Shrimps suffer second successive 1-0 defeat
AFC WIMBLEDON 1
MORECAMBE suffered a second successive 1-0 defeat when they were undone by a first half goal from Ade Akinfenwa.
The oiant striker scored the only goal of the game in the 27th minute when he was left unmarked in the Shrimps' box to head home a left wing cross from Alan Bennett.
Boss Jim Bentley made five changes to the side that lost narrowly at Mansfield in midweek and they were soon on the back foot when Danny Bulman tested Barry Roche with a shot from 25 yards in the third minute of the game and Akinfenwa went close with a fine volley on the turn which sailed inches wide of the left hand post.
The home side’s pressure continued with George Francomb firing into the side netting at the far post and Bennett failing to find the target when left free in the box.
Morecambe found some fluidity towards the end of the half and had a penalty appeal turned down when Paul Mullin’s shot was blocked before Ryan Williams tested James Shea with a superb 40 yard free kick that was heading for the top right hand corner.
The second half saw Akinfenwa go close to a second with a stinging shot on the turn that was turned away by Roche at full stretch.
Morecambe’s first effort of note came on 68 minutes when Kevin Ellison teed up Mullin but his shot was parried over the bar by Shea.
The young striker was then guilty of missing the Shrimps’ best chance six minutes from time when he had an open goal six yards out but somehow headed wide of the target.
It proved to be a vital miss as the Dons claimed the three points.
Wimbledon: Shea; Fuller, Barrett, Bennett, Harrison; Francomb, Bulman, Moore, Rigg (rep Kennedy 85), Azeez (rep Beere 80), Akinfenwa. Subs not used: McDonnell, Phillips, Nicholson, Sainte-Luce, Frampton.
Morecambe: Roche; Beeley, Parrish, Edwards, Widdowson; Kenyon, Goodall (rep Redshaw 60); Amond, Williams, Ellison; Mullin: Subs not used: Arestidou, Hughes, Wright, Sampson, McCready, McGowan.
Ref: D Drysdale.