Shrimps suffer narrow defeat in final pre-season game

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Morecambe 0-1 Rochdale

Davies 53

Morecambe suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Rochdale in their final game of pre-season. Steven Davies got the only goal of the game eight minutes into the second half. The Shrimps really deserved to get something out of the game, but unfortunately for them they couldn’t put their chances away.

Rochdale had a really good start to the game and they could’ve been in front just five minutes in. Mark Kitching came close for the visitors but his shot was parried away by Nizic. Niall Canavan then put in a strong header on the end of the resultant corner but it was pushed away by Morecambe’s keeper and then cleared away by Garry Thompson.

Chances were few and far between for much of the half however. There were only three real chances to report between the opening five minutes and half time. Morecambe’s Vadaine Oliver got the ball from a throw in and had a shot straight at Josh Lillis in the Rochdale goal in the 20th minute, and then Oliver Rathbone and Jamie Allen came close for the visitors. Rathbone cut inside and his effort on the edge of the D went over the bar in the 25th minute and then seven minutes later Allen picked up the loose ball and his shot went wide.

It was therefore goalless at half time.

The second half was much more interesting. Rochdale put a twist to the game as they took the lead in the 53rd minute. Oliver Rathbone put in a good ball from the left-hand side and Steven Davies was there to volley it into the top corner from close range to beat Nizic.

Rochdale really should’ve had a second goal 15 minutes later, but they failed to capitalise on a defensive error from Morecambe. Kenyon gifted the ball to a midfielder and Brough fell over, leaving them with plenty of space on the right-hand side but Davies’ effort went well wide of the goal.

Following this, Morecambe had a number of chances that they really should’ve put away. In the 69th minute Aaron Wildig picked up on the loose ball and ended up one-on-one with Lillis but he hit it straight at the keeper and it didn’t trouble him. Just moments later Turner worked really well on the left-hand side to get past Cannon and his shot was kept out by the keeper shortly before Wildig’s effort was cleared off the line.

Morecambe’s newly appointed captain Michael Rose had an ambitious attempt at goal five minutes later after Oliver held up the ball well for him, but his left-footed shot went well wide of the goal.

One of Rochdale’s only chances of the half came in the 82nd minute when substitute Calvin Andrew attempted a diving header on the end of Reece Brown’s free kick. Andrew did connect with the ball but his effort went wide of the mark.

Morecambe continued to pile on the pressure shortly before the death. Adam Campbell linked up really well with Garry Thompson, playing the veteran through. Thompson’s effort beat the keeper but went on to hit the post in the 87th minute.

In the last minute of added time Rhys Turner came close to scoring once again. He beat Joe Rafferty on the left-hand side but unfortunately for him his shot went wide of the mark.

In a game in which Morecambe had plenty of chances and did enough to get at least a draw, Rochdale won the game 1-0. Morecambe’s first league encounter is at home to Cheltenham Town next Saturday at 3pm.

Morecambe: Nizic, McGowan (Lund 72), Kenyon, Winnard (Trialist 61), Brough, Rose (c), Fleming (Conlan 78), Thompson, Wildig (Campbell 78), Ellison (Turner 61), Oliver.

Sub not used: Jumeau (GK)

Rochdale: Lillis, Cannon (Brown 72), Keane (Rafferty 72), Canavan, McNulty, Ntlhe, Allen (Adshead 63), Camps (Morley 63), Rathbone, Davies (Gillam 77), Kitching (Andrew 45).

 

 

Shrimps suffer narrow defeat despite good performance

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Morecambe 1-2 Blackburn Rovers
Turner 38          Graham 10
Bennett 31

Morecambe suffered a narrow defeat to League 1 outfit Blackburn Rovers at the Globe Arena this evening. Danny Graham took the lead for the side, whose fans travelled in their numbers, before Elliott Bennett doubled the visitors’ lead. Rhys Turner gave the Shrimps some hope with a brilliant goal seven minutes later, but unfortunately for Bentley’s side they couldn’t get the equaliser that they deserved.

It was a quiet opening to the game, and the first real chance was converted by visitors Blackburn. Bradley Dack met a good ball and forced a reflex save from the Morecambe trialist keeper before the experienced Danny Graham put away the rebound in the tenth minute.

Tony Mowbray’s side excelled following the goal, looking brilliant on the ball. Danny Graham almost had his second immediately after his first goal – bringing about a good save from the trialist keeper to his left.

Chances were few and far between in the following 20 minutes or so, but Blackburn dominated possession and played fast paced football on the ground. They doubled their lead in the 31st minute when Elliott Bennett rose above the trialist defender and headed home from close range.

Bennett almost added another goal five minutes later. A great ball was played through to him on the left-hand side and his shot was pushed out by the trialist keeper.

Morecambe got back into the game just moments later, thanks to a stunning goal from Rhys Turner. Vadaine Oliver chested the ball to him and the forward hit the ball on the volley with power to beat David Raya Martin in the Blackburn goal.

Blackburn did have one chance just before the break, but the Shrimps’ trialist goalkeeper made another impressive save. Ben Gladwin’s shot took a deflection on its way to the goal and the keeper made a good save to his left to deny the winger. The visitors led 2-1 at half time.

Jim Bentley’s side started the second half really well. Captain Michael Rose started a really good move three minutes in, playing a great ball through to Thompson who laid off Lund on the right-hand side. The ball eventually got to Turner and his shot hit the crossbar on its way over.

The visitors weren’t without their chances in the second half either. They came very close in the 55th minute when Elliott Bennett linked up well with Bradley Dack, whose volley went into the side-netting.

Two minutes later Alex Kenyon brought about an outstanding move out of nowhere. He flicked the ball over a player and hit the ball just over the bar on the volley.

Morecambe’s trialist keeper made a number of saves during the game, and his best one arguably was in the 59th minute when Dack’s powerful shot towards the top corner was kept out by an outstanding diving save by the keeper.

Ten minutes later Michael Rose kick-started a promising move for the hosts, playing a great ball to Vadaine Oliver on the right-hand side. Unfortunately Oliver’s cross didn’t quite get to Thompson in the box.

Joe Nuttall came on as a substitute for Blackburn in the 74th minute, and the forward was really effective in his short time on the pitch. The 20-year-old headed wide just four minutes after coming on, and then moments later he was one-on-one with Morecambe’s keeper only for the trialist to win the battle and prevent a goal.

Blackburn’s final chance of the game came two minutes from the death. Elliott Bennett found the ball in space and the former Blackpool winger had a shot that went just wide of the mark.

Tony Mowbray’s side won the game 2-1, but Morecambe manager Jim Bentley should be proud of his side’s efforts.

Next up for the Shrimps is National League side AFC Fylde away from home (7:30pm start).

Morecambe: Trialist 9, Lund 7 (McGowan 82), Trialist 7 (Winnard 68), Trialist 7 (Brownsword 82), Brough 7 (Conlan 82), Rose 7, Kenyon 8 (Hedley 82), Campbell 7 (Wildig 68), Turner 8 (Deakin 68), Thompson 6 (Yawson 75), Oliver 7 (Ellison 75).

Sub ratings: McGowan n/a, Winnard 7, Brownsword n/a, Conlan n/a, Hedley n/a, Wildig 7, Deakin 7, Yawson 7, Ellison 6.

Subs not used: Maher and Jordan

Blackburn Rovers: Martin 7 (Steele 63), Caddis 7, Lenihan 7, Mulgrew 7, Williams 6, Whittingham 6 (Nuttall 74), Smallwood 7 (Tomlinson 74), Bennett 8, Dack 8 (Evans 63(Hardcastle 88)), Gladwin 7 (Ward 74), Graham 7 (Feeney 63).

Sub ratings: Steele 7, Nuttall 7, Tomlinson 6, Evans 6, Hardcastle n/a, Ward 6, Feeney 6.

 

 

Shrimps overcome Lancaster with last-minute winner

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Morecambe 1-0 Lancaster City

Fleming 90

Morecambe defeated local rivals Lancaster City thanks to a last minute winner on a patchy afternoon at the Globe Arena. Andy Fleming scored the only goal of the game for the Shrimps heading home from close-range to seal what was a deserved win.

The game started in a quick manner with both sides looking to play good football. Morecambe were the only side to really come close however in the first half, and they did this on more than one occasion.

20 minutes into the game Morecambe winger Steven Yawson found himself in plenty of space on the left-hand side and his powerful attempt at goal was well saved by Lancaster keeper Chris Cheetham.

Ten minutes later Shrimps veteran forward Kevin Ellison ended up one-on-one with Cheetham, and the visiting keeper impressed yet again – keeping his side in the game with his right leg.

Garry Thompson nearly had his second goal of pre-season shortly before the break but his header on the end of a cross went just wide of the mark. It was therefore goalless at the interval.

Morecambe were straight out of the traps in the second half, and had a whole series of chances – demonstrating their clear dominance. One clear chance came when Alex Kenyon headed over from a corner against his former club four minutes into the second half.

New Shrimps full back Mitchell Lund, who is on loan from Doncaster Rovers, started some good play ten minutes later playing a good ball through to Garry Thompson – who turned and shot straight at the Lancaster keeper.

Lancaster had one of their only chances of the game just moments later. Full back Gavin Clark took the ball from Steven Yawson and resorted to an ambitious shot from long range, which went wide of the goal and didn’t trouble Niall Maher in the Morecambe goal.

Michael Rose and Adam Campbell both came close for the Shrimps shortly after in the 60th and 61st minute respectively. Garry Thompson started a good move for the home side, with a great run on the right-hand side but unfortunately Rose couldn’t come up with the end product – shooting over the bar. Campbell then got the ball in space and looked very comfortable on the ball, but his shot from long range went just wide of the goal.

New signing from York City Vadaine Oliver came off the bench for the home side and had a few chances, but wasn’t much of a threat to Lancaster. He showed good strength, but his finishing wasn’t good enough. The 25-year-old headed over the bar from a cross in the 72nd minute before shooting straight at the keeper three minutes later.

Young midfielder Ben Hedley, who was another Morecambe man to come off the bench, found himself on the end of a corner in the 78th minute and his powerful shot went just over the bar.

Morecambe created plenty of chances in the second half, but it looked like they were never going to score. Reece Deakin worked well on the left-hand side and gifted the ball to Campbell in the 86th minute but his shot was pushed away by Lancaster’s sub keeper.

Jim Bentley’s side got what they deserved four minutes later, when they got a winner through Andy Fleming. Luke Jordan worked well on the right-hand side and put in a great ball that was met by the head of Fleming and beat the keeper.

Therefore Morecambe won the first Bay Trophy match between the two sides, and it is hoped the game between the two sides will become a regular feature of future pre-season schedules.

Morecambe face Preston North End next on Tuesday evening at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe: Maher, Lund (McGowan 63), Trialist (Trialist 63), Kenyon (c), Brough (Conlan 63), Rose (Hedley 63), Fleming, Yawson (Jordan 63), Campbell, Ellison (Deakin 63), Thompson (Oliver 63).

Lancaster City: Cheetham, Henry, Clark, S Bailey, Westwood, Mercer, Howarth, Carney, Tam (C Bailey),Winder, Harries.

Subs used: Sub keeper, Hoyle, Hudson, C Bailey, Shearwood, Creech, Woods, Wood.

 

 

Wycombe retain play-off hopes with last-ditch Akinfenwa equaliser

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Morecambe 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Ellison 81           Akinfenwa 89

Morecambe and Wycombe Wanderers shared the points in the last game of the season at the Globe Arena yesterday. Kevin Ellison capped off a brilliant Morecambe move to take the lead in the 81st minute, before Adebayo Akinfenwa equalised for the away side in the latter stages of the game thanks to some poor defending from the Shrimps.

Both sides had a relatively good start to the game, and it was Wycombe who had the first real chance. Former Morecambe forward Garry Thompson found the ball in space in the eighth minute, but his shot went wide of the mark.

Three minutes later, the home side really should’ve gone in front. Michael Rose made a great run forward and he had a spectacular long-range shot saved by Jamal Blackman to his left.

Morecambe later had a series of chances, with Aaron McGowan making a beaming run to get on the end of Molyneux’s ball only for his shot to be blocked in the 19th minute. Moments later, Paul Mullin came close for the hosts – cutting through the defence and having his shot tipped over by the visiting keeper.

Wycombe’s best chance of the first half came in the 23rd minute when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed just wide on the end of a good cross.

Morecambe dominated chances however in the first half, with Ellison forcing a good reflex save from Blackman in the 27th minute.

The away side did have two quick chances in succession shortly before half time with Garry Thompson’s shot going just over in the 34th minute and then Sam Saunders’ powerful long-range three minutes later shot went just over the bar.

It was the home side who had the final chance of the half, with Aaron McGowan making a commanding run on the right-hand side only for his shot to go straight at the keeper. It was goalless at the interval.

Wycombe had the first chance of the second half, with Paul Hayes making a good run before playing the ball through to Luke O’Nien, whose shot went just wide of the goal.

Fifteen minutes later Kevin Ellison came very close to taking the lead for the hosts, with his header being blocked by Harriman following a pinpoint cross from Aaron McGowan.

Wycombe’s best chance of the game without scoring came in the 75th minute when Sam Saunders’ free kick was blocked by the wall shortly before substitute Paris Cowan-Hall headed onto the crossbar.

It was Morecambe who came up with the first goal of the game six minutes later, through Kevin Ellison. It was a good team goal which started with a good run from young debutant Steve Yawson, before Michael Rose played a good ball to McGowan whose cross met Ellison and the veteran had good footwork to turn and curl the ball round the keeper to score his ninth goal of the season.

The host’s lead nearly only lasted three minutes however, as Adebayo Akinfenwa found himself in acres of space but his shot was pushed away by Nizic to his right.

The away side were pushing for an equaliser, and Luke O’Nien headed into the hands of Nizic in the 88th minute. Just moments later the away side did equalise as a result of some poor defending. The Shrimps’ defence failed to clear their lines, and as a result Akinfenwa was able to slot the ball past Nizic to score his 18th goal of the season for Wycombe.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side then looked like they could’ve taken all three points near the end, as they pushed for a winner. A second goal, would’ve taken them into the play-off places. In the last minute of normal time, substitute Myles Weston put in a good ball through to Akinfenwa but the powerhouse’s header went just wide of the mark.

Wycombe’s very tall keeper Jamal Blackman came up for a corner in the fourth minute of added time, but the corner didn’t really come to anything as the Shrimps managed to defend it well. The last kick of the game, came when in the sixth minute of added time Myles Weston’s powerful attempt went over the bar.

The result means that Morecambe remain in 18th ahead of their final game of the season away to Luton Town next week, whilst Wycombe sit in 11th needing a win against Cambridge United next week to give them any chance of making the play-offs.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, Edwards 7, Whitmore 7, Winnard 7, McGowan 8 (Wakefield 84), Kenyon 8, Murphy 7 (c) (Fleming 56), Rose 7, Molyneux 7, Ellison 7, Mullin 7 (Yawson 77).

Booked: McGowan and Ellison

Sub ratings: Fleming 7, Yawson 7, Wakefield n/a

Subs not used: Roche, Conlan, Wildig, Evans

Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman 8, Harriman 7, Jombati 6, Pierre 7 (c), Jacobson 7 (Stewart 68), Bean 6, O’Nien 6, Saunders 8, Thompson 7 (Weston 82), Akinfenwa 7, Hayes (c) 6 (Cowan-Hall 63).

Booked: Pierre and Jacobson

Sub ratings: Stewart 7, Weston 7, Cowan-Hall 6,

Subs not used: Richardson, Bloomfield, Southwell, Gape,

Attendance: 1,742

 

 

Shrimps snatch late equaliser to dent Colchester’s play-off hopes

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Morecambe 1-1 Colchester United

Rose 88 pen        Brindley 22

Morecambe snatched a late equaliser against Colchester United today to essentially book their spot in League 2 next season. Richard Brindley scored an excellent free kick for Colchester in the first half, before Michael Rose’s late penalty cancelled the goal out to ensure the sides shared the points.

Colchester had a good start to the game, and came close just two minutes in with Tarique Fosu’s shot being blocked by Alex Kenyon and out for a corner.

Morecambe’s first chance came soon after however, with Paul Mullin’s long range effort not troubling keeper Sam Walker in the fourth minute – going straight into his hands.

Three minutes later, Aaron Wildig came close for the home side – cutting through the defence and having a shot saved by Walker to his left.

Paul Mullin then came close on two occasions, the first attempt going just over in the ninth minute before his long range effort went just wide in the eleventh minute.

The Shrimps then thought they’d taken the lead in the fifteenth minute, but Kevin Ellison’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Bentley’s side then came close five minutes later again through Paul Mullin. Alex Kenyon played a good ball through to Mullin from the left-hand side, and the striker’s shot was tipped over the bar by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

Despite Morecambe’s domination of proceedings early in the first half, it was Colchester who were first to score. The Essex side got themselves a free kick on the edge of the box after Alex Whitmore’s foul, and full back Richard Brindley made it look easy – curling it over the wall and beating Nizic to the left in the 22nd minute.

Chances were few and far between following the goal, with Colchester settling into the game. There was however a chance just before half time, with another free kick from Richard Brindley – but this time it went straight into the hands of Nizic so the away side led 1-0 at the break.

Four minutes into the second half, Morecambe full back Michael Duckworth had a shot blocked and similarly Colchester had a chance like this a minute later as Drey Wright’s shot was blocked by Winnard – the difference being it went out for a corner.

The Shrimps came close again ten minutes later, with some good build up play. They didn’t have the finishing product however, as Antony Evans’ shot went over the bar when the ball fell to him.

Colchester came close in the 62nd minute when Tom Eastman’s volley on the end of a corner went over the bar.

The away side came close again in the 70th minute when Danijel Nizic dropped the ball when trying to catch it from the corner and Tarique Fosu’s shot in response went over the bar.

Three minutes later Morecambe came close when substitute Antony Evans nodded on from a good ball to Kenyon – whose shot went just wide.

It was heartbreak for Colchester shortly before the death as they gave away a penalty – substitute Tommy O’Sullivan bringing down Antony Evans in the box. Michael Rose stepped up to take the spot kick, and it was taken coolly – placing it into the bottom right corner to equalise for the Shrimps in the 88th minute.

The equaliser spurred the home crowd on, and Bentley’s side almost got a winner in added time but Mullin’s free kick went over the bar.

The result means that the Shrimps remain in 17th ahead of their trip to Exeter City on Saturday, and Colchester move down a place to 10th ahead of their next game at home to Plymouth Argyle.

Morecambe: Nizic 6, Duckworth 7, Winnard 6 (c), Whitmore 7, Kenyon 7 (Murphy 83), McGowan 7, Rose 7, Fleming 7, Wildig 6 (Evans 45), Ellison 5 (Turner 79), Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Evans 8, Turner 7, Murphy 7.

Booked: Whitmore and Winnard

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Molyneux, Conlan.

Colchester United: Walker 7, Eastman 7, James 7, Elokobi 7, Brindley 8, Loft 6 (Wynter 76), Murray 6, Dickenson 7, Dr Wright 7 (Pyke 90), Fosu-Henry 6 (O’Sullivan 83), Porter 7.

Sub ratings: Wynter 7, O’Sullivan 6, Pyke n/a

Booked: Loft and Fosu-Henry

Subs not used: Briggs, Brill (GK), Kinsella, Di Wright.

Attendance: 1,447 (275 away)

 

Shrimps and Pools share points in game of two halves

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Morecambe 1-1 Hartlepool United

Mullin 59           Amond 39

Struggling League 2 sides Morecambe and Hartlepool United shared the points on a stunning day at the Globe Arena today. Former Shrimp Padraig Amond opened the scoring for the away side towards the end of the first half after the ball was put on a plate for him, whilst in the second half Paul Mullin equalised for the home side with a header from close range.

It was a fairly slow start to the game, but Hartlepool had the better of the early stages – with much of possession and chances.  Their first chance came nine minutes in when Nicky Featherstone hit the ball over after some good pressure from the away side.

Five minutes later, Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Walker took the free kick, and it was blocked by the Morecambe wall before Nathan Thomas’ follow up shot was caught by Danijel Nizic on his line.

In the 19th minute the away side came close again with Scott Harrison’s volley going just wide of the mark.

Pools later had a series of chances through Rhys Oates. The 22 year old headed just over on the end of a corner in the 29th minute, before finding himself in space three minutes later only for his shot to not really trouble Nizic.

The away side got themselves in front shortly before half time. They passed their way round the Shrimps’ defence with ease before ex-Shrimps player Lewis Alessandra played a great ball through to a fellow former Shrimp Padraig Amond – who finished coolly past Nizic from close range in the 39th minute.

Morecambe’s first real chances of the game came on the brink of half time. Kevin Ellison headed just over from a corner in the 44th minute, before Paul Mullin came very close in stoppage time – cutting in from the right and forcing a save from Joe Fryer to his left. The away side led 1-0 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hartlepool came close to doubling their lead through Padraig Amond, but his shot was blocked by Ryan Edwards.

Morecambe managed to get back into the game just three minutes later however through Paul Mullin. The move started with a great ball from Kevin Ellison on the left, before Ryan Edwards’ shot was cleared off the line and then Paul Mullin won the battle with the keeper for the ball – heading home from two yards out.

The home side then kicked on from thereafter and came close in the 67th minute when Kevin Ellison’s shot was saved by Fryers to his right shortly before Fleming headed straight into the hands of the Middlesbrough loanee.

Ten minutes later Ellison came close again, with the ball falling to him unmarked after a throw in. The veteran forward could only despatch the ball well over the bar.

The Shrimps came remarkably close to scoring in the 80th minute. Lee Molyneux made a quick run to get the ball from the throw-in and he played a good ball through to fellow substitute Aaron Wildig – whose shot brought about a potentially season-saving block from Hartlepool defender Scott Harrison.

Hartlepool had a good spell towards the end of the game. In the 82nd minute, Michael Woods cut through the defence only for his shot to go wide and then in the 85th minute Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Padraig Amond’s free kick was blocked by the Morecambe wall, and then Scott Harrison’s follow up shot went over the bar.

Morecambe’s last chance came in the first minute of added time when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of a good ball from Andy Fleming.

Whilst it could be argued that Morecambe did enough to win the game following their second-half performance, it was Hartlepool who very nearly won the game at the end. Nathan Thomas made a great run, and his shot was blocked brilliantly by Ryan Edwards to ensure the game finished 1-1.

The result means that Morecambe move to 19th, eight points above the drop zone, whilst Hartlepool remain in 22nd – just three points above the drop zone following Newport’s 1-0 victory at Exeter City.

Up next for the Shrimps is Stevenage away from home on Good Friday, whilst Hartlepool United are up against Carlisle United at home in what will be a big game for both sides.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, McGowan 7, Whitmore 6, Edwards 7, Duckworth 6, Rose 6, Fleming 8, Turner 6 (Molyneux 66), Evans 6 (Wildig 66), Ellison 7, Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Molyneux 7, Wildig 6.

Booked: Mullin

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Jordan, Murphy, Winnard.

Hartlepool United: Fryer 7, Richardson 6, Harrison 7, Walker 6, Donnelly 6, Alessandra 6 (Rodney 81), Woods 6, Featherstone 7, Thomas 6, Oates 7 (Deverdics 90+4), Amond 7.

Sub ratings: Rodney 6, Deverdics n/a

Subs not used: Magnay, Bates, Hawkins, Rooney, Dudzinski (GK).

Attendance: 1,548 (436 away)

 

Shrimps slump to defeat against play-off hopefuls Mansfield

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Morecambe 1-3 Mansfield Town

Mullin 6              D Rose 4,33

Whiteman 39

Morecambe slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat, ensuring they didn’t pick up any points in March, with a 3-1 loss against Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena yesterday.

Mansfield started the game very well, and were straight out of the traps. Matt Green headed just over the bar on the end of a good cross three minutes in, shortly before Danny Rose put the Stags in front. The away side caught the Shrimps defence half-asleep, with a quick throw-in making its way towards the former Bury frontman – who buried the ball from close range with ease.

The away side’s lead only lasted two minutes however, as Paul Mullin equalised for the home side. Roche played a good long ball towards Mullin, who only had the last man to beat. He beat the defender, and slotted the ball past Mansfield keeper Kean.

Morecambe grew into the game gradually, and Aaron Wildig came close in the eighth minute with his shot deflecting off a defender and going out for a corner. Michael Rose then had a good attempt at goal with his curved shot going just over the bar in the 14th minute for the home side.

Mansfield later had a few chances, exposing Morecambe’s weak defence. Shaquile Coulthirst cut through the defence with ease from the left-hand side, shooting straight at Roche in the 17th minute and then five minutes later Alex MacDonald’s goal-bound free kick deflected off Matt Green and went wide.

Roughly ten minutes later, the away side were back in front. Roche played out a poor goal-kick along the floor to Michael Rose, who didn’t take full control of the ball, and as a result Danny Rose was able to capitalise on this for the away side with a good run and a shot beating Roche to his left despite the keeper getting a touch to the ball on its way in.

Morecambe came close five minutes later, after a good ball to Turner. He made a run before giving the ball to Fleming, who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Just moments later, Mansfield went up the other end and got a third goal. Peterborough loanee Shaquile Coulthirst was on the receiving end of a good ball, and he was able to play it to Benjamin Whiteman – who buried the ball pass Roche to extend the Stags’ lead. Steve Evans’ side led 3-1 at half time.

Morecambe began the second half with great attacking intent. Aaron Wildig found himself through on goal, forcing Kean to make a good diving save to his left just fifteen seconds in.

Five minutes later however, Mansfield came close to getting a fourth goal. Danny Rose got through on goal as Luke Conlan fell, but luckily for the home side Dean Winnard managed to track back and diminish the threat that Rose posed, meaning that he could only shoot straight at Roche in the end. Shaquile Coulthirst later came close for the away side on 54 minutes, with his shot parried away by Roche.

There was action at both ends, with Paul Mullin finding an opening for the Shrimps two minutes later. The striker found himself in a good position to shoot, but his effort with his weaker foot went well wide of the mark.

Morecambe were forced to defend again, with Whiteman’s shot being blocked by Winnard. Whitmore’s clearance came off Coulthirst and luckily for the Burnley loanee the ball went over in the 61st minute.

There was little action for much of the rest of the second half, but Coulthirst’s shot went just wide in the 87th minute.

Substitute Luke Jordan had a late attempt on goal blocked by the defence for Morecambe a minute from time.

It was yet another poor day at the office for the Shrimps, and as a result they now sit in 19th place in the League 2 table. They face Cheltenham Town away from home next week. Mansfield on the other hand remain in ninth position, and are now just a point off the play-offs. They face Exeter City at home in their next game.

Morecambe: Roche 5, Duckworth 6, Winnard 5 (c), Whitmore 6, Conlan 6 (Molyneux 75), Rose 5, Fleming 7 (Evans 68), Turner 6 (Jordan 65), Wildig 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Sub ratings: Evans 6, Jordan 6, Molyneux 6

Booked: Duckworth and Winnard

Subs not used: Wakefield, McGowan, Murphy, Maher (GK).

Mansfield Town: Kean 7, White 6, Bennett 7, Howkins 6, Benning 7, MacDonald 7 (Potter 86), Byrom 7, Whiteman 7, Green 6 (Baxendale 80), Coulthirst 6, Rose 8 (Arquin 76).

Sub ratings: Arquin 7, Baxendale n/a, Potter n/a

Booked: Benning and Rose.

Subs not used: Taft, Jensen (GK), Hamilton, McGuire.

Attendance: 1,497