Morecambe avoid relegation with goalless draw at Coventry

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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).

Booked: Grimmer

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)


Barnet beat relegation rivals Morecambe to take the battle to the last day

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Morecambe 0-1 Barnet 

Nicholls 79

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).

Booked: Oliver

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).

Booked: Brindley

Subs not used: Clough, Bover, Payne, Legg.

Attendance: 2,073


Shrimps and Cumbrians share points again in exciting encounter

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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).

Booked: Conlan

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.

Booked: Devitt

Subs not used: Gray, O’Sullivan, Lambe, Twardek.

Attendance: 3,319



Goalless draw at Globe Arena as Shrimps and Imps endure tough physical battle

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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.

Attendance: 1,883

Late strike from Franks sees Morecambe and Stevenage share points

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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

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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