Match Report


Sat 01 Oct 11

Kevin Ellison earned the Shrimps a well earned point in this tough game at Plainmoor.

Ellison scored with a superb individual effort on 81 minutes to bring the Shrimps back into the game at Torquay had taken the lead just past the hour.

Ellison took the ball from inside his own half and went on a superb run that took him past Kevin Nicholson and round home keeper Bobby Olejnik before he slotted into the empty net.

Ellison then could have given the Shrimps all three points two minutes later but he blasted over from close range after a great lay off from Garry Hunter.

Torquay also had a great chance to take the points when Billy Bodin was free at the far post but saw his 87th minute header superbly saved by Barry Roche.

The home side took the lead in the 63rd minute when Lee Mansell stole into the penalty area and latched on to a loose ball to drill a left foot shot past Barry Roche an dinto the bottom left hand corner.

Torquay created the better chances in the opening 45 minutes and could have scored in the opening seconds when Taiwo Atieno had a chance to turn in the box but shot straight at Barry Roche.

The home side then had a good shout for a penalty five minutes later turned down with Chris Robertson argued that he had been held in the box by NickFenton.

The Shrimps hit back with Danny Carlton and Kevin Ellison testing Robert Olejnik from distance before the home side ended the half on top with Fenton producing a vital last gasp clearance.

Torquay's Billy Bodin came closest to breaking the deadlock in injury time when he saw a shot deflected onto the crossbar with Roche beaten.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley recalls Andy Fleming to the starting line up for the trip to Torquay.

Fleming comes in for Izak Reid who drops to the bench. Will Haining and Phil Jevons return to the squad but have to be content with a place on the bench.

Torquay: Olejnik; Oastler, Saah, Robertson, Nicholson; Mansell, O'Kane, Lathrope; Bodin, Atieno, Morris. Subs: Rice, Ellis, Macklin, McPhee, Stevens.

Morecambe: Roche: Parrish, Fenton, McCready, Wilson; Fleming, Drummond, Hunter: Ellison, Carlton, Price. Subs: Routledge, Charnock, Jevons, Haining, Reid.

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