Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 1-1 Stevenage
Ellison 23 Franks 89
Morecambe and Stevenage shared the points in a poor 1-1 draw in League 2 at the Globe Arena today.
Veteran forward Kevin Ellison took the lead for the Shrimps early in the game before substitute Fraser Franks got a late equaliser for the visitors.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley named an unchanged team following a 2-0 win at Grimsby Town last week while Stevenage’s only change after the 0-0 draw at home to Reading in the FA Cup was Dale Gorman who replaced Mark McKee.
It was a fairly uneventful opening to the game, and the first chance didn’t come until the 16th minute when Steven Old’s close-range header on the end of Aaron McGowan’s cross was just kept out by Stevenage’s Tom King.
Seven minutes later, the Shrimps took the lead through Ellison. Luke Conlan made a great run on the left and his shot was parried by Tom King before the 38-year-old slotted home the rebound to score his third goal in three games.
Stevenage’s first notable chance came in the 32nd minute when Ben Kennedy headed over on the end of a good cross from the right.
Chances were few and far between following this in what was a scrappy, physical encounter. After in-form youngster Callum Lang was subbed at half time due to injury, the Shrimps sat back to defend.
Stevenage didn’t really challenge the Morecambe defence until substitute Jamie Gray forced a good save from Barry Roche one-on-one in the 76th minute.
Ellison then had the only real chance of the second half for the hosts when he made a good run on the right but his shot didn’t really trouble the keeper.
Defender Franks was brought on by Stevenage manager Darren Sarll, who looked to utilise his aerial presence by playing him up top. This tactic paid off as Franks smashed the ball into the top left hand corner on the volley in the 89th minute to grab a point for the visitors.
With five minutes added, Stevenage suddenly looked favourites to win the game but luckily the Morecambe defence just about managed to prevent another goal.
The result means Bentley’s side move up to 19th, six points off the drop zone ahead of a tough trip to Luton Town next week while Stevenage remain 15th before facing Reading away in the FA Cup on Tuesday.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Lavelle, Muller, Conlan, Rose (c) (Fleming 68), Kenyon, Lang (Wildig 45), Ellison, Oliver (McGurk 87).
Booked: Old, Rose and Wildig.
Subs not used: Maher, Lund, Thompson, Campbell.
Stevenage: T King, Henry (c), Wilmot, J King, Martin, Kennedy, Smith (Franks 82), Gorman (Conlon 66), Pett, Newton (Gray 69), Godden.
Booked: Smith and Newton
Subs not used: Fryer, Wilkinson, Vancooten, Georgiou.