Match Report: Notts County 2-2 Morecambe
THE SHRIMPS picked up a point at Meadow Lane this afternoon.
Goals from Shaun Miller and Kevin Ellison had put The Shrimps in command but two goals from Izale McLeod gave the Magpies, the side with the best home record in League 2, a point.
It was a frantic start as both sides went close early on.
Barry Roche had already kept out Elliott Hewitt's cross-cum-shot with a strong right hand before three chances came in the space on 60 seconds five minutes in.
Roy Carroll kept out Miller's header from a Tom Barkhuizen cross before from the resultant corner Ellison saw a deflected effort come back off the post with the former Manchester United goalkeeper beaten.
The Magpies went straight up the other end however and Roche was again called into action, producing a sharp low save as Jon Stead diverted a Hewitt cross goalwards.
It was the Shrimps who struck first as they went in front on eight minutes after a flowing move..
Jamie Devitt picked up the ball and played a defence-splitting pass that found Miller who rounded beyond Carroll smartly before putting the ball into the empty net.
The Shrimps doubled their lead on 23 minutes.
Miller, brimming with confidence after his goal, danced past a couple of challenges before being brought down in the area by Thierry Audel.
The striker's spot kick was saved low to his right by Carroll but Ellison reacted quickest to fire home the rebound.
County hit back and had a great chance to level on 38 minutes when McLeod was put through one on one but Barry Roche saved superbly.
The Shrimps weren't without chances of their own but Laurence Wilson, Miller and Barkhuizen couldnt direct efforts goalwards towards the end of the half.
Then just as the opening 45 minutes seemed to be drifting to a close County changed the complexion of the game.
Graham Burke whipped in a vicious, in-swinging cross with McLeod on hand at the back post to chest the ball home.
The next goal was always going to be crucial and Stead came close to getting it early in the second half but Roche beat away his low shot from the edge of the area.
County were in the ascendancy and Roche was again called into action on 54 minutes, this time keeping out a well-struck effort from Burke.
The pressure continued to build with the leveller coming on 63 minutes.
Audel rose highest to meet a corner with his header goalwards being flicked home by McLeod from close range to complete the comeback.
Having come back from the brink County went in search of a winner, Roche beating away Stead's first-time shot after a flowing move 20 minutes from time before Burke fired a shot into the side netting.
But the Shrimps had chances of their own with Shaun Beeley drilling a 90th minute effort inches wide of the right hand post.
Notts County: Carroll, Hewitt, Audel, Edwards, Milsom, Campbell, Smith, Aborah, Burke (Spencer 82), Stead, McLeod. Subs not used: Loach, Amevor, Murray, Thompson, Jenner, Atkinson.
Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, Edwards, Dugdale, Wilson, Murphy, Fleming, Barkhuizen, Devitt (Goodall 90), Ellison (Wildig 52), Miller (Mullin 78). Subs not used: Thompson, Molyneux, Forrester, Parrish.
Booked: Dugdale, Miller
Referee: Rob Lewis.
Attendance: 4,956 (151 Morecambe)