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

Blackpool progress to FA Cup second round with comfortable win over Morecambe

Blackpool away

Emirates FA Cup 1st Round

Blackpool 4-1 Morecambe 

Delfouneso 9 Stockton 45+2

Gnanduillet 24

Virtue 45

Kaikai 84

Blackpool secured a comfortable win over Morecambe to progress to the second round of the FA Cup at Bloomfield Road today.

Goals from Nathan Delfouneso, Armand Gnanduillet and Matty Virtue gave the hosts a clear lead but Cole Stockton pulled one back for the Shrimps just before the break.

Sullay Kaikai put the game beyond doubt six minutes from time.

Both sides were unchanged from their previous games as Blackpool reverted to a 3-4-1-2 formation and Morecambe a 4-3-3.

The Seasiders started well and were in front within nine minutes when Liam Feeney kept the ball in carefully on the right before crossing it in to Delfouneso who headed home at the far post.

The visitors came very close to equalising in the 23rd minute when captain Sam Lavelle hit the crossbar on the end of Lewis Alessandra’s free kick.

Shortly after what could’ve been a turning point in the game, Blackpool doubled their lead when Gnanduillet headed home on the end of a corner.

Stockton nearly got one back for Morecambe in the 43rd minute – his powerful strike hitting the post.

The hosts extended their lead to three goals two minutes later when Gnanduillet’s shot was saved and Virtue was on hand to put away the rebound.

In added time, the Shrimps got one back when Tom Brewitt’s long range strike was saved and Stockton scored the rebound.

Chances were few and far between in the second half until Kaikai fired over on the end of a good cross on the left.

Six minutes from time, Kaikai put the game to bed when he lobbed Morecambe ‘keeper Mark Halstead to restore Blackpool’s three goal lead.

Blackpool will find out their next FA Cup opponents on Monday.

Blackpool: Alnwick, Edwards, Heneghan, Husband, Feeney (Nuttall 79), Spearing (capt), Virtue (Turton 61), MacDonald (Guy 61), Kaikai, Delfouneso, Gnanduillet.

Subs not used: Sims (GK), Scannell, Thompson, Tilt.

Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Old, Lavelle (capt), Conlan, Tutte (Leitch-Smith 45), Brewitt, Wildig, O’Sullivan (Cranston 74), Stockton (Miller 67), Alessandra.

Booked: Tanner, Conlan, Wildig, O’Sullivan.

Subs not used: Roche (GK), Buxton, Kenyon, Sutton.

Attendance: 5,371

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

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 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)

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