Wycombe retain play-off hopes with last-ditch Akinfenwa equaliser

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Morecambe 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Ellison 81           Akinfenwa 89

Morecambe and Wycombe Wanderers shared the points in the last game of the season at the Globe Arena yesterday. Kevin Ellison capped off a brilliant Morecambe move to take the lead in the 81st minute, before Adebayo Akinfenwa equalised for the away side in the latter stages of the game thanks to some poor defending from the Shrimps.

Both sides had a relatively good start to the game, and it was Wycombe who had the first real chance. Former Morecambe forward Garry Thompson found the ball in space in the eighth minute, but his shot went wide of the mark.

Three minutes later, the home side really should’ve gone in front. Michael Rose made a great run forward and he had a spectacular long-range shot saved by Jamal Blackman to his left.

Morecambe later had a series of chances, with Aaron McGowan making a beaming run to get on the end of Molyneux’s ball only for his shot to be blocked in the 19th minute. Moments later, Paul Mullin came close for the hosts – cutting through the defence and having his shot tipped over by the visiting keeper.

Wycombe’s best chance of the first half came in the 23rd minute when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed just wide on the end of a good cross.

Morecambe dominated chances however in the first half, with Ellison forcing a good reflex save from Blackman in the 27th minute.

The away side did have two quick chances in succession shortly before half time with Garry Thompson’s shot going just over in the 34th minute and then Sam Saunders’ powerful long-range three minutes later shot went just over the bar.

It was the home side who had the final chance of the half, with Aaron McGowan making a commanding run on the right-hand side only for his shot to go straight at the keeper. It was goalless at the interval.

Wycombe had the first chance of the second half, with Paul Hayes making a good run before playing the ball through to Luke O’Nien, whose shot went just wide of the goal.

Fifteen minutes later Kevin Ellison came very close to taking the lead for the hosts, with his header being blocked by Harriman following a pinpoint cross from Aaron McGowan.

Wycombe’s best chance of the game without scoring came in the 75th minute when Sam Saunders’ free kick was blocked by the wall shortly before substitute Paris Cowan-Hall headed onto the crossbar.

It was Morecambe who came up with the first goal of the game six minutes later, through Kevin Ellison. It was a good team goal which started with a good run from young debutant Steve Yawson, before Michael Rose played a good ball to McGowan whose cross met Ellison and the veteran had good footwork to turn and curl the ball round the keeper to score his ninth goal of the season.

The host’s lead nearly only lasted three minutes however, as Adebayo Akinfenwa found himself in acres of space but his shot was pushed away by Nizic to his right.

The away side were pushing for an equaliser, and Luke O’Nien headed into the hands of Nizic in the 88th minute. Just moments later the away side did equalise as a result of some poor defending. The Shrimps’ defence failed to clear their lines, and as a result Akinfenwa was able to slot the ball past Nizic to score his 18th goal of the season for Wycombe.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side then looked like they could’ve taken all three points near the end, as they pushed for a winner. A second goal, would’ve taken them into the play-off places. In the last minute of normal time, substitute Myles Weston put in a good ball through to Akinfenwa but the powerhouse’s header went just wide of the mark.

Wycombe’s very tall keeper Jamal Blackman came up for a corner in the fourth minute of added time, but the corner didn’t really come to anything as the Shrimps managed to defend it well. The last kick of the game, came when in the sixth minute of added time Myles Weston’s powerful attempt went over the bar.

The result means that Morecambe remain in 18th ahead of their final game of the season away to Luton Town next week, whilst Wycombe sit in 11th needing a win against Cambridge United next week to give them any chance of making the play-offs.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, Edwards 7, Whitmore 7, Winnard 7, McGowan 8 (Wakefield 84), Kenyon 8, Murphy 7 (c) (Fleming 56), Rose 7, Molyneux 7, Ellison 7, Mullin 7 (Yawson 77).

Booked: McGowan and Ellison

Sub ratings: Fleming 7, Yawson 7, Wakefield n/a

Subs not used: Roche, Conlan, Wildig, Evans

Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman 8, Harriman 7, Jombati 6, Pierre 7 (c), Jacobson 7 (Stewart 68), Bean 6, O’Nien 6, Saunders 8, Thompson 7 (Weston 82), Akinfenwa 7, Hayes (c) 6 (Cowan-Hall 63).

Booked: Pierre and Jacobson

Sub ratings: Stewart 7, Weston 7, Cowan-Hall 6,

Subs not used: Richardson, Bloomfield, Southwell, Gape,

Attendance: 1,742



Shrimps snatch late equaliser to dent Colchester’s play-off hopes

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Morecambe 1-1 Colchester United

Rose 88 pen        Brindley 22

Morecambe snatched a late equaliser against Colchester United today to essentially book their spot in League 2 next season. Richard Brindley scored an excellent free kick for Colchester in the first half, before Michael Rose’s late penalty cancelled the goal out to ensure the sides shared the points.

Colchester had a good start to the game, and came close just two minutes in with Tarique Fosu’s shot being blocked by Alex Kenyon and out for a corner.

Morecambe’s first chance came soon after however, with Paul Mullin’s long range effort not troubling keeper Sam Walker in the fourth minute – going straight into his hands.

Three minutes later, Aaron Wildig came close for the home side – cutting through the defence and having a shot saved by Walker to his left.

Paul Mullin then came close on two occasions, the first attempt going just over in the ninth minute before his long range effort went just wide in the eleventh minute.

The Shrimps then thought they’d taken the lead in the fifteenth minute, but Kevin Ellison’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Bentley’s side then came close five minutes later again through Paul Mullin. Alex Kenyon played a good ball through to Mullin from the left-hand side, and the striker’s shot was tipped over the bar by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

Despite Morecambe’s domination of proceedings early in the first half, it was Colchester who were first to score. The Essex side got themselves a free kick on the edge of the box after Alex Whitmore’s foul, and full back Richard Brindley made it look easy – curling it over the wall and beating Nizic to the left in the 22nd minute.

Chances were few and far between following the goal, with Colchester settling into the game. There was however a chance just before half time, with another free kick from Richard Brindley – but this time it went straight into the hands of Nizic so the away side led 1-0 at the break.

Four minutes into the second half, Morecambe full back Michael Duckworth had a shot blocked and similarly Colchester had a chance like this a minute later as Drey Wright’s shot was blocked by Winnard – the difference being it went out for a corner.

The Shrimps came close again ten minutes later, with some good build up play. They didn’t have the finishing product however, as Antony Evans’ shot went over the bar when the ball fell to him.

Colchester came close in the 62nd minute when Tom Eastman’s volley on the end of a corner went over the bar.

The away side came close again in the 70th minute when Danijel Nizic dropped the ball when trying to catch it from the corner and Tarique Fosu’s shot in response went over the bar.

Three minutes later Morecambe came close when substitute Antony Evans nodded on from a good ball to Kenyon – whose shot went just wide.

It was heartbreak for Colchester shortly before the death as they gave away a penalty – substitute Tommy O’Sullivan bringing down Antony Evans in the box. Michael Rose stepped up to take the spot kick, and it was taken coolly – placing it into the bottom right corner to equalise for the Shrimps in the 88th minute.

The equaliser spurred the home crowd on, and Bentley’s side almost got a winner in added time but Mullin’s free kick went over the bar.

The result means that the Shrimps remain in 17th ahead of their trip to Exeter City on Saturday, and Colchester move down a place to 10th ahead of their next game at home to Plymouth Argyle.

Morecambe: Nizic 6, Duckworth 7, Winnard 6 (c), Whitmore 7, Kenyon 7 (Murphy 83), McGowan 7, Rose 7, Fleming 7, Wildig 6 (Evans 45), Ellison 5 (Turner 79), Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Evans 8, Turner 7, Murphy 7.

Booked: Whitmore and Winnard

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Molyneux, Conlan.

Colchester United: Walker 7, Eastman 7, James 7, Elokobi 7, Brindley 8, Loft 6 (Wynter 76), Murray 6, Dickenson 7, Dr Wright 7 (Pyke 90), Fosu-Henry 6 (O’Sullivan 83), Porter 7.

Sub ratings: Wynter 7, O’Sullivan 6, Pyke n/a

Booked: Loft and Fosu-Henry

Subs not used: Briggs, Brill (GK), Kinsella, Di Wright.

Attendance: 1,447 (275 away)


Shrimps and Pools share points in game of two halves

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Morecambe 1-1 Hartlepool United

Mullin 59           Amond 39

Struggling League 2 sides Morecambe and Hartlepool United shared the points on a stunning day at the Globe Arena today. Former Shrimp Padraig Amond opened the scoring for the away side towards the end of the first half after the ball was put on a plate for him, whilst in the second half Paul Mullin equalised for the home side with a header from close range.

It was a fairly slow start to the game, but Hartlepool had the better of the early stages – with much of possession and chances.  Their first chance came nine minutes in when Nicky Featherstone hit the ball over after some good pressure from the away side.

Five minutes later, Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Walker took the free kick, and it was blocked by the Morecambe wall before Nathan Thomas’ follow up shot was caught by Danijel Nizic on his line.

In the 19th minute the away side came close again with Scott Harrison’s volley going just wide of the mark.

Pools later had a series of chances through Rhys Oates. The 22 year old headed just over on the end of a corner in the 29th minute, before finding himself in space three minutes later only for his shot to not really trouble Nizic.

The away side got themselves in front shortly before half time. They passed their way round the Shrimps’ defence with ease before ex-Shrimps player Lewis Alessandra played a great ball through to a fellow former Shrimp Padraig Amond – who finished coolly past Nizic from close range in the 39th minute.

Morecambe’s first real chances of the game came on the brink of half time. Kevin Ellison headed just over from a corner in the 44th minute, before Paul Mullin came very close in stoppage time – cutting in from the right and forcing a save from Joe Fryer to his left. The away side led 1-0 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hartlepool came close to doubling their lead through Padraig Amond, but his shot was blocked by Ryan Edwards.

Morecambe managed to get back into the game just three minutes later however through Paul Mullin. The move started with a great ball from Kevin Ellison on the left, before Ryan Edwards’ shot was cleared off the line and then Paul Mullin won the battle with the keeper for the ball – heading home from two yards out.

The home side then kicked on from thereafter and came close in the 67th minute when Kevin Ellison’s shot was saved by Fryers to his right shortly before Fleming headed straight into the hands of the Middlesbrough loanee.

Ten minutes later Ellison came close again, with the ball falling to him unmarked after a throw in. The veteran forward could only despatch the ball well over the bar.

The Shrimps came remarkably close to scoring in the 80th minute. Lee Molyneux made a quick run to get the ball from the throw-in and he played a good ball through to fellow substitute Aaron Wildig – whose shot brought about a potentially season-saving block from Hartlepool defender Scott Harrison.

Hartlepool had a good spell towards the end of the game. In the 82nd minute, Michael Woods cut through the defence only for his shot to go wide and then in the 85th minute Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Padraig Amond’s free kick was blocked by the Morecambe wall, and then Scott Harrison’s follow up shot went over the bar.

Morecambe’s last chance came in the first minute of added time when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of a good ball from Andy Fleming.

Whilst it could be argued that Morecambe did enough to win the game following their second-half performance, it was Hartlepool who very nearly won the game at the end. Nathan Thomas made a great run, and his shot was blocked brilliantly by Ryan Edwards to ensure the game finished 1-1.

The result means that Morecambe move to 19th, eight points above the drop zone, whilst Hartlepool remain in 22nd – just three points above the drop zone following Newport’s 1-0 victory at Exeter City.

Up next for the Shrimps is Stevenage away from home on Good Friday, whilst Hartlepool United are up against Carlisle United at home in what will be a big game for both sides.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, McGowan 7, Whitmore 6, Edwards 7, Duckworth 6, Rose 6, Fleming 8, Turner 6 (Molyneux 66), Evans 6 (Wildig 66), Ellison 7, Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Molyneux 7, Wildig 6.

Booked: Mullin

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Jordan, Murphy, Winnard.

Hartlepool United: Fryer 7, Richardson 6, Harrison 7, Walker 6, Donnelly 6, Alessandra 6 (Rodney 81), Woods 6, Featherstone 7, Thomas 6, Oates 7 (Deverdics 90+4), Amond 7.

Sub ratings: Rodney 6, Deverdics n/a

Subs not used: Magnay, Bates, Hawkins, Rooney, Dudzinski (GK).

Attendance: 1,548 (436 away)


Shrimps slump to defeat against play-off hopefuls Mansfield

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Morecambe 1-3 Mansfield Town

Mullin 6              D Rose 4,33

Whiteman 39

Morecambe slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat, ensuring they didn’t pick up any points in March, with a 3-1 loss against Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena yesterday.

Mansfield started the game very well, and were straight out of the traps. Matt Green headed just over the bar on the end of a good cross three minutes in, shortly before Danny Rose put the Stags in front. The away side caught the Shrimps defence half-asleep, with a quick throw-in making its way towards the former Bury frontman – who buried the ball from close range with ease.

The away side’s lead only lasted two minutes however, as Paul Mullin equalised for the home side. Roche played a good long ball towards Mullin, who only had the last man to beat. He beat the defender, and slotted the ball past Mansfield keeper Kean.

Morecambe grew into the game gradually, and Aaron Wildig came close in the eighth minute with his shot deflecting off a defender and going out for a corner. Michael Rose then had a good attempt at goal with his curved shot going just over the bar in the 14th minute for the home side.

Mansfield later had a few chances, exposing Morecambe’s weak defence. Shaquile Coulthirst cut through the defence with ease from the left-hand side, shooting straight at Roche in the 17th minute and then five minutes later Alex MacDonald’s goal-bound free kick deflected off Matt Green and went wide.

Roughly ten minutes later, the away side were back in front. Roche played out a poor goal-kick along the floor to Michael Rose, who didn’t take full control of the ball, and as a result Danny Rose was able to capitalise on this for the away side with a good run and a shot beating Roche to his left despite the keeper getting a touch to the ball on its way in.

Morecambe came close five minutes later, after a good ball to Turner. He made a run before giving the ball to Fleming, who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Just moments later, Mansfield went up the other end and got a third goal. Peterborough loanee Shaquile Coulthirst was on the receiving end of a good ball, and he was able to play it to Benjamin Whiteman – who buried the ball pass Roche to extend the Stags’ lead. Steve Evans’ side led 3-1 at half time.

Morecambe began the second half with great attacking intent. Aaron Wildig found himself through on goal, forcing Kean to make a good diving save to his left just fifteen seconds in.

Five minutes later however, Mansfield came close to getting a fourth goal. Danny Rose got through on goal as Luke Conlan fell, but luckily for the home side Dean Winnard managed to track back and diminish the threat that Rose posed, meaning that he could only shoot straight at Roche in the end. Shaquile Coulthirst later came close for the away side on 54 minutes, with his shot parried away by Roche.

There was action at both ends, with Paul Mullin finding an opening for the Shrimps two minutes later. The striker found himself in a good position to shoot, but his effort with his weaker foot went well wide of the mark.

Morecambe were forced to defend again, with Whiteman’s shot being blocked by Winnard. Whitmore’s clearance came off Coulthirst and luckily for the Burnley loanee the ball went over in the 61st minute.

There was little action for much of the rest of the second half, but Coulthirst’s shot went just wide in the 87th minute.

Substitute Luke Jordan had a late attempt on goal blocked by the defence for Morecambe a minute from time.

It was yet another poor day at the office for the Shrimps, and as a result they now sit in 19th place in the League 2 table. They face Cheltenham Town away from home next week. Mansfield on the other hand remain in ninth position, and are now just a point off the play-offs. They face Exeter City at home in their next game.

Morecambe: Roche 5, Duckworth 6, Winnard 5 (c), Whitmore 6, Conlan 6 (Molyneux 75), Rose 5, Fleming 7 (Evans 68), Turner 6 (Jordan 65), Wildig 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Sub ratings: Evans 6, Jordan 6, Molyneux 6

Booked: Duckworth and Winnard

Subs not used: Wakefield, McGowan, Murphy, Maher (GK).

Mansfield Town: Kean 7, White 6, Bennett 7, Howkins 6, Benning 7, MacDonald 7 (Potter 86), Byrom 7, Whiteman 7, Green 6 (Baxendale 80), Coulthirst 6, Rose 8 (Arquin 76).

Sub ratings: Arquin 7, Baxendale n/a, Potter n/a

Booked: Benning and Rose.

Subs not used: Taft, Jensen (GK), Hamilton, McGuire.

Attendance: 1,497








Morecambe extend losing run to three games with defeat to Newport

Morecambe v Newport

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-1 Newport County

Bird 67 pen

Relegation contenders Newport County won their second consecutive game this evening, with a 1-0 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena. The only goal of the game came with Ryan Bird scoring from the spot in the 67th minute.

Morecambe started the game well, with a good through ball being played through to Rhys Turner on the right. The winger managed to get round the keeper, and his shot was cleared off the line in the second minute.

Moments later, Antony Evans attempted a lob for the home side but it didn’t trouble Newport keeper Chris Day.

Following this short spell of good play from the Shrimps, Newport dominated play and really should’ve gone in front. Tom Owen-Evans brought a good diving save out of Roche in the sixth minute, and five minutes later Joss Labadie’s header from a corner looked to be going in, but Whitmore managed to block it out for another corner.

After some poor defending from the resultant corner, Alex Samuel had a shot going just over the bar and then moments later Ryan Bird got on the end of a shot to deflect the ball and force Roche into an excellent diving save to his left.

Newport found themselves coming very close to scoring again in the 34th minute, when Scot Bennett’s long range shot forced a save from Roche- but he couldn’t push the ball away and the Shrimps’ defence just about managed to prevent the away side scoring from the rebound. Sean Rigg headed just wide on the end of a good cross from the right-hand side two minutes later, colliding with Whitmore in the process.

Despite all the chances Newport had, it was arguably Morecambe who had the best chance of the half. In the last minute of injury time, Antony Evans had a sweet strike from long range- hitting the crossbar. It was goalless at the break.

Four minutes into the second half it looked like Newport had taken the lead through Ryan Bird, but Dean Winnard managed to somehow keep the ball from crossing the line- controlling the ball comfortably.

Paul Mullin came close for the Shrimps in the 53rd minute, cutting in from the left, and his curled shot prompted an excellent diving save by Chris Day to his right- keeping the ball out.

Sean Rigg brought another good save out of Roche twelve minutes later, and then Morecambe hit the Welsh side on the counter-attack. Mullin made a good run along the right, and put in a good ball to Evans- whose shot went just wide of the mark.

By the 65th minute, Newport were awarded a penalty. Alex Whitmore brought down Alex Samuel in the box as he cut in from the right, and the referee didn’t really hesitate to point to the spot. Ryan Bird stepped up and took a brilliant penalty going nicely down the middle to beat Roche, who dived to his right.

Lee Molyneux had a shot blocked in the 71st minute, and roughly ten minutes later Michael Rose had a good long range effort- with his powerful shot going just wide.

Substitute Jazzi Barnum-Bobb looked threatening going forward for the away side, and his pace enabled him to get through a tired Morecambe defence with ease in the 86th minute- his shot going just wide.

Despite the fact that there were seven minutes added due to several long stoppages, Morecambe failed to make use of the extra time they had and Newport managed to hold on for the victory.

Morecambe remain in 15th following tonight’s result and face Plymouth Argyle away from home on Saturday, whilst Newport move off the bottom and face in-form Blackpool at Rodney Parade at the weekend.

Morecambe: Roche 8, Wakefield 6 (Duckworth 54), Edwards 6, Whitmore 6, Winnard 5 (c), Rose 7, Fleming 6, Turner 5, Evans 6 (Murphy 78), Ellison 5 (Molyneux 68), Mullin 5.

Sub ratings: Duckworth 5, Molyneux 5, Murphy 6.

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Wildig, Conlan.

Newport County: Day 8, Pipe 7, Nelson 6, O’Brien 6 (Barnum-Bobb 80), Butler 6, Owen-Evans 6, Bennett 7, Labadie 7, Rigg 7 (Demetriou 70), Samuel 8 (Williams 87), Bird 7.

Booked: O’Brien

Sub ratings: Demetriou n/a, Barnum-Bobb 8, Williams n/a.

Subs not used: Randall, Jackson, Bittner, Gordon.

Attendance: 1,080




Shrimps suffer comprehensive defeat against Yeovil

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Morecambe 1-3 Yeovil Town

Evans 53              Butcher 45+2

Lacey 65

Mugabi 71

Yeovil picked up their first win in nine games with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena this afternoon. Matt Butcher opened the scoring with an impressive strike just before half time, and Antony Evans equalised for Morecambe eight minutes into the second half. Further Yeovil goals from Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi sealed the win for the visitors later in the half.

Both sides started the game reasonably well. Morecambe had the first chance of the game with Kevin Ellison on the receiving end of a good ball from Michael Duckworth, – but he could only shoot straight at the keeper. Yeovil came very close to scoring two minutes later, when Ben Whitfield’s shot was pushed away by Roche before Bevis Mugabi’s header from the resultant corner was tipped over the bar.

In the eleventh minute Paul Mullin came close for Morecambe, connecting well from an impressive cross from the left only for his header to go straight into the hands of the keeper, – who just managed to keep the ball behind the line.

The game was rather scrappy for some of the first half, with little chances coming. The Shrimps’ next chance came in the 27th minute, with some good build up play from Antony Evans- only for the chance to go begging with Paul Mullin shooting straight at the keeper.

Shortly afterwards Yeovil came close, with Tom Eaves heading just wide on the end of a good cross coming from the right.

Morecambe came close on the brink of half time, with Lee Molyneux cutting inside from the left but his shot was met with a good save from Artur Krysiak.

Two minutes into added time Yeovil took the lead through Matt Butcher. Tom Eaves had a shot blocked by the defence, and the ball fell to Butcher who caught Roche off his line- lobbing him from around thirty yards out. The away side led 1-0 at half time.

Two minutes into the second half, Whitfield shot just wide for the away side whilst Molyneux had a shot parried away by the keeper just moments later at the other end.

Paul Mullin found himself through on goal in the 52nd minute only for him to shoot straight at the keeper. Moments later he made up for this- cutting through from the right and having a shot at the keeper which was saved, before Antony Evans netted home the rebound to put the Shrimps back on level terms.

Yeovil were back in front just thirteen minutes later, after some poor defending from the Shrimps. Ryan Edwards failed to clear his lines, instead gifting the ball to Alex Lacey who slotted home from a yard out.

Roche was forced to make a cracking diving save to his left to keep out Zoko’s acrobatic shot in the 71st minute, and before we knew it Yeovil had scored a third thanks to Bevis Mugabi’s easy header from the resultant corner.

It could’ve been 4-1 a few minutes later as Dawson hit the post for the visitors, before Zoko missed an open net- hitting the ball well over the bar.

Yeovil continued to impress in the final ten minutes, piling on the pressure whilst Morecambe stumbled. Matt Butcher almost had his second goal of the afternoon, but his long range shot was saved by Roche to his right before Tom Eaves shot wide in an effort where he should’ve done much better.

Yeovil’s victory means that they sit in 17th on 43 points in League 2, whilst the Shrimps remain in 15th with 46 points. Up next for the Shrimps is Newport at home on Tuesday night, whilst Yeovil face Barnet away from home on Wednesday.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Whitmore 5, Edwards 6, Winnard 5, Duckworth 5, Murphy 4 (c), Wildig 5, Molyneux 6, Evans 8 (Turner 78), Mullin 6, Ellison 4 (Jordan 78).

Sub ratings: Turner n/a, Jordan 6.

Booked: Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, McGowan, Conlan, Fleming.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak 7, Shephard 6, Mugabi 7, Lacey 7, Dickson 6, Dolan 7, Lawless 6 (Butcher 44), Dawson 7, Whitfield 9, Eaves 7, Zoko 6.

Sub rating: Butcher 8.

Booked: Butcher

Subs not used: Maddison, Sowunmi, Bassett, Akpa-Akpro, James, Harrison.

Attendance: 1,433





Morecambe suffer first away defeat of 2017

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Sky Bet League 2

Blackpool 3-1 Morecambe

Cullen 14         Evans 83
Potts 54
Edwards og 80

Morecambe suffered their first away defeat of 2017 today, losing 3-1 to local rivals Blackpool.

Mark Cullen opened the scoring for the Seasiders, and he was backed up with a goal from Brad Potts early in the second half. A Ryan Edwards own goal put the game to bed for Gary Bowyer’s side in the 80th minute, whilst the Shrimps got one back through Antony Evans in the 83rd minute- but it came too late to mount a successful comeback.

It was a rather scrappy start to the game, with both sides having half chances but there wasn’t really any stand out ones.

Blackpool did however take the lead in the 14th minute, through Mark Cullen. Brad Potts made a good run on the right hand side and put a good ball in towards Cullen, who headed home from close range.

Two minutes later, Potts had a chance of his own- going through on goal but his shot was saved by Roche to his right.

In the 24th minute, Morecambe came close through Michael Duckworth- whose shot was blocked on the end of a corner.

Blackpool had two great chances to double their lead shortly afterwards. Colin Daniel forced Roche into a good save to his left following a good run in the 25th minute, whilst Potts really should’ve scored when he got past Whitmore easily only for his shot across goal to go just wide in the 28th minute.

Morecambe had a good spell of play towards the end of the half, but they didn’t take their chances. Paul Mullin forced Dean Lyness into a good save to his left from close range, before Whitmore had a shot blocked in the 38th minute. From the resultant corner, Edwards came reasonably close- but his attempt went over the bar. Blackpool led 1-0 at half time.

In the second half, the Shrimps started well showing good attacking intent but they didn’t have many chances. In the 54th minute, Fleming provided some promising play going forward but then he was brought down and Blackpool hit the away side on the counter attack. Brad Potts made a great run and he buried the ball in the bottom-left, leaving Roche with no chance, and doubling his side’s lead.

The home side really should’ve made it 3-0 ten minutes later, when Murphy gifted the ball to Flores only for him to shoot straight at Roche despite being one-on-one.

Morecambe started to pile on the pressure, and in the 69th minute Mullin hit the ball just over the bar with a good effort.

The Shrimps’ best chance of the half without scoring came four minutes later when substitute Rhys Turner made a great run on the right-hand side and put in a good ball but Mullin sliced it just wide of the mark.

Blackpool had another promising chance to score in the 79th minute when Armand Gnanduillet came one-on-one with Roche, but he failed to beat the veteran shot-stopper. The Seasiders did get a third moments later however, when Bright Osayi-Samuel did some great work on the left to get past Duckworth and his shot deflected off Edwards on its way in.

Morecambe got a goal back in the 83rd minute through Antony Evans. Substitute Aaron McGowan made a great run on the right, and he provided a good ball to Mullin- whose shot was blocked before substitute Antony Evans smashed home the rebound from close range to score his first goal in professional football.

The away side looked to pile on the pressure towards the end in order to mount a comeback, but they didn’t really test the Blackpool defence. The only time they really tested them towards the death was when Ryan Edwards had a shot straight at the keeper in the second minute of added time. Blackpool took their chances and that is why they won the game at the end of the day.

The result means that the Seasiders move up to 11th in the League 2 table, whilst the Shrimps move down to 15th. Blackpool face Plymouth Argyle away from home next on Tuesday night, whilst the Shrimps are next in action at home to Yeovil in a week’s time.

Blackpool: Lyness 7, Aimson 7, Aldred 8 (c), Robertson 7, Mellor 7, Potts 8, Payne 7 (Black 84), Flores 7 (Osayi-Samuel 67), Daniel 8, Cullen 8 (Gnanduillet 73), Delfouneso 6.

Booked: Daniel

Sub ratings: Black n/a, Osayi-Samuel 8, Gnanduillet 6.

Subs not used: Nolan, Boney, Odelusi, Correia.

Morecambe: Roche 6, Wakefield 6 (Turner 60), Edwards 7, Whitmore 5, Duckworth 5, Fleming 5 (McGowan 74), Murphy 5, Wildig 7 (Evans 79), Molyneux 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Booked: Roche and Murphy

Sub ratings: Turner 7, McGowan 7, Evans 6

Subs not used: Winnard, Nizic, Conlan, Jordan.

Attendance: 3,453 (786 away)