Match Report

 

Fri 24 Jun 16

Morecambe suffered a record breaking fifth successive home defeat as they went down 2-0 to Stevenage at the Gllobe Arena.

Goals in each half from Stevenage’s Matt Godden and Ben Kennedy saw the Shrimps slip to another home defeat on another frustrating afternoon for the home fans.

Boss Jim Bentley named an unchanged team from that which won at Notts County in midweek and he stuck with the 3-4-1-2 formation that picked up three points at Nots County in midweek.

James Jennings and Cole Stockton both had early efforts blocked for the Shrimps before Lee Molyneux came within inches of opening the scoring on 25 minutes. Stevenage keeper Jamie Jones failed to deal with a cross and Molyneux struck an effort against the bar with the ball rebounding to safety.

The visitors hadn’t really threatened but they were gifted the opening goal of the game eight minutes before the break when Dale Gorman was given far too much time and space to cross from the right for the unmarked Matt Godden to head past Barry Roche.

Roche could do nothing about the second goal however on 57 minutes when Ben Kennedy curled an unstoppable effort beyond Roche from 25 yards.

It could have been worse but for Roche, who did superbly to keep out Charlie Lee’s close-range header.

The Shrimps were handed a lifeline with time running out as Lee handled inside the area but Paul Mullin could only smash his spot-kick against Jones’ left-hand upright. Having failed to test Jones for much of the game, the Stevenage keeper was finally called into action in added time. He tipped over Kevin Ellison’s effort and denied Peter Murphy from the subsequent corner as the visitors claimed their first away win of the season.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Barkhuizen, Fleming, Rose (Murphy 74), Jennings (Conlan 60), Molyneux (Mullin 60), Stockton, Ellison. Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Massanka, Yawson.

Stevenage: Jones, Henry, Franks, Wilkinson, Ntlhe, Gorman, King, Lee, Cowans, Godden (Liburd 83), Kennedy (Hyde 83). Subs not used: Day, Fox, Schumacher, Pett, Tonge.

Referee: Richard Clark.

Attendance: 1,212.

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