Shrewsbury through to FA Cup third round with Morecambe defeat

Shrewsbury away

Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round

Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Morecambe

Rodman 32 Whalley 37 pen

High-flying League 1 side Shrewsbury Town made it through to the third round of the FA Cup after a 2-0 win against League 2 strugglers Morecambe today (Saturday 2 December).

Alex Rodman put the hosts in front in the 32nd minute before they doubled their lead from the spot five minutes later through Shaun Whalley.

Shrewsbury, who sit 2nd in League 1, came into today’s game following two straight defeats while struggling Morecambe had lost just once in November.

The Shrimps made just two changes from the side that drew at Carlisle last week – Max Muller and Garry Thompson came in for Sam Lavelle and Kevin Ellison.

The home side started lively, and Rodman made a good run on the right before his effort was just kept out by the legs of Barry Roche two minutes in.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it was 20 minutes before Morecambe’s Alex Kenyon’s long-range effort went wide.

Just ten minutes later Shrewsbury were in front.

Whalley put in a good ball from the right-hand side after beating Old, and Rodman was able to bury it from close range.

Paul Hurst’s side were awarded a penalty shortly afterwards when Roche brought down Jon Nolan in the box.

Whalley stepped up and sent Roche the wrong way, extending his side’s lead.

Twenty minutes into the second half, substitute Louis Dodds had two chances in the space of a minute.

Dodds latched on the end of Whalley’s cross and his effort was parried and then his second effort went wide of the mark.

Dodds continued to impress for the hosts, and headed just over the bar in the 80th minute.

Morecambe almost set up an entertaining finish when substitute Callum Lang found himself one-on-one with keeper Craig MacGillivray but his 86th minute effort was kept out, meaning the Shrews ended the game worthy winners.

Shrewsbury Town: MacGillivray, Bolton, Beckles, Nsiala, Sadler, B Morris, Nolan, Whalley (C Morris 80), Godfrey (Dodds 59), Rodman (Gnahoua 70), Payne.

Booked: Payne

Subs not used: Riley, John-Lewis, Adams, Gregory.

Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Muller, Brough (McGowan 45), Kenyon (Oliver 45), Fleming, Thompson, Wildig, Campbell (Lang 78), McGurk.

Booked: Roche and Wildig

Subs not used: Nizic, Winnard, Osborne, Rose.

Attendance: 3,184 (312 away)

 

 

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Shrimps and Cumbrians share points in local derby

Carlisle away

Sky Bet League 2

Carlisle United 1-1 Morecambe

Etuhu 51                  Old 72

Carlisle United and Morecambe shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Brunton Park in League 2 today.

Kelvin Etuhu put Carlisle in front six minutes into the second half, but Steve Old equalised for the Shrimps in the 72nd minute.

Morecambe should’ve really won the game as they got a penalty in the 84th minute but Adam Campbell failed to convert it.

Mid-table Carlisle came into the game off the back of a 3-0 defeat at leaders Luton Town, while the Shrimps were looking to get back to winning ways after a 1-0 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra ended a good run on Tuesday.

It was a quiet start to the game, and Morecambe had the first chance 15 minutes in when Aaron Wildig cut past the defence but his one-on-one effort was kept out by keeper Jack Bonham.

Carlisle then came close two minutes later when Reggie Lambe’s strike on the edge of the box was parried away by Barry Roche before Richie Bennett’s rebound was ruled out offside.

The Shrimps could’ve taken the lead five minutes from half time when Adam McGurk was through on the right, but his effort hit the side-netting.

Lambe came close for Carlisle on the brink of half-time when he beat the Morecambe defence but he struck the ball over.

The Cumbrians started well in the second half, as Hallam Hope’s long range effort forced Roche into a decent save to the left two minutes in.

Just four minutes later, the hosts were in front as Morecambe failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Kelvin Etuhu who smashed the ball from 30 yards to beat Roche to the bottom-right.

Chasing the game, the Shrimps came close in the 56th minute when McGurk’s effort went wide following some great build-up play.

Morecambe equalised when Wildig’s ball free kick wasn’t cleared away and defender Old was able to tap in from close range.

The Shrimps had a chance to win the game when they were awarded a penalty in the 84th minute.

Sam Lavelle was brought down by keeper Bonham following a short corner, but Adam Campbell’s powerful strike from the spot hit the crossbar.

Hope almost won it for Carlisle in the fourth minute of added time, but his long-range effort was kept out by Roche.

The result sees Carlisle sit in 14th ahead of their FA Cup trip to Gillingham next week, while Morecambe are 21st ahead of their cup tie at Shrewsbury Town.

Carlisle United: Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger (c), Lambe (Devitt 78), Joyce, Jones (O’Sullivan 65), Etuhu, Hope, Bennett (S Miller 65).

Booked: Lambe

Subs not used: Miller, Parkes, Cosgrove, George.

Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Lavelle, Brough, Kenyon (c), Fleming, Campbell, Wildig (Lang 88), Ellison (Oliver 90), McGurk (Thompson 70).

Booked: Old

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Muller, Rose.

Attendance: 5,010

 

 

 

Morecambe earn morale-boosting FA Cup win

Morecambe

Emirates FA Cup 1st Round

Morecambe 3-0 Hartlepool United

Ellison 4 Fleming 67 Loach 85 og

Morecambe booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup today with an outstanding win over non-league side Hartlepool United at the Globe Arena.

Kevin Ellison took the lead for the Shrimps early on, before Andy Fleming doubled their lead in the 67th minute.

A Scott Loach own-goal in the 85th minute put the result beyond doubt for Jim Bentley’s men.

Ahead of the game, Morecambe had only ever beaten Hartlepool – who were relegated from League 2 last season – once in their history.

The Shrimps had a lively start, looking really up for the game.

Adam McGurk came close just 24 seconds in, with a powerful effort forcing a brilliant save from Scott Loach.

Just four minutes later, Morecambe took the lead through Kevin Ellison.

The 38-year-old put the ball past Loach into the bottom-left corner coolly after Aaron Wildig’s shot was blocked.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, with the only real chance coming when McGurk headed over on the end of a great ball from Aaron McGowan in the 32nd minute.

Hartlepool looked much more lively in the second half, and came incredibly close in the 62nd minute when Rhys Oates put in a great ball to Jonathan Franks but his effort was tipped over brilliantly by Barry Roche.

Morecambe doubled their lead against the run of play six minutes later, when Andy Fleming made a brilliant run on the counter-attack and placed the ball through Loach’s legs.

The result was put beyond doubt when in the 85th minute when substitute Adam Campbell’s effort for the hosts hit the post and the ball bounced off keeper Scott Loach’s back into the goal to put Jim Bentley’s side into the hat for the second round.

Next up for the Shrimps is Leicester City U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Muller, Old, Brough, Fleming, Kenyon (c), Thompson (Rose 87), Wildig (Campbell 70), Ellison, McGurk (Oliver 65).

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Lavelle, Osborne.

Hartlepool United: Loach, Richardson, Donnelly, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, George (Munns 75), Woods (Rodney 60), Deverdics, Franks, Oates.

Booked: Donnelly and Featherstone.

Subs not used: Harrison, Catterick, Hawkins, Newton, Simpson.

Attendance: 2,004

Shrimps and Mariners share points in entertaining goalless draw

Morecambe

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

All you need to know about Morecambe’s next opponents Carlisle

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Morecambe tomorrow face a side from a neighbouring county that just missed out on promotion last season, in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Globe Arena (7:45pm kick off).

Last season

Carlisle United enjoyed the first half of the 2016/17 season as they sat in the top 3 most of the time. Keith Curle’s side were unbeaten for the first 15 games of the season in the league, and they found themselves in the top three in League 2 for five months. The Cumbrians went into the Christmas month of December in top spot, and promotion was looking likely. Unfortunately for them, it all went to pot in 2017 as they won just six out of 23 games and only booked their place in the play-offs because of wins against Newport County and Exeter City in the last two games of the season. Keith Curle’s side were knocked out by the latter in the play-offs, losing 6-5 on aggregate following two very close Semi Final legs.

Their record in cup competitions last season was good – getting past the first round of every cup competition. They took Derby County to penalties in the League Cup second round losing 14-13, whilst they topped Group D in the Checkatrade Trophy with wins over Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers U23s and Fleetwood Town. They were knocked out by Mansfield Town with a 3-2 loss in the first knockout round of the competition.

Charlie Wyke was the club’s top scorer last season with 18 goals, despite leaving for Bradford City on transfer deadline day in January.

Summer transfer business

Carlisle lost three key players at the end of last season. Keeper Mark Gillespie, striker Jabo Ibehre and defender Michael Raynes all rejected new deals and manager Keith Curle has been forced to replace them. The former England international has brought in eight players including 23-year-old shot-stopper Jack Bonham on loan from Brentford along with forwards Hallam Hope and Richie Bennett from Bury and Barrow respectively. Raynes has been replaced by Tom Parkes who has joined from now National League side Leyton Orient.

Their start to the season

The Blues have had a strong start to the season. To supplement an unbeaten pre-season, the Cumbrian side have won two of their first four league games and currently occupy 11th place in the League 2 standings. They made it to the second round of the Carabao Cup – defeating Fleetwood Town 2-1 after extra time before a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Championship side Sunderland last Tuesday. Former Shrimps forward Shaun Miller is currently the side’s top scorer with three goals in all competitions and they come to the Globe Arena tomorrow in a fairly strong position.

It isn’t all hunky-dory for Keith Curle’s side as last time out they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank with their only goal of the game coming from Reggie Lambe.

How they’ve fared against Morecambe

In 11 meetings between the two sides in the 21st century, Carlisle have won four, whilst Morecambe have won one and there have been six draws. They’ve faced each other before in the Checkatrade Trophy’s predecessor, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, in 2009 where Carlisle won 4-2 on penalties in the encounter at Christie Park. In the last meeting between the two sides, they shared the points as Charlie Wyke cancelled out Aaron Wildig’s early opener at Brunton Park.

Is another draw on the cards? Let’s find out…

 

Imps and Shrimps share points in entertaining encounter

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Sky Bet League 2

Lincoln City 1-1 Morecambe

Green 70            Wildig 53

Morecambe took a well-earned point from an entertaining game against newly-promoted Lincoln City at Sincil Bank today. Aaron Wildig took an unlikely lead for the Shrimps in the 53rd minute, but this was cancelled out by Matt Green’s deserved equaliser in the 70th minute.

In a packed Sincil Bank for Lincoln’s first home game back in the EFL, the hosts had a great start to the game. Michael Bostwick came close for Cowley’s side twice in the first four minutes, shooting wide at both attempts however.

Three minutes later Matt Rhead headed over on the end of a good ball from Jordan Maguire-Drew, shortly before Rhead’s strike partner Matt Green had a shot blocked by Sam Lavelle from close range.

Morecambe’s only real chance in the first 20 minutes fell to Alex Kenyon in the 15th minute, but his weak effort from long-range didn’t trouble Paul Farman at all.

Moments later, Lincoln’s best chance of the half so far came from Jordan Maguire-Drew. The winger cut through from the right-hand side but his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by visiting keeper Barry Roche.

In the 17th minute the hosts came close yet again, this time through Matt Green. Dean Winnard gifted the ball to the forward and he cut through but his shot went wide of the mark.

Green did all the dirty work in the build-up to another chance eight minutes later, with great footwork, but he failed to provide a decent end-product with his shot going wide.

Morecambe had a rare chance in the 30th minute. Captain Michael Rose put in a really good ball from his throw-in and Wildig headed just over the bar.

The hosts then came close moments later with two efforts. Matt Green found himself one-on-one with Roche, but the keeper blocked his shot well and then Nathan Arnold forced the Shrimps keeper to make a good save to the left from close-range.

The visitors’ best chance of the half came in the 39th minute. Patrick Brough headed the ball down to Aaron McGowan, and the full back tried his luck from roughly 40 yards out. His shot curled round the defence and hit the crossbar.

Morecambe had a much better start to the second half. Aaron Wildig had two poor chances early on. The second one was particularly frustrating for him as Garry Thompson had worked really well on the left-hand side before giving the ball to Wildig in acres of space. All he had to do was put it away, but he essentially he passed it to the keeper Paul Farman.

He made up for these missed opportunities however moments later as he put the Shrimps in front in the 53rd minute. Michael Rose hit an overpowered corner but Vadaine Oliver kept the ball in, before Patrick Brough teed up the midfielder with a great ball. Wildig volleyed home in the bottom-left corner to send the 124 visiting fans wild.

Despite Morecambe’s lead, Lincoln continued to dominate the game and they almost equalised five minutes later. Sean Raggett had a header cleared off the line by Kevin Ellison in the 58th minute and then Matt Rhead tried his luck from close range only for his shot to be pushed away by the excellent Roche, and then Matt Green managed to shoot wide in the 62nd minute despite being in acres of space.

Two minutes later, Rhead nodded the ball towards Green on the end of a free kick, but Green headed over the bar despite the lack of opposition from the Morecambe defence.

Lincoln got the equaliser they deserved in the 70th minute through Matt Green. The striker capitalised on Sam Lavelle’s defensive error and put the ball past Roche in the bottom-right corner sending the 8,000 Lincoln fans wild.

Two minutes later, Barry Roche did brilliantly to prevent Cowley’s side from taking the lead. Roche, in what was definitely one of his best games in a Morecambe shirt. put on a brilliant triple save to keep out Rhead and Green’s efforts,

Morecambe had a rare chance in the 80th minute through Patrick Brough. His long-range effort was caught by keeper Paul Farman.

In the 90th minute Matt Green’s header was stopped on the line by Barry Roche. There were five minutes added by the referee at the end of the half, but Morecambe managed to hold on for a point despite it being a backs to the wall job for much of the game.

Morecambe now sit in 5th in League 2 whilst Lincoln City are in 19th. Up next for the Shrimps is Swindon Town at home on Saturday whilst the Imps travel to Exeter City.

Lincoln City: Farman, Long, Dickie, Raggett, Eardley, Maguire-Drew (Anderson 83), Bostwick, Woodyard (c), Arnold, Green, Rhead (Palmer 83).

Subs not used: Whitehouse, Waterfall, Howe, Knott, Vickers.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Winnard, Lavelle, Brough, Kenyon, Rose, Thompson, Wildig (Fleming 84), Ellison (Turner 73), Oliver (Old 77).

Subs not used: Nizic, Campbell, Conlan, Osbourne.

Attendance: 8,060 (124 away)