Hugely entertaining Shrimps side fall to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wrexham
Morecambe Res 1
Wrexham Res 2
In an hugely entertaining clash at the Globe Arena, a strong Shrimps 'side fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wrexham.
Morecambe began positively but Wrexham opened the scoring through Dan Holman.
The Welshmen added another 15 minutes later with Robbie Evans netting arguably the goal of the game. A Ryan Edwards strike on the hour mark gave the Shrimps some hope, but the visitors held out for the win.
Morecambe flew out of the traps early on and had the first chance off the game through Ryan Williams after he got in behind the Wrexham defence, but his effort was well saved by Louis Gray in the visitors’ goal.
The Shrimps did not take a backward step throughout the opening 15 minutes, pushing men forward and enjoying the majority of possession, producing a chance for Declan Watson who’s curling drive from the edge of the area was cleared off the line.
But it was Wrexham who scored the first goal of the game on 26 minutes through on loan Colchester man, Dan Holman, who found himself in space after some good build-up play and, from 18 yards out, lifted a delicate lob over Will Kitchen in the Morecambe goal to give his side the lead.
Soon after, Jack Sampson had a half chance with a looping header and Kitchen was on hand to keep out a second Wrexham goal with a good save from a close-range volley.
Then, as Morecambe’s passing game became ragged, the men from north Wales took advantage with a second goal as Robbie Evans scored a screamer from 30 yards, smashing the ball to Kitchen’s right after manufacturing some space for himself in midfield.
The second half began tightly with neither side getting on top until the hour mark when Morecambe finally reduced the arrears.
It was Ryan Edwards who got the goal, hitting a half volley from inside the area after Wrexham failed to clear a corner.
The goal seemed to give the Shrimps a new lease of life and they almost had a superb equaliser from captain Aaron McGowan who skilfully turned a defender before unleashing a dangerous 35 yard drive towards goal, only for it to skim the top of the crossbar.
Padraig Amond was the next to try his luck with his deflected effort bouncing off the inside of the post and away to safety and the woodwork on the visitors’ goal was tested once again soon after.
As the minutes ticked down, the game really opened up and Kitchen was forced into a couple of superb saves which kept the game alive, but the hosts couldn’t capitalise on some half chances which followed and Wrexham returned home with a hard fought victory.
MORECAMBE: Will Kitchen; Will Beesley, Chris Doyle, Ryan Edwards, Aaron McGowan; Alex Kenyon (rep Thomas 76), Andy Wright, Ryan Williams; Declan Watson, Jack Sampson, Padraig Amond.
Booked: Ryan Edwards.