Match Report


Wed 22 Feb 12

MORECAMBE picked up an excellent point against Crawley at the Broadfield Stadium.

The Shrimps were forced to defend bravely for much of the second half but held on to extend their excellent run of form away from home.

Jim Bentley's side started well and took the lead on 20 minutes when Andy Fleming flashed a half volley past Rene Gilmartin from 10 yards out. The Shrimps then had a great chance to make it 2-0 when Danny Carlton was put through by Fleming but he missed the target when he should have at least tested Gilmartin.

He was almost made to pay moments later when a Kyle McFadzean header was superbly saved by Barry Roche who then made another excellent block from Billy Clarke's long range effort.

The second half belonged to the home side who dominated the game from the moment substitute Scott Neilson levelled the scores on 48 minutes with a volley from the edge of the box. The Shrimps defence then had to throw their bodies on the line to make some vital blocks with Clarke going close with a curler from the edge of the box.

Morecambe's best chance of picking up the three points came on 79 minutes when young striker Jordan Burrow turned sharply in the box but saw his effort cleared off the line by Dean Howell.

Crawley: Gilmartin; Akpan, Howell, Davies, McFadzean; Torres, Mills, Bulman, Hawley; Clarke, Watt. Subs: Kuipers, Simpson, Akinde, Batt, Neilsen.

Morecambe: Roche; Parrish, Fenton, McCready, Wilson; Hunter, Fleming, McDonald; Carlton, Price, Alessandra. Subs: Kettings, Drummond, Ellison, Reid, Burrow.

Ref: J Adcock.

    Data provided by Press Association

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