Shrimps slump to Oldham defeat

Oldham at home

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-2 Oldham Athletic

Mendes Gomes 47 Azankpo 30 Sylla 75

Morecambe slumped to their 13th league defeat of the season as Oldham did the double over the Shrimps at the Globe Arena today.

Desire Segbe Azankpo put the visitors in front midway through the first half, before Carlos Mendes Gomes equalised for the hosts two minutes into the second half.

Mohamed Sylla later got the winner to secure all three points for the Latics.

Morecambe started the game fairly dominant and their first real chance came in the 24th minute when Luke Conlan’s free kick hit the crossbar on its way over.

However six minutes later, against the run of play, Oldham took the lead when Filipe Morais’ shot was parried by Morecambe ‘keeper Mark Halstead and Azankpo put away the rebound.

Almost immediately after the break, the Shrimps equalised when A-Jay Leitch-Smith played a good ball through to Mendes Gomes who buried the ball in the bottom-left corner to score his first ever goal as a professional.

Oldham came very close to going back in front in the 60th minute but Morecambe captain Alex Kenyon stopped Azankpo in his tracks, taking the ball over the bar and out for a corner.

The Latics came even closer ten minutes later when substitute Scott Wilson made it past Steven Old, who slipped, and he hit the post.

In the 75th minute, Oldham got their winner when Halstead punched the ball away from a cross but the Shrimps defence never properly got rid of the ball and it enabled Sylla to net from close range.

The visitors nearly made it 3-1 in the 80th minute when Jonny Smith curled the ball onto the bar from the right.

Morecambe only really threatened towards the end in the 87th minute when substitute Shaun Miller could only slice the ball wide on the end of a good ball from the right.

Up next for the Shrimps is Cambridge United away on Sunday.

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Old, Kenyon (capt), Conlan, Brewitt (Sutton 85), O’Sullivan, Mendes Gomes (Miller 81), Leitch-Smith, Ellison, Stockton.

Subs not used: Da Silva Mendes (GK), Alessandra, Wildig, Brownsword, Cranston.

Oldham Athletic: de la Paz, Mills, Hamer, Wheater (capt), Iacovitti, Smith, McCann, Sylla, Azankpo (Egert 88), Morais (Wilson 69), Maouche (Eagles 80).

Booked: McCann

Subs not used: Woods, Fage, Akpa Akpro, Emmerson.

Attendance: 2,797

Morecambe come from behind to beat Newport as Adams picks up first league win as manager

Newport at home

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-1 Newport County

Stockton 68       Labadie 14

O’Sullivan 80

Derek Adams got his first league win as Morecambe manager as his side came from behind to beat Newport County at the Globe Arena today.

Joss Labadie put the visitors in front early in the first half before goals from Cole Stockton and John O’Sullivan sealed the win for the Shrimps in the second half.

Newport started the game well and came very close inside the first 30 seconds as Jamille Matt headed wide on the end of Padraig Amond’s cross.

13 minutes later, the visitors took the lead in controversial fashion when Labadie’s strike went in off the crossbar according to the referee.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, and the Shrimps came flying out the blocks in the second half.

Morecambe’s A-Jay Leitch-Smith had a header saved in the 48th minute shortly before Taylor Maloney had a shot well blocked and his rebound went wide for the visitors in the 55th minute.

Newport ‘keeper Nick Townsend made two great saves shortly afterwards from Carlos Mendes Gomes and Leitch-Smith.

Derek Adams’ side soon got their well-deserved equaliser in the 68th minute when Leitch-Smith put the ball through a defender’s legs and Stockton turned and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner.

11 minutes later, Mendes Gomes and Leitch-Smith linked up well before the latter crossed the ball towards Kevin Ellison and he slid the ball wide.

In the 81st minute, Morecambe got a winner with an outstanding team goal on the counter-attack.

Leitch-Smith made a great run from inside his side’s own box and gave it to Ellison whose one-touch pass set up O’Sullivan who slot the ball in the bottom-right corner to send the home fans wild.

The Shrimps held on for the win, and the result means they move out of the relegation zone up to 23rd in the League 2 table.

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Old, Kenyon (capt), Conlan, O’Sullivan, Brewitt, Mendes Gomes (Cranston 90+1), Wildig (Ellison 45), Alessandra (Stockton 45), Leitch-Smith.

Booked: O’Sullivan

Subs not used: Da Silva Mendes, Brownsword, Miller, Buxton.

Newport County: Townsend, McNamara, O’Brien (Inniss 71), Demetriou, Haynes, Sheehan, Maloney (Bennett 67), Nurse (Abrahams 71), Labadie, Matt, Amond.

Booked: McNamara

Subs not used: King, Dolan, Collins, Poleon.

Attendance: 2,161


Morecambe substitutes make intended impact in 2-2 draw with Northampton

Morecambe v Northampton

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-2 Northampton Town

Buxton 72          Turnbull 21,37

Ellison 90+3

Second half goals from two Morecambe substitutes ensured the Shrimps picked up their first point in three weeks after a 2-2 draw with Northampton Town at the Globe Arena.

Following Jordan Turnbull’s first half brace for the visitors, Adam Buxton and Kevin Ellison netted for the Shrimps.

Morecambe made four changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Oldham Athletic last Saturday while Northampton were unchanged.

Jim Bentley’s side had the first real chance of the game on the counter attack, as ‘keeper Barry Roche threw the ball to Shaun Miller on the right and he played through A-Jay Leitch-Smith whose shot was saved by David Cornell in the fourth minute.

17 minutes later, Northampton were in front however when Turnbull headed home at the far post on the end of a corner.

Turnbull added a second in the 37th minute when his long range shot took a deflection off Steve Old on its way in.

Northampton very nearly made it three on the brink of half time when Andy Williams’ header hit the crossbar following Nicky Adams’ cross.

In the 61st minute, the visitors came close again when Adams hit the crossbar from long range.

However, ten minutes later – after a lengthy stoppage due to an injury to a linesman – Morecambe got a goal back when Buxton’s long range strike beat Cornell to the left.

The hosts came incredibly close to equalising in the 82nd minute when Leitch-Smith’s effort went just wide after Aaron Wildig’s effort was blocked.

Jim Bentley’s side’s hard work finally paid off in the third minute of added time when they equalised through Ellison.

George Tanner’s cross appeared to be handled just outside the box by a Northampton defender shortly before Leitch-Smith capitalised on the lapse in concentration from the defence and squared the ball to Ellison who smashed it into the bottom-right corner sending the home fans wild.

There was still seven minutes left to play however due to the lengthy stoppage earlier in the half, and Northampton nearly had a winner in the sixth minute of added time when Reece Hall-Johnson slid the ball wide on the end of Sam Hoskins’ cross.

The result means Morecambe remain in 22nd while Northampton drop to 13th.

Morecambe: Roche, Tanner, Old, Lavelle, Conlan (Buxton 53), O’Sullivan (Ellison 87), Tutte, Kenyon (Wildig 70), Alessandra, Miller, Leitch-Smith.

Booked: Tanner and Ellison

Subs not used: Halstead (GK), Bakare, Brewitt, Cranston.

Northampton Town: Cornell, Harriman (Smith 45), Goode, Wharton, Martin, Turnbull, Hoskins, Lines, McWilliams (Warburton 79), Adams, Williams (Hall-Johnson 64).

Booked: Goode, Turnbull and Hoskins.

Subs not used: Pollock, Oliver, Roberts, Fisher.

Attendance: 2,245



Morecambe and Salford share points in gut-wrenching game

Salford at home

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-2 Salford City

Miller 48 Lloyd 15,66

Alessandra 50

Morecambe and Salford City shared the points in an exciting 2-2 draw at the Globe Arena today.

Danny Lloyd opened the scoring early in the first half for the visitors, before goals from Shaun Miller and Lewis Alessandra early in the second half put the Shrimps in front.

However, Lloyd got his second of the game 15 minutes later to secure a point.

Jim Bentley named an unchanged line-up from the team that lost 3-1 to Swindon Town last week, while Graham Alexander made four changes.

Both teams started the game reasonably well and the first chance fell to Salford when Lloyd shot straight at Barry Roche in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later, Morecambe had their first chance of the game when George Tanner’s long range effort was pushed over.

Salford then took the lead in the 15th minute when Richie Towell’s shot deflected off Lloyd on its way in.

15 minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after a Ritchie Sutton hand ball in the box, and Lloyd stepped up but hit the bar on its way over.

On the brink of half time, Alexander’s side came close when Emmanuel Dieseruvwe volleyed the ball towards Adam Rooney who close range shot was saved by Roche.

Morecambe made an excellent start to the second half scoring two goals in the first five minutes.

The first came from a good ball from Aaron Wildig through to Miller who beat his man and buried the ball in the bottom right corner.

The second came when Miller played a good ball through to Alessandra who attempted to lob the ‘keeper but he kept it out, and then he slid the ball past the keeper at the rebound.

Salford equalised in the 66th minute when Roche fumbled a free kick from Lloyd and it beat him in the top left corner.

The visitors had their second penalty of the day two minutes from time when substitute Adam Buxton brought a player down in the box, and Towell stepped up and the penalty was saved by Roche to the left.

The final chance of the game fell to Salford substitute Devante Rodney who was through on goal and his shot was saved by the legs of Roche.

Up next for the Shrimps is Scunthorpe United away from home next week, while Salford face Cheltenham at home.

Morecambe: Roche (capt), Tanner, Sutton, Lavelle, Old, Conlan (Buxton 72), Wildig (Cranston 81), Tutte, O’Sullivan, Miller, Alessandra (Ellison 84).

Booked: Conlan

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

Salford City: Letheren, Wiseman, Baldwin, Piergianni, D Jones, Maynard, Towell (Hughes 89), Jervis, Dieseruvwe (J Jones 76), Lloyd, Rooney (Rodney 76).

Subs not used: Burgess, Beesley, McFarlane.

Attendance: 2,778

Shrimps and Robins share points in dismal goalless draw

Morecambe v Cheltenham

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-0 Cheltenham Town 

Morecambe and Cheltenham Town shared the points in a dismal goalless draw at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Cheltenham were the better side for the most part in the first half, and their first chance came five minutes in when Luke Varney’s free header was saved comfortably by Barry Roche.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, until the verge of half time when Gavin Reilly’s effort went wide after a poorly defended long throw by the Shrimps.

Moments later Morecambe had a chance at the other end when after good play on the right, Lewis Alessandra hit the crossbar.

In the 72nd minute, the Shrimps came close again when John O’Sullivan put in a good ball, which Cole Stockton got on the end of with a half volley that went just over.

15 minutes later, Cheltenham’s Conor Thomas hit the top netting after Roche punched the ball away directly to him.

The last chance of the game came in the fifth minute of added time when Andrew Tutte’s long range effort was caught by Cheltenham ‘keeper Scott Flinders.

Morecambe: Roche, Buxton, Old, Lavelle, Tanner (Cranston 64), O’Sullivan, Kenyon (Sutton 70), Tutte, Ellison (Miller 64), Alessandra, Stockton.

Booked: Roche

Subs not used: Halstead, Brewitt, Oates, Brownsword

Cheltenham Town: Flinders, Long, Raglan, Tozer, Greaves, Broom, Sheaf (Thomas 56), Doyle-Hayes, Debayo, Varney, Reilly (Lloyd 65).

Booked: Long

Subs not used: Bowry, Campbell, Brennan, Lovett, Chamberlain.

Attendance: 1,692

Morecambe thump Cheltenham in style

Morecambe 4-0 Cheltenham
Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 4-0 Cheltenham
Oliver 49
Ellison 53
Lavelle 81
Collins 85

Morecambe thumped Cheltenham to get a big win on Easter Monday in League 2 at the Globe Arena.

Goals from Vadaine Oliver, Kevin Ellison, Sam Lavelle and Aaron Collins separated the two sides.

Both sides came into the game having already secured their Football League status for another season.

Morecambe started the game well and their first chance came in the 11th minute when Collins squared the ball to Aaron Wildig who fired over the bar.

Seven minutes later, the Shrimps came close again when Oliver headed wide on the end of Piero Mingoia’s cross.

In the 21st minute, Morecambe got a penalty when Oliver was brought down in the box. Collins stepped up and his penalty was saved by the legs of keeper Scott Flinders to the right.

20 minutes later, Ellison had a header cleared off the line following Collins’ cross.

The hosts were straight out of the blocks in the second half as four minutes in they took the lead when Collins played a good ball through to Oliver who beat the keeper one-on-one to the right.

Four minutes later, Morecambe doubled their lead when Ellison headed home on the end of a corner with a deflection on its way in.

In the 71st minute, Cheltenham had a rare chance when Luke Varney headed just wide from a corner.

Two minutes later, the Shrimps nearly made it three when Andy Fleming played a fantastic long ball towards Collins who attempted to lob the keeper but Flinders got his hand to it and it went just wide.

Morecambe got a third in the 81st minute when Lavelle headed home from a corner at the far post.

Three minutes later, Cheltenham’s Varney headed wide on the end of a good cross from Ryan Broom.

Morecambe put the game to bed moments later when Collins latched onto a good ball through to him and curled it round the keeper.

The result sees the Shrimps move up to 18th on 50 points.

Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Mingoia (Mendes Gomes 72), Fleming, Wildig, Ellison (Cranston 86), Oliver (Mandeville 67), Collins.

Subs not used: Halstead, Kenyon, Sutton, Hedley.

Cheltenham Town: Flinders, Raglan, Tozer, Bower (Boyle 61), Broom, Thomas, Tillson, Pring, Lloyd (Clements 61), Waters (Bingham 61), Varney.

Booked: Thomas and Bingham

Subs not used: Addai, Lovett, Forster

Attendance: 3,066

Morecambe and Grimsby share points in dull encounter

Morecambe v Grimsby

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Grimsby Town

Collins 80 pen  Vernam 88

Morecambe and Grimsby Town shared the points in a dull encounter in League 2 at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Aaron Collins took the lead from the spot ten minutes from time before Charles Vernam equalised for Grimsby eight minutes later.

Morecambe came into the game knowing a win could see them overtake Grimsby in the League 2 table on goal difference and further cement their place in League 2 for next season.

It was a quiet start to the game, and it wasn’t until the 15th minute when either side came close. The Shrimps had the first chance when Kevin Ellison fired over on the end of Piero Mingoia’s cross on the right.

Four minutes later, Grimsby came close when Vernam’s header on the end of a great cross was pushed wide by keeper Barry Roche.

In the 21st minute, Harry Cardwell headed just wide on the end of Joe Grayson’s initial shot for the visitors.

Two minutes later, Grimsby came close again when Grayson’s long range effort was saved by the legs of Roche.

In the 32nd minute, Vernam’s shot on the edge of the box was parried wide by Roche.

Chances were few and far between for much of the rest of the game, and it wasn’t until the 80th minute when any action occurred.

Morecambe were awarded a penalty when Collins was brought down in the box by keeper James McKeown. Collins made no mistake and buried the ball down the bottom left to put the Shrimps in front.

Eight minutes later, Grimsby equalised when Vernam slotted home on the end of a good ball in from the right.

The result means Morecambe sit in 19th while Grimsby are in 17th.

Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Lavelle, Old, Conlan, Mingoia (Cranston 79), Wildig, Fleming, Ellison (Collins 67), Mandeville, Bennett (Oliver 63).

Subs not used: Kenyon, Sutton, Halstead (GK) and Brownsword.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Hendrie, Davis, Collins, Ring (Whitmore 83), Vernam, Hessenthaler, Woolford (Hall-Johnson 83), Grayson, Dennis, Cardwell (Clifton 76).

Subs not used: Russell, Buckley, Burrell, Pollock.

Attendance: 1,897

Shrimps earn comprehensive win over play-off hopefuls Forest Green

Morecambe v Forest Green

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 3-0 Forest Green Rovers

Oates 6

Collins 35

Kenyon 71

Morecambe picked up their first home win of 2019 with a comfortable victory over Forest Green Rovers.

Goals from Rhys Oates, Aaron Collins and captain Alex Kenyon separated the two sides.

The Shrimps came into the game without a win in their last two while Forest Green had won just once in their last five games despite sitting in seventh just inside the play-offs.

Jim Bentley’s side made the dream start to the game just six minutes in when Aaron Wildig played through Collins who, one-on-one with the keeper, gave it to Oates on the left who put the ball away from close range at the far post to put the Shrimps in front.

Their lead nearly lasted just two minutes however as Shawn McCoulsky’s effort was cleared off the line by Ritchie Sutton.

In the 18th minute Collins cut in on the right for the Shrimps and his effort went just wide shortly before Oates’ shot was just held by the keeper.

Morecambe doubled their lead 17 minutes later when Forest Green failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Collins who beat two defenders and buried his effort past the keeper in the bottom left corner.

Chances were few and far between after that until in the 66th minute when Carl Winchester’s shot for the visitors just inside the box was pushed wide by Mark Halstead.

Five minutes later, the Shrimps made it three when Oates won the ball on the left and squared it to Kenyon who put the ball away into an open net.

In the 75th minute, Kenyon nearly scored his second of the game when his long range effort brought an impressive diving save from keeper Lewis Ward.

The result puts Morecambe up to 20th, eight points above the drop zone while Forest Green drop to ninth – two points outside the play-offs.

Morecambe: Halstead, Mills, Old, Sutton, Conlan, Mingoia, Kenyon, Wildig (McKay 75), Oates (Mandeville 88), Collins, Bennett (Ellison 69).

Subs not used: Roche, Dalby, Mendes Gomes, Hedley.

Forest Green Rovers: Ward, Mills, Godwin-Malife, Gunning, James (Brown 57), Winchester, Grubb (Scoble 57), Digby, Williams, Doidge, McCoulsky (Shephard 69).

Subs not used: Collins, Rawson, McGinley, Thomas.

Attendance: 1,528


Shrimps and Cumbrians share points again in exciting encounter

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Carlisle United

Lang 29              Devitt 14

Morecambe and Carlisle shared the points in an exciting game at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Former Shrimps’ player Jamie Devitt took the lead from an impressive free kick before Callum Lang put the hosts back on level terms early in the first half.

Jim Bentley made three changes to his side with keeper Barry Roche, Sam Lavelle and Andy Fleming all coming into the starting eleven.

Carlisle, who brought nearly 2,000 fans with them, were looking to continue their play-off push in a big game for them.

The visitors started brightly and came reasonably close six minutes in when James Brown’s long range strike went over the bar.

Just eight minutes later, the Cumbrians had the lead when Devitt’s free kick from the right hit the crossbar on its way in.

Devitt almost had his second from a free kick in the 20th minute but his effort brought a great save to the left from Roche.

Up the other end just seconds later, Morecambe came close when Adam McGurk’s long range effort was saved before Garry Thompson failed to net the rebound.

Roche made another great save in the 23rd minute from Richie Bennett’s close range header on the end of Devitt’s cross.

Morecambe got back into the game six minutes later when Lang headed home on the end of McGurk’s excellent cross from close range.

The hosts started the second half well, and McGurk made a brilliant run beating numerous players in the 54th minute but he couldn’t quite finish in the end – his effort blocked with ease.

Carlisle piled on the pressure in the last ten minutes looking for a winner. Substitute Ashley Nedesan got his foot on the end of Mike Jones’ shot in the 85th minute and it went just wide.

Jones then had another effort moments later but it went wide.

Morecambe came incredibly close in the 89th minute when Lang got through on goal before his shot was blocked by the keeper. Aaron Wildig then followed this up with a header that went over the bar.

The last chance came in the third minute of added time when Carlisle’s Danny Grainger’s shot from the left was parried by Roche.

The result means the Shrimps have now drawn 17 times this season.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Lavelle, Old, Winnard, Conlan, Rose (c), Fleming, Lang (Ellison 90+1), McGurk (Wildig 62), Thompson (Oliver 76).

Booked: Conlan

Subs not used: Nizic, Kenyon, Campbell, Wylde.

Carlisle United: Bonham, Brown (Campbell-Ryce 70), Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Grainger (c), Parkes (Joyce 45), Jones, Devitt, Stockton (Nadesan 59), Bennett.

Booked: Devitt

Subs not used: Gray, O’Sullivan, Lambe, Twardek.

Attendance: 3,319



Goalless draw at Globe Arena as Shrimps and Imps endure tough physical battle

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-0 Lincoln City

Morecambe got a step closer to safety today with a goalless draw against in-form Lincoln City at the Globe Arena.

Manager Jim Bentley made four changes to his side with Steve Old, Patrick Brough, Vadaine Oliver and Kevin Ellison all coming into the starting XI.

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley on the other hand named an unchanged side following last week’s 3-1 win against rivals Grimsby Town.

In what was a stop-start first half, Lincoln came close nine minutes in when they shocked the Shrimps from a free kick.

With the free kick on the edge of the box, Sam Habergham made a good run on the left and they gave the ball to him and he put in a good ball to Scott Wharton but his effort was cleared off the line by Dean Winnard.

While the Imps dominated much of the first half, chances were few and far between and the only other real chance came on the brink of half time when Elliott Whitehouse’s shot was poorly handled by Morecambe keeper Barry Roche, but he managed to keep it out.

There were chances at both ends in the second half, and either side could’ve won the game. Ten minutes into the second half, Oliver headed just wide on the end of Michael Rose’s impressive cross.

Moments later, Lincoln came close up the other end when Whitehouse headed wide from a corner despite being unchallenged.

The midfielder then came close again in the 75th minute when his shot went just wide from close range.

Morecambe’s best chance of the game arguably came in the 77th minute when Alex Kenyon’s shot took a deflection off Ellison and hit the crossbar.

The Shrimps managed to hit the crossbar again just three minutes later when Adam McGurk’s free kick curled over the wall and hit the woodwork.

The visitors had the last chance of the game in added time when the ball fell to Lee Frecklington in the box and his shot went wide.

The result means Morecambe drop to 19th while Lincoln now sit in 8th.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Winnard, Lavelle, Brough, Rose (c), Kenyon, Lang (Wylde 67), Ellison (Thompson 85), Oliver (McGurk 67).

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Campbell and Fleming.

Lincoln City: Allsop, Eardley, Bostwick, Wharton, Habergham, Woodyard, Frecklington, Whitehouse, Williams (Anderson 59), Green (Rowe 79), Rhead (Palmer 59).

Subs not used: Farman, Long, Pett and Wilson.

Attendance: 1,883