Shrimps suffer another Stanley defeat
MORECAMBE’S poor record against Accrington continued with another defeat at the Crown Ground.
In a game devoid of chances and low of quality Accrington took the lead on 28 minutes with a fortunate goal from right back Peter Murphy. The home side’s form man Lee Molyneux tried his luck with a 30 yard free kick that hit Murphy’s outstretched leg and flew past the stranded Barry Roche.
Morecambe started brightly with Andy Fleming testing Paul Rachubka from distance and Jordan Burrow volleying towards the goal but they struggled to find a way past a resolute home defence.
Jim Bentley’s side started the second half much brighter but any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Stanley scored a breakaway second just before the hour.
Gary McDonald lost the ball in midfield and Rommy Boco took full advantage with a fine run of goal. After breezing past several weak challenged his shot was blocked but Padraig Amond was in the right place at the right time to score from close range.
From there Stanley shut up shot and held Morecambe at bay all too easily.
The Shrimps only had one chance of note when with seven minutes to go Kevin Ellison was put through on goal by Robbie Threlfall but the normally reliable striker blasted his final shot well over the bar and any chances of a comeback were dashed.
Stanley almost added a third in the last minute with a superb overhead kick that sailed inches over the bar.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY: Rachubka; Murphy, Joyce, Winnard, Wilson; Joyce, Linganzi, Molyneux (rep Liddle 88), Boco; Hatfield (rep Lindfield 76), Amond (rep Beattie 86). Subs not used: Dunbavin, Miller, Hunt, Gray.
MORECAMBE: Roche; Wright, Haining (rep Doyle 30), McCready, Threlfall; Drummond, Fleming, McDonald (rep Williams 69), Ellison; Redshaw, Burrow (rep Holroyd 69). Subs not used: Arestidou, McGee, Mwasile, McGowan.
Ref: D Coote.