Match Report

 

Sun 20 Mar 11

TWO goals from Danny Carlton earned Morecambe a win to ease their relegation fears. The Shrimps beat fellow strugglers Barnet to move nine points clear of the relegation zone with Carlton the hero with his first goals for the Shrimps since returning for a third spell. Morecambe started brightly with Carlton and strike partner Jimmy Spencer both testing Jake Cole in the opening minutes of the game as Morecambe looked sharp. Carlton was a constant threat and headed inches wide from a Stewart Drummond cross as Sammy McIlroy's side threatened. But Barnet always had a threat with Izale McLeod hitting the woodwork early in the game and drilling a shot wide in an open first half. And it was the Bees who struck first when Mark Byrne got the final touch to Sam Deering's dangerous cross to give the home side the lead. To their credit Morecambe bounced back quickly with Carlton continuing to be the main threat. After testing Cole again with a shot he brought the Shrimps level with a header from Drummond's excellent assist on 35 minutes. It was soon to be followed by another important strike seven minutes later with a fine strike from just inside the box to beat Cole low to his left and put Sammy McIlroy's side ahead. The second half saw Barnet produce the pressure in a desperate attempt to get level. The always threatening McLeod saw a shot well saved by Joe Anyon and the Morecambe keeper had to react sharply again a few moments later to block from Mark Hughes. The pressure continued to the end with desperate clearances from Drummond and Andy Fleming before Anyon saved well from Charlie Taylor as the Shrimps held on for a much needed win. Morecambe: Anyon; Parrish, McCready, Charnock, Capaldi; Wilson, Fleming, Drummond, Hurst (rep Brown 90); Spencer (rep Shuker 88), Carlton (rep Jevons 83). Subs not used: Walker (GK), Holdsworth, Wainwright, Aley. Booked: Spencer, Fleming. Barnet: Cole; Devera, Parkes, Kamdjo, Parsons; Hughes, Jarvis (rep Cox 62), Deering, Marshall (rep Vilhete 81); Byrne (rep Taylor 72), McLeod. Subs not used: Coulson, Yorke, Dunleavy, Pulis. Crowd - 2,510  
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