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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.
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Morecambe 3-0 Forest Green Rovers
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.
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Coventry City 0-0 Morecambe
Coventry City and Morecambe shared the points in a goalless draw on the final day of the season to secure a play-off spot and League 2 survival respectively.
Both sides came into the game knowing that a point would be enough both sides to get the ideal outcome.
The game was tense at times, and Coventry came close six minutes in when Michael Doyle’s effort on the edge of the box was tipped over by the excellent Barry Roche.
Chances were few and far between for most of the game, and Morecambe’s only chance of the first half came in the 32nd minute when Aaron Wildig put in a cracking ball towards Adam McGurk but a defender was first to it only just.
Coventry then came remarkably close seven minutes later when Jonson Clarke-Harris’ effort from around two yards was kept out amazingly by Roche to keep the Shrimps in the game with relegation-rivals Barnet winning 1-0 at the time.
Morecambe started the second half brightly and came close in the 51st minute when Wildig played a great ball through to Kevin Ellison on the left but his shot hit the side-netting.
The only other real chance of the game came in the 74th minute when Tom Bayliss made it through on goal but his effort was brilliantly blocked by Aaron McGowan.
The result means the Shrimps stay in League 2 on goal-difference while Coventry City finish in sixth position and will face Notts County in the play-offs.
Coventry City: Burge, Grimmer, Hyam, Davies, Stokes, Bayliss, Kelly (c), Doyle, Shipley (Reid 56), McNulty, Clarke-Harris (Biamou 80).
Subs not used: McDonald, O’Brien, Maguire-Drew, Haynes, Ponticelli.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose (c), Fleming, Wylde, Wildig (Kenyon 82), Ellison, McGurk (Lang 77).
Subs not used: Nizic, Brough, Lund, Muller, Campbell.
Attendance: 15,874 (748 away)
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Morecambe 0-1 Barnet
Barnet got a 1-0 win to beat Morecambe and take the relegation battle right down to the last day.
Alex Nicholls’ second half strike separated the two sides.
Today’s game was a massive game for both sides with Morecambe sitting 22nd in League 2 and Barnet 23rd. The hosts required just a point to secure their league status for another season and relegate the visitors in the process.
It was a fairly poor start to the game for the Shrimps with Barnet looking more likely to score.
The visitors nearly took the lead ten minutes in when right-back Richard Brindley’s powerful effort went just wide.
While Morecambe’s Adam McGurk made it through on goal shortly after, it came to nothing as he was beaten by the keeper.
Barnet came close once again in the 22nd minute after there was a mix up between Sam Lavelle and keeper Barry Roche, but Roche managed to clear the ball away despite pressure from John Akinde.
Chances were then few and far between, and the next chance for the visitors came six minutes into the second half when Akinde had the ball in the box unmarked but his powerful shot brought a brilliant save from Roche.
At the other end moments later, Morecambe came rather close when Callum Lang was through on goal but his shot was blocked and Adam Campbell failed to put away the rebound.
Substitute Nicholls then came close for Barnet four minutes later but his powerful shot brought a great reflex save from Roche.
In the 79th minute, Nicholls took the lead for the visitors when he found the ball in space and fired it into the bottom left corner to send the away fans wild.
Three minutes later, Akinde found himself through on goal for the visitors but his shot was blocked.
Morecambe threw men forward understandably but failed to get an equaliser.
The result means the Shrimps sit just two points above the drop zone and need a result at play-off chasing Coventry City next week. Barnet will be confident they can stay up though, as they face already relegated Chesterfield at home next week.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose, Kenyon, Campbell (Wylde 55), Lang, Ellison, McGurk (Oliver 73).
Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Fleming, Wildig.
Barnet: Ross, Brindley, Almeida-Santos, Nelson (Watson 76), Tutonda, Akpa Akpro, Sweeney, Weston, Akinola (Nicholls 32), Akinde, Coulthirst (Taylor 70).
Subs not used: Clough, Bover, Payne, Legg.
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Morecambe 1-1 Carlisle United
Lang 29 Devitt 14
Morecambe and Carlisle shared the points in an exciting game at the Globe Arena this afternoon.
Former Shrimps’ player Jamie Devitt took the lead from an impressive free kick before Callum Lang put the hosts back on level terms early in the first half.
Jim Bentley made three changes to his side with keeper Barry Roche, Sam Lavelle and Andy Fleming all coming into the starting eleven.
Carlisle, who brought nearly 2,000 fans with them, were looking to continue their play-off push in a big game for them.
The visitors started brightly and came reasonably close six minutes in when James Brown’s long range strike went over the bar.
Just eight minutes later, the Cumbrians had the lead when Devitt’s free kick from the right hit the crossbar on its way in.
Devitt almost had his second from a free kick in the 20th minute but his effort brought a great save to the left from Roche.
Up the other end just seconds later, Morecambe came close when Adam McGurk’s long range effort was saved before Garry Thompson failed to net the rebound.
Roche made another great save in the 23rd minute from Richie Bennett’s close range header on the end of Devitt’s cross.
Morecambe got back into the game six minutes later when Lang headed home on the end of McGurk’s excellent cross from close range.
The hosts started the second half well, and McGurk made a brilliant run beating numerous players in the 54th minute but he couldn’t quite finish in the end – his effort blocked with ease.
Carlisle piled on the pressure in the last ten minutes looking for a winner. Substitute Ashley Nedesan got his foot on the end of Mike Jones’ shot in the 85th minute and it went just wide.
Jones then had another effort moments later but it went wide.
Morecambe came incredibly close in the 89th minute when Lang got through on goal before his shot was blocked by the keeper. Aaron Wildig then followed this up with a header that went over the bar.
The last chance came in the third minute of added time when Carlisle’s Danny Grainger’s shot from the left was parried by Roche.
The result means the Shrimps have now drawn 17 times this season.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Lavelle, Old, Winnard, Conlan, Rose (c), Fleming, Lang (Ellison 90+1), McGurk (Wildig 62), Thompson (Oliver 76).
Subs not used: Nizic, Kenyon, Campbell, Wylde.
Carlisle United: Bonham, Brown (Campbell-Ryce 70), Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Grainger (c), Parkes (Joyce 45), Jones, Devitt, Stockton (Nadesan 59), Bennett.
Subs not used: Gray, O’Sullivan, Lambe, Twardek.
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Morecambe 0-0 Lincoln City
Morecambe got a step closer to safety today with a goalless draw against in-form Lincoln City at the Globe Arena.
Manager Jim Bentley made four changes to his side with Steve Old, Patrick Brough, Vadaine Oliver and Kevin Ellison all coming into the starting XI.
Lincoln manager Danny Cowley on the other hand named an unchanged side following last week’s 3-1 win against rivals Grimsby Town.
In what was a stop-start first half, Lincoln came close nine minutes in when they shocked the Shrimps from a free kick.
With the free kick on the edge of the box, Sam Habergham made a good run on the left and they gave the ball to him and he put in a good ball to Scott Wharton but his effort was cleared off the line by Dean Winnard.
While the Imps dominated much of the first half, chances were few and far between and the only other real chance came on the brink of half time when Elliott Whitehouse’s shot was poorly handled by Morecambe keeper Barry Roche, but he managed to keep it out.
There were chances at both ends in the second half, and either side could’ve won the game. Ten minutes into the second half, Oliver headed just wide on the end of Michael Rose’s impressive cross.
Moments later, Lincoln came close up the other end when Whitehouse headed wide from a corner despite being unchallenged.
The midfielder then came close again in the 75th minute when his shot went just wide from close range.
Morecambe’s best chance of the game arguably came in the 77th minute when Alex Kenyon’s shot took a deflection off Ellison and hit the crossbar.
The Shrimps managed to hit the crossbar again just three minutes later when Adam McGurk’s free kick curled over the wall and hit the woodwork.
The visitors had the last chance of the game in added time when the ball fell to Lee Frecklington in the box and his shot went wide.
The result means Morecambe drop to 19th while Lincoln now sit in 8th.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Winnard, Lavelle, Brough, Rose (c), Kenyon, Lang (Wylde 67), Ellison (Thompson 85), Oliver (McGurk 67).
Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Campbell and Fleming.
Lincoln City: Allsop, Eardley, Bostwick, Wharton, Habergham, Woodyard, Frecklington, Whitehouse, Williams (Anderson 59), Green (Rowe 79), Rhead (Palmer 59).
Subs not used: Farman, Long, Pett and Wilson.