bailey 42), Bramley, Hodgson, Bird(c), Davis, Scott.

Booked: Scott

Subs not used: McBryde, Wilkinson and Parkshaw.

The full interview with Chris McCabe can be found here 


Shrimps and Mariners share points in entertaining goalless draw


Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-0 Grimsby Town

Morecambe have dropped to 22nd in League 2 following today’s goalless draw against Grimsby Town.

The Shrimps dominated the game mostly, with Alex Kenyon and Adam McGurk coming closest in the first half.

Jim Bentley’s side had a great start to the game, and had one of 12 corners from the game in the second minute.

This came to nothing however, as Michael Rose’s short-corner was intercepted and Grimsby hit Morecambe on the break.

In the 23rd minute Aaron Wildig and Vadaine Oliver linked up really well before giving it to McGurk, whose strike was pushed wide by McKeown.

Four minutes later, Luke Conlan and Michael Rose then linked up well before passing to Oliver – whose final effort went just wide of the goal.

In the 32nd minute, Alex Kenyon then came very close to taking the lead for the Shrimps.

Michael Rose put the ball into the box, and the defender got his foot on it but this took the ball over the bar.

Grimsby only really threatened on occasions in the second half, and former York City midfielder Luke Summerfield had a powerful long-range effort blocked by Rose and out for a corner in the 66nd minute.

Morecambe captain Rose then tried his own luck from long range two minutes later, with his strike being pushed wide by McKeown.

Summerfield then threatened again in the 74th minute but his effort, that would’ve normally have been classed as ‘over-hit’, went just over thanks to the wind blowing in his direction.

The Shrimps came closest to taking the lead in the 77th minute when Steve Old’s header on the end of Rose’s corner was cleared off the line.

The game therefore ended in stalemate, meaning that Grimsby extend their unbeaten run in the league to six games ahead of their next game at home to Cambridge United whilst the Shrimps will drop to the relegation zone if they lose at Forest Green Rovers next week.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Kenyon, Winnard, Conlan, Rose(c), Fleming, Wildig (E Osborne 75), McGurk (Thompson 69), Oliver.

Booked: Wildig

Subs not used: Nizic, Brough, Campbell, Lavelle, Lang.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Clarke, Collins, Dixon, Dembele (Jaiyesimi 69), Berrett, Summerfield, Woolford, Jones (Hooper 79), Vernon.

Booked: Jones

Subs not used: Mills, K Osborne, Bolarinwa, Matt, Killip.

Attendance: 1,525


Ellison brace secures Morecambe win

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-1 Newport County

Ellison 34,80     Bennett 36

38-year-old Morecambe forward Kevin Ellison scored an excellent brace to secure the Shrimps’ second league win of the season at the Globe Arena today. Ellison opened the scoring 34-minutes in with the rebound from Osbourne’s effort, but Scot Bennett equalised shortly afterwards for the visitors from close range. Veteran-forward Ellison got the winner for Jim Bentley’s side ten minutes from time getting his head on Adam Campbell’s excellent shot from long range to secure the three points.

Both teams started the game reasonably well. Newport had the first chance of the game through Tom Owen-Evans but his shot from close range went over the bar.

Five minutes later, the away side came close again. This time it was through David Pipe but his free kick went just wide of the mark.

Morecambe had some good attacking-play early on too, and partway through the first half they began to look like scoring. Garry Thompson got the ball in a good position on the right hand side in the 15th minute but his cross was not met by a fellow player in the box.

New Shrimps striker Adam McGurk looked lively for much of the first half and he nearly put the home side in front in the 17th minute. The former Cambridge man cut inside the box and his shot was pushed away by keeper Joe Day.

Two minutes later however, Newport came very close to taking the lead themselves. Scot Bennett had a header from close range on the end of a good ball go just over the bar.

In the 34th minute, Morecambe had one of their best chances yet. Steve Old got his head on the end of Osbourne’s corner and nodded it on towards Kenyon whose travelling header went just wide of the mark.

Moments later, Jim Bentley’s side found themselves in front. Garry Thompson started a good move before gifting the ball to Fleetwood loanee Elliot Osbourne whose shot was pushed away by Day and Ellison was in the right place to bury home the rebound.

The Shrimps’ lead didn’t last very long at all however – two minutes to be precise. The ball came in from a corner and Mickey Demetriou laid the ball off to fellow defender Scot Bennett who was able to slot home from close range.

Ellison almost put the home side back in the lead six minutes from half time. The veteran was on the receiving end of Thompson’s excellent ball and his volley was blocked by what, according to Ellison, was the defender’s hand. The referee awarded a corner however.

Newport looked the brighter side at the beginning of the second half. Top scorer Frank Nouble came close in the 56th minute, cutting in from the left-hand side only for his shot to go wide.

Five minutes later Morecambe midfielder Aaron Wildig found the ball in space and his shot went wide before Kevin Ellison attempted another volley three minutes later but it didn’t really trouble Joe Day.

Adam McGurk almost put Morecambe back in front moments later. Thompson worked well on the counter-attack and put in a pinpoint ball to the forward and his header was kept out incredibly well by Joe Day.

In the 76th minute, Thompson was involved in play again. He put in another good ball to Ellison, whose header went over the bar.

Newport put a rare chance wide in the 78th minute. There were calls for a penalty as Steve Old appeared to handle it in the box, but the ref played on and Lamar Reynold’s shot went well wide of the mark.

Two minutes later, Morecambe took the lead again. Substitute Adam Campbell hit a powerful shot from long range and the ball stroked Ellison’s head on its way in so the 38-year-old claimed the goal.

Captain Michael Rose nearly put the game to bed for the Shrimps in the 89th minute with a brilliant long-range effort forcing Day into a brilliant diving save to his left.

Despite there being four minutes of added time, Newport didn’t really threaten the Morecambe back-line and the Shrimps took home a deserved three points.

Morecambe now move to 16th and face Stevenage away from home next week whilst the visitors drop to 9th and face Grimsby Town at home next Saturday.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Brough, Kenyon (c) (Fleming 84), Osbourne (Rose 59), Thompson, Wildig (Campbell 76), Ellison, McGurk.

Booked: McGurk, McGowan.

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Lavelle, Lang.

Newport County: Day, Pipe (c), Bennett (McCoulsky 83), White, Demetriou, Butler, Dolan (Rigg 45), Tozer, Owen-Evans (Reynolds 66), Amond, Nouble.

Booked: Demetriou.

Subs not used: Willmott, Quigley, Bittner, Jahraldo-Martin.

Attendance: 1,189

Shrimps win first league game with Thompson brace

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Sky Bet League 2

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).


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