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


Morecambe suffer heavy defeat to Blackpool in first Trophy group game

Blackpool away Trophy Group G

Blackpool 5-1 Morecambe

Heneghan 4   Ellison 22

Nottingham 45+1

Hardie 51

Kaikai 89

Nuttall 90+1

Morecambe suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to League 1 side Blackpool in the first group stage game of the Trophy on Tuesday night.

Ben Heneghan opened the scoring early on for the hosts before it was cancelled out by Kevin Ellison.

Goals from Michael Nottingham, Ryan Hardie, Sullay Kaikai and Joe Nuttall followed to secure a big win for Simon Grayson’s side.

The first real chance of the game was put away by Heneghan who headed home on the end of a corner from close range in the fourth minute.

Morecambe could’ve equalised eight minutes later when Jordan Cranston’s free kick hit the post.

In the 22nd minute, the visitors equalised when Ellison got on the end of a good through ball beating the keeper after it took a touch off a defender on the way in.

Twenty minutes later, Nottingham hit the crossbar with an impressive cross into the box for the hosts and shortly afterwards Callum Guy hit both frames of the post from the right hand side.

In the first minute of added time, Nottingham put Blackpool back in front after he got a touch on the end of Liam Feeney’s cross into the box.

Six minutes into the second half, Grayson’s side added a third when Hardie slotted the ball past Mark Halstead into the bottom-left corner following a good move on the right.

In the 58th minute, Morecambe had a rare chance when Aaron Wildig teed up the ball for Cole Stockton and his volley was saved by ‘keeper Christoffer Mafoumbi.

Just under half an hour later, Ellison came close again when substitute Joe Lynch played through the veteran and his shot took a touch off the keeper on the way over.

Blackpool added a fourth in the 89th minute when Guy’s shot was parried and Kaikai netted the rebound at the far post.

The Seasiders got a fifth in the first minute of added time when Nuttall’s long range effort slipped under the hands of Halstead on its way in.

Blackpool: Mafoumbi, Nottingham, Heneghan, Anderton, Feeney (capt) (Turton 45), Virtue-Thick (Shaw 66), Guy, MacDonald, Scannell (Kaikai 78), Hardie, Nuttall.

Subs not used: Spearing, Tilt, Gnanduillet, Alnwick (GK).

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Lavelle (capt), Sutton, Conlan (Buxton 63), Oates, Wildig (Lynch 66), Cranston, Ellison, O’Sullivan (Mendes Gomes 76), Stockton.

Subs not used: Roche, Tutte, Brownsword, Howard.

Attendance: 2,319

Boyce gets hat-trick as Burton thump Morecambe in Carabao Cup

Burton away

Carabao Cup Second Round

Burton Albion 4-0 Morecambe

Boyce 34,45+2,74

Edwards 51

Liam Boyce scored a hat-trick for Burton Albion on Tuesday night as his side thumped Morecambe 4-0 in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round.

Ryan Edwards scored the other goal to separate the two sides early in the second half.

Morecambe came firing out of the blocks quickly as Lewis Alessandra was one-on-one with former Shrimps loanee Kieran O’Hara but it was saved by the legs of the young ‘keeper in the second minute.

Four minutes later, Burton’s Stephen Quinn had a shot blocked by the visitors’ defence on its way out.

Chances were few and far between after that until the Brewers took the lead in the 34th minute through Boyce, who headed home at the far post on the end of a corner.

Two minutes later, Boyce almost had his second goal of the night but his one-on-one effort was saved by Morecambe’s Mark Halstead.

In the second minute of added time, Boyce doubled his goal tally of the night when he slid the ball home from close range following Oliver Sarkic’s cross into the box.

Nigel Clough’s side started the second half well and came close in the 49th minute when Lucas Akins’ close range header was kept out by Halstead.

Burton got their third of the night two minutes later when Edwards beat his man on the right and fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

In the 63rd minute, Morecambe had a rare chance when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of Alessandra’s cross.

Five minutes later, Alessandra made a good run on the right and his shot was saved by the legs of O’Hara.

Boyce humiliated the Shrimps even further in the 74th minute when he volleyed home after a poorly defended corner to get his hat-trick.

Chances were few and far between after that and Jim Bentley’s side avoided any further humiliation.

Burton Albion: O’Hara, Brayford (capt) (Sbarra 77), O’Toole (Nartey 75), Wallace, Daniel, Edwards, Quinn, Fraser, Akins, Boyce (Templeton 82), Sarkic.

Booked: Daniel

Subs not used: Bywater, Hutchinson, Anderson and Buxton.

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Sutton, Old, Conlan, Wildig (capt) (Jagne 85), Brewitt, Oates, Alessandra (Leitch-Smith 77), Ellison, Stockton (Miller 70).

Booked: Brewitt

Subs not used: Roche, Tutte, O’Sullivan and Cranston.

Attendance: 1,500



Morecambe slip to defeat against Exeter in five-goal thriller

Exeter (H)

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-3 Exeter City

Alessandra 45+4, 63  Taylor 21

Martin 25

Law 85

Morecambe suffered their second league defeat of the season in a five-goal thriller at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Exeter scored two goals in the space of five minutes through Jake Taylor and Aaron Martin, before Lewis Alessandra got a goal back for the Shrimps just before half time.

Midway through the second half, Alessandra grabbed an equaliser before Nicky Law got the winner for the visitors five minutes from time.

Exeter came into the game sitting in fourth following a goalless draw with Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, while Morecambe made one change following a 1-0 win over Macclesfield in mid-week.

It was a relatively quiet start to the game in terms of chances, and the first notable moment came in the 21st minute when Taylor buried the ball in the bottom right corner on the end of Martin’s cross to put the visitors in front.

Five minutes later, Exeter doubled their lead when the Shrimps failed to clear their lines following a slide tackle and Martin put the ball away unopposed.

Matt Taylor’s side almost had a third in the 30th minute when Law’s shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche.

On the brink of half time, Martin had a goal disallowed for the Grecians, shortly before Alessandra smashed the ball into the top right corner from the edge of the box to get one back for the hosts.

In the 63rd minute, Morecambe equalised when Shaun Miller put in a good ball towards Cole Stockton who passed it on the volley to Alessandra and he put the ball past the keeper.

Chances were few and far between after that until in the 85th minute when Exeter got the winner through Law. A long throw was poorly defended enabling Law to bury the ball home into the bottom-right corner.

Morecambe’s Sam Lavelle was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second minute of added time, shortly before Andrew Tutte’s strike was blocked by a defender in the last minute of the game.

The result means Exeter go top while the Shrimps drop one place down to 18th.

Morecambe: Roche, Buxton (Alessandra 32), Sutton, Lavelle, Old (Ellison 88), Cranston, Brewitt, Tutte, O’Sullivan, Miller, Stockton (Leitch-Smith 67).

Booked: Lavelle

Sent off: Lavelle

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

Exeter City: Ward, Sweeney, Martin, Moxey, Williams (Richardson 83), Taylor (capt), Collins, Sparkes (Parkes 87), Law, Bowman, Martin (Fisher 80).

Booked: Taylor

Subs not used: Maxted, Woodman, Ajose, Jay.

Attendance: 1,517


Shrimps snatch three points away at Macclesfield

Macclesfield away

Sky Bet League 2

Macclesfield Town 0-1 Morecambe

Sutton 65

Morecambe grabbed a narrow 1-0 victory over Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose in League 2 yesterday evening.

Ritchie Sutton’s second half header was the only goal separating the two sides.

Macclesfield came into the game sitting in fourth position having only lost once so far, while Morecambe were in 19th having not yet won a game.

The hosts started the game the better side and came close 11 minutes in when Jak McCourt’s short free kick took a deflection on its way out of play.

Five minutes later, Theo Archibald’s powerful long range strike hit the bar on its way over.

Morecambe’s Barry Roche was later forced to make a good save, parrying the ball onto the post following Fiacre Kelleher’s header from a corner in the 38th minute.

The Shrimps took the lead in the 65th minute when Sutton headed home on the end of a great cross by fellow centre-half Steven Old.

Jim Bentley’s side almost doubled their lead six minutes later when Shaun Miller beat ‘keeper Owen Evans on the right and his effort from a tight angle hit the post.

Morecambe continued to look more settled since their goal, and came close again in the 78th minute when substitute Andrew Tutte’s effort went just wide.

Macclesfield came close right at the very end when Emmanuel Osadebe fired the ball just over the bar.

Up next for the Shrimps is Exeter City at home on Saturday while the Silkmen host Scunthorpe United.

Macclesfield Town: Evans, Welch-Hayes, Kelleher (capt), Vassell, Archibald, Harris, McCourt (Kirby 76), Clarke (O’Keeffe 67), Osadebe, Ironside, Stephens (Gomis 76).

Booked: Welch-Hayes and Vassell

Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Horsfall and Blyth.

Morecambe: Roche (capt), Sutton, Lavelle, Old, Brewitt, Buxton, O’Sullivan, Alessandra (Tutte 58), Cranston, Stockton (Oates 79), Miller (Ellison 84).

Booked: Brewitt, O’Sullivan and Alessandra.

Subs not used: Halstead, Leitch-Smith, Jagne, Bakare.

Attendance: 1,862 (235 away)

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 slip to second pre season defeat at Barrow

Barrow away


Barrow 2-0 Morecambe 

Harrison 61

Kay 84

Morecambe slipped to their second pre-season defeat with a 2-0 loss to Barrow last night.

Byron Harrison opened the scoring for the hosts in the 61st minute before Josh Kay’s goal doubled their lead just over 20 minutes later.

Both Ian Evatt and Jim Bentley named strong sides, meaning on paper it would be an entertaining game.

Morecambe started the game well and came close in the 12th minute when Jordan Cranston’s effort was just pushed wide following a good cross from Adam Buxton on the right.

Rhys Oates then came close on two occasions for the visitors, but he was stopped one-on-one with the keeper both times.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, so it was goalless at half time.

Barrow were much improved in the second half, and came close in the 53rd minute when Oliver Greaves cut through on the left only for his shot to be kept out by Barry Roche.

Four minutes later at the other end, Alex Kenyon had a volley saved for the Shrimps.

In the 61st minute, the hosts took the lead when Harrison beat Roche to the ball and his effort came off the post on its way in.

Five minutes later, Morecambe fans thought they’d got an equaliser when substitute Lamin Jagne came close, only for his shot to go into the side netting.

In the 83rd minute, Barrow substitute Dior Angus had a shot saved by the legs of Roche and shortly afterwards Evatt’s side doubled their lead when Kay buried it in the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box.

Chances were few and far between after that, and Barrow held on for the win.

Barrow: Dixon (Saltmer 45), Barry, Hird (Elsdon 45), Granite, Brough (Brown 45), Rooney, Taylor (Greaves 45), Hindle (Angus 45), Waddington (Fox 42), Penfold (Kay 45), Quigley (Harrison 40).

Morecambe: Roche, Buxton (Brewitt 41), Lavelle, Old (Sutton 65), Conlan, Cranston, Kenyon, Wildig (Jagne 65), O’Sullivan (Howard 77), Stockton (Ellison 73), Oates (Mendes Gomes 65).

Subs not used: Halstead, Tutte, Brownsword, Trialist, Hawley.

Attendance: 704 (96 away)