Match Report


Wed 23 Mar 11

By Stefan Mackley Ten-man Morecambe suffered a 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Macclesfield at the Globe Arena, as The Shrimps struggled to get on terms with the away side. The result leaves the club still dangerously close to the drop zone, despite last weekend's 2-1 win over Barnet. It was the away side that started the brighter of the two sides, as poor defending by Kieran Charnock allowed Tyrone Barnett through on goal after only a few minutes. The strikers pulled back effort into the box however, failed to reach another Macclesfield player as Morecambe regrouped. Moments later and Reid had an effort just over the cross-bar before Hamza Bencherif had a shot well saved by Joe Anyon, as the visitors remained very much on the front foot. It was all over for captain Paul Morgan after 12 minutes, as the Macclesfield skipper was forced to come off with a badly damaged arm and was replaced by Carl Tremarco. By this stage The Shrimps had begun to get back into the game with a headed effort from Danny Carlton going straight into the arms of Jose Veiga in the Macclesfield goal. Morecambe arguably should have taken the lead through Andrew Fleming, but his left footed effort was inches wide of the post after 20 minutes. There were other chances for the hosts to take the lead, as a Wilson free-kick was only narrowly missed by Charnock at the back post and Fleming's driving run into the box was almost met by James Spencer at the near post. Kevin Hurst's 25yard effort also came close, but was unable to find the back of the net. Then a moment of magic from Hamza Bencherif as the midfielder swivelled and drove a looping shot into the Morecambe net to give the away side the lead at half-time. Macclesfield almost doubled their lead at the restart, but Fleming's goal-line clearance from Emile Sinclair kept the score at 1-0. Ten minutes later though and it was 2-0 as Barnett headed in a cross from deep to put The Silkmen into a commanding lead. The homes side still remained in the game and Morecambe grabbed a goal back thanks to Spencer after terrific work by Laurence Wilson on the left, who supplied the killer cross. Carlton almost levelled the scores but his effort was tipped over the bar on 72 minutes as Zack Aley was brought on for his first competitive game for Morecambe. All hope of a comeback was dashed when Stuart Drummond was sent off for a second booking one minute from time, as Morecambe crashed to yet another home defeat. Morecambe: Anyon; Parrish, McCready, Charnock, Capaldi; Hurst, Drummond, Fleming, Wilson; Carlton, Spencer. Subs: Walker, Holdsworth, Shuker, Jevons, Wainwright, Brown, Aley.  Macclesfield: Veiga; Gray, Brown, Morgan, Diagne; Reid, Bencherif, Draper, Daniel, Sinclair, Barnett. Subs: Cudworth, Tremarco, Chalmers, Sappleton, Mukendi, Lowe, Roberts. Referee: Mr J Moss
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