MORECAMBE'S miserable run of form against close rivals Accrington Stanley continued with a poor defeat.
A late goal from Jimmy Ryan saw Accrington clinch their sixth win from seven games against Morecambe in the Football League and also gave John Coleman's side their first away win of the season.
The midfielder struck with a superb 25 yard effort seven minutes from time to see Stanley maintain their stranglehold over Morecambe and stun the home fans who were hoping to see their side follow up their excellent win over league leaders Port Vale last time out.
Accrington started the game in style and took an early lead through skipper Phil Edwards with a 17th minute penalty. Kieran Charnock brought down Terry Gornell with a misjudged tackle in the area and Edwards took full advantage as he blasted the penalty straight down the middle to beat Barry Roche.
Morecambe levelled eight minutes later when defender Chris McCready
scored his first goal for the Shrimps. Craig Stanley swung in an excellent free kick from the left and McCready was unmarked as he headed past Ian Dunbavin from six yards out.
Charnock went close to giving Morecambe the lead with a header from another dangerous Stanley set piece before the break and Edwards came close to scoring a second himself from a similar effort.
The second half was a drab affair with a draw looking the favoured outcome until Ryan struck his fifth league goal of the campaign.
&nbsp;Morecambe: Roche, Parrish, McCready, Charnock, Hunter, Wilson; Stanley, Drummond , Brown; Spencer,&nbsp;Mullin.
Subs: Bentley, Rundle, Shuker, Capaldi, Fleming, Duffy, Walker.
Accrington: Dunbavin; Winnard, Edwards, Long, Jacobson;Barnett, Proctor, Ryan, Craney, McConville, Gornell.
Subs: Cisak; Hessey, Putterill, Richardson, Joyce, Murphy, Boulding.