Late strike from Franks sees Morecambe and Stevenage share points

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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.

Attendance: 1,268


Lancashire derby clash abandoned at half time

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Accrington Stanley A-A Morecambe

Kee 27

The game between Accrington Stanley and Morecambe at the Wham Stadium in League 2 today was abandoned at half time due to a waterlogged pitch with the hosts leading 1-0 at the time.

Billy Kee scored the only goal of the game for Stanley in the 27th minute.

Accrington came into the game following their only win in December which was a 3-0 victory away at Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Morecambe made one change to the side that won 4-3 against Yeovil Town on Friday, with Alex Kenyon coming in for the injured Andy Fleming.

The Shrimps started the game really well, with Steve Old’s long range effort forcing a great save from Aaron Chapman to his left just three minutes in.

Jim Bentley’s side could’ve taken the lead 14 minutes later when Callum Lang was through on goal but he went to ground and was booked for diving.

Kevin Ellison then headed just wide from an Aaron McGowan cross on the right in the 25th minute.

Two minutes later, Accrington were in front against the run of play with Kee backheeling it past Roche from close range following a good run on the right from his strike partner Kayden Jackson.

The hosts nearly doubled their lead just moments later when Kee headed just wide on the end of Sean McConville’s cross.

The rain was then falling at speed, and the pitch no longer looked playable.

The last chance of the game came when McConville’s brilliant free kick was well saved by Barry Roche in the 40th minute.

The game was then unsurprisingly abandoned at half time.

Accrington Stanley: Chapman, Johnson, Richards-Everton, Hughes, Donacien, Clark, Nolan, Brown, McConville (c), Jackson, Kee.

Booked: Clark and Kee

Subs not used: Leacock-McLeod, Sykes, Stryjek, Wilks, Ogle, Hmami, Watson.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Muller, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose (c), Kenyon, Lang, Ellison, Oliver.

Booked: Conlan, Lavelle, Lang

Subs not used: Nizic, Thompson, Campbell, Wildig, Lund, Osborne, McGurk.

Four late goals secure remarkable Morecambe win

Morecambe v Yeovil

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 4-3 Yeovil Town

Oliver 72            Gray 1

Lang 79,85         Khan 17

Ellison 90+2      Sowunmi 84

A late goal from Kevin Ellison secured a remarkable 4-3 win for Morecambe against Yeovil Town on Friday night in League 2.

Early goals from Jake Gray and Otis Khan gave the visitors what looked like a comfortable lead, however Vadaine Oliver and Callum Lang got Morecambe back on level terms late in the second half.

Yeovil were back in front through Omar Sowunmi six minutes from time, but Lang equalised again soon after for the Shrimps and then Kevin Ellison got the winner in added time.

Jim Bentley made five changes to the Morecambe side that lost 4-1 at home to Notts County on Tuesday.

Yeovil on the other hand came into the game unbeaten in December, and were looking to continue that run.

It only took the visitors 26 seconds to take the lead after Luke Conlan gifted the ball to Gray and he cut through on the right and buried the ball in the top left corner.

Ten minutes later Oliver tried his luck from long range for the Shrimps, hitting the post.

Yeovil then doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Khan got past the Morecambe defenders without a challenge, and fired the ball into the top corner.

Francois Zoko then headed wide for the visitors three minutes later, and chances were few and far between after that.

Morecambe got a goal back in the 72nd minute when Lang’s shot was saved by the legs of Artur Krysiak and then Oliver headed home after a goal-line scramble.

Seven minutes later the Shrimps equalised when Lang headed home at the far post on the end of a brilliant cross from Michael Rose on the right.

In the 84th minute, Morecambe keeper Barry Roche made a brilliant save from Tom James’ free kick and then Sowunmi headed home on the end of the resultant corner to put Yeovil back in front.

Wigan loanee Lang then equalised again in the 85th minute, picking up on the loose ball on the left to bury it past Krysiak and score his fifth goal in five games.

Two minutes into added time, Morecambe got a dramatic winner when Ellison headed home on the end of an excellent ball from Alex Kenyon – sending the fans wild.

Yeovil’s last chance of the game came in the sixth minute of added time when James’ free kick was blocked by McGowan.

The win puts the Shrimps five points above the drop zone in 21st, but with games in hand on the teams below. Yeovil remain 19th but could be overtaken by Crewe tomorrow.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Lavelle, Muller (Kenyon 40), Fleming (Thompson 86), Rose (c), Lang, Oliver, Ellison.

Booked: Muller, Rose, Ellison.

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Osborne, Jordan, Campbell.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Smith, Sowunmi, James, Gray, Worthington, Smith, Khan (Green 74), Zoko (Olomola 70), Surridge.

Booked: Krysiak and Smith.

Subs not used: Davis, Maddison, Nelson, Santis

Attendance: 1,124

Notts County show their class in comprehensive victory over Morecambe

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Morecambe 1-4 Notts County

Lang 89               Grant 13,59 Alessandra 21,86

Two goals each from Jorge Grant and Lewis Alessandra secured a comprehensive 4-1 victory for Notts County over Morecambe in League 2 today.

In-form Wigan loanee Callum Lang scored a consolation for Morecambe near the end.

The result means that there’s now been four games where the scoreline has been 4-1 in the 12 clashes between the two sides.

Morecambe made four changes from the side that lost to Mansfield on Saturday, with Mitchell Lund, Andy Fleming, Garry Thompson and Elliot Osborne all coming into the side.

High-flying Notts County, managed by Kevin Nolan, came looking for their first league win in December.

Notts County had a brilliant start to the game, and were ahead within 13 minutes when ex-Morecambe forward Alessandra beat Aaron McGowan on the right and squared it to Grant who fired home from close range.

Andy Fleming came close for the Shrimps six minutes later but his effort went just wide.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 21st minute as Alessandra volleyed the ball into the top corner following some sloppy defending from the hosts.

Morecambe came close twice on the brink of half time when Elliot Osborne’s effort from the left went just wide and then Adam Campbell’s effort from close range went over after a good ball from Garry Thompson.

Six minutes into the second half, captain Alex Kenyon played a cracking long ball to Thompson to put him through but his lacklustre shot went straight into the hands of Ross Fitzsimons in the Notts County goal.

Kevin Nolan’s side extended their lead moments later when Morecambe defender Steve Old gifted the ball to a forward and Grant buried it in the bottom left corner after some good one-touch football.

Five minutes from time, Alessandra scored his second of the day after more poor defending from the Shrimps. His first shot was saved but he scored the rebound from close range with ease.

Morecambe did get a consolation in the 89th minute when Lund played an excellent long ball to Lang and he placed the ball into the top right corner coolly.

The Shrimps remain just two points above the drop zone in 21st, while Notts County remain in 2nd just four points off the top.

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Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Lavelle, McGowan, Kenyon (c) (Ellison 66), Fleming, Thompson (Lang 66), Osborne, Campbell (Jordan 80), Oliver.

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

Notts County: Fitzsimons, Hunt, Brisley (Bird 87), Duffy (Saunders 78), Jones, Walker, Hewitt, Yates, Grant, Alessandra, Stead (Smith 78).

Subs not used: Tootle, Dickinson, Hawkridge, Pindroch.

Attendance: 1,947


Morecambe fall to late defeat at Mansfield


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Mansfield Town 2-1 Morecambe

Hemmings 8 Rose 88  Lang 50

A late goal from Danny Rose secured a win for Mansfield Town against a struggling Morecambe side in League 2.

The Stags took an early lead through Kane Hemmings before Callum Lang equalised five minutes into the second half.

Rose then got the winner against the run of play to take the three points for Steve Evans’ side.

Mansfield came into the game three points off the play-offs, but were without a league win since November 21.

Morecambe were lingering above the relegation zone ahead of a must-win game in which Lang made his first league start.

It was a lively start, with CJ Hamilton smashing the ball into the side netting four minutes in for the hosts.

Sam Lavelle then had a header from a corner cleared off the line for the visitors in the seventh minute, shortly before Hemmings caught the Morecambe defence red-handed and buried the ball in the bottom-left from long-range to take the lead.

Mansfield almost doubled their lead in the 26th minute when Steve Old gifted the ball to Calum Butcher but fortunately for Old, the midfielder could only shoot wide.

Chances were few and far between for much of the first half, but Zander Diamond came close for the hosts with a diving header on the end of a free kick just before half time.

The visitors started brightly in the second half, and equalised in the 50th minute when Wigan loanee Lang cut through from the right and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner.

Morecambe looked more likely to get a winner following the goal, and came close in the 61st minute when Michael Rose’s long range shot went just wide.

Jim Bentley’s side then had a golden opportunity five minutes later when Adam Campbell’s long range effort hit the post after great work from Steve Old on the left.

Against all odds, Mansfield got a late winner in the 88th minute through Danny Rose, who headed home on the end of a great ball from the right.

The five minutes of added time were eventful to say the least, and Morecambe almost got a late equaliser when keeper Roche’s header forced a great save from Logan to his right.

The result means Mansfield are now a point off the play-offs in ninth, while the Shrimps sit in 21st just two points above the drop zone ahead of a tough run in of games.

Mansfield Town: Logan, White, Diamond (c), Bennett, Benning, Digby (Atkinson 70), MacDonald, Hamilton, Butcher (Mellis 54), D Rose, Hemmings (Anderson 54).

Booked: White, Hamilton and D Rose.

Subs not used: Pearce, Angol, Olejnik and Spencer.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose (c), Kenyon, Campbell (Thompson 81), Oliver (Ellison 73), Lang (McGurk 72).

Booked: Roche and Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Fleming, Lund, Osborne.

Attendance: 3,058 (63 away)


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)



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