Shrimps lose to 10 men Pool
A SHOCKING second half display saw Morecambe slump to an important defeat against fellow strugglers Hartlepool.
The Shrimps looked set for a vital win when they lead 1-0 on the hour and with the home side reduced to 10 men after Simon Walton's sendiing off but they crumbled under some intense pressure from the home side and shipped two goals and the three points on offer suffered a shocking defeat
But the red card lifted the home side who went on to dominate the game.
As Morecambe sat back home substitute Jack Compton fired Hartlepool level with a superb shot to beat Barry Roche low to his left from 25 yards.
And there was better to come for the home side 10 minutes from time when they shocked the Shrimps with a second.
Jonathan Franks’s shot from the edge of the box was only parried by Roche and the ball fell perfectly for substitute Jack Barmby to drill the rebound into the empty goal.
Morecambe finally showed some spirit to hit back with Jordan Muston and Mark Hughes firing inches wide but it was Hartlepool who went closest to scoring when Franks was denied by a superb Roche save after an initial shot came back off the Morecambe crossbar.
minute with his first goal in eight games. Andy Parrish swung over a cross from the right and Ellison did well to direct a looping effort over home keeper Scott Flinders. The Shrimps went close in the final stages with Mark Hughes, JOrdan Mustoe and Jack Redshaw all going close but it was too little too late as Hartlepool ended their run of six successive defeats.thKevin Ellison gave Morecambe the advantage in the 24
Hartlepool: Flinders, Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Holden, Walton, Walker, Monkhouse (rep Barmby 79), Poole (rep Compton 61), Harewood, Franks. Subs not used: Rafferty, Richards, Jones, Oliver, Hawkins.
Morecambe: Roche, Beeley (rep Diagne 49, rep Amond 84), Hughes, Parrish, Edwards, Mustoe, Kenyon, Wright, Devitt, Ellison, Sampson (rep Redshaw 69). Subs not used: Threlfall, Williams, Marshall, Arestidou.
Ref: S Duncan