MORECAMBE followed up Tuesday’s defeat against Crewe with a fine draw at Carlisle.
The Shrimps came from behind with a Steve Old goal levelling Kelvin Etuhu’s opener and they could have taken all three points If Adam Campbell had scored a late penalty.
Boss Jim Bentley made three changes to the side that lost against Crewe with Aaron Wildig, Mitchell Lund and Campbell all coming into the side and the Shrimps dominated the game for long periods.
The first half saw Morecambe dominate possession for long periods and create several half chances,
Kevin Ellison was almost played in in the first minute by Wildig’s cross but he couldn’t get the power he needed on his header to test Jack Bonham.
Ellison repaid the favour when he set up Wildig on 15 minutes with a ball behind the back four but Bonham did well to stay on his feet and save the midfielder’s final shot from the angle.
The best Morecambe chance fell to Adam McGurk on 39 minutes when he was played in on the right bur could only find the side netting with his final shot.
Carlisle threatened briefly but did have the ball in the back of the net on 16 minutes when Hallam Hope slotted home the rebound after Barry Roche had saved Reggie Lambe’s effort but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Carlisle upped the pace at the start of the second half and they took the lead with a long range Kelvin Etuhu strike on 51 minutes. The Carlisle midfielder tried his luck from distance and the ball beat Barry Roche to his left.
The Shrimps hit back though with Steven Old levelling 18 minutes from time. The ball bounced around the edge of the Carlisle box with Andy Fleming’s miscued shot bouncing into the path of Old who made no mistake from close range.
The chance to win the game came on 83 minutes when Carlisle keeper Jack Bonham brought down Sam Lavelle but Campbell struck the spot kick against the crossbar and the Shrimps had to settle for a well earned point.
Carlisle: Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger, Lambe (rep Devitt 78), Joyce, Jones (rep O’Sullivan 65), Etuhu, Hope, Bennett (rep Miller 65). Subs not used: George, T Miller, Parkes, Cosgrove.
Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Lavelle, Brough, Fleming, Kenyon, Campbell, Wildig (rep Lang 88), Ellison (rep Oliver 89), McGurk (rep Thompson 70). Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Muller, Rose.
Ref: D Handley.