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3 October 2017

Match Reports


3 October 2017

MORECAMBE went down to their second Checkatrade Trophy defeat of the campaign with a 2-1 defeat against their League One rivals.

The Shrimps, who made seven changes to the side that lost at Exeter on Saturday, once again played some good football but went down by the odd goal in a game that epitomised the Shrimps' season so far.

The decisive moment of the game came on 73 minutes when the unfortunate Aaron McGowan diverted a Wes Burns cross that was flying across goal past his own goalkeeper Dan Nizic.

There was more than a touch of irony of to the goal as the first own goal of the game came from Godswill Ekpolo on 51 minutes when he somehow turned a McGowan shot that was heading for a throw in past a bemused looking Chris Neal.

Morecambe did have a late chance to get something from the game when Reece Deakin was played in on goal but he hesitated and Nathan Pond was able to provide a covering tackle.

Fleetwood took the lead with a quality strike on 25 minutes. Wes Burns received the ball 25 yards out and with hardly any back lift let fly with a right foot shot that flew past Dan Nizic and into the right hand corner of the Morecambe goal.

The Shrimps were almost undone again by a second wonder strike on the stroke of half time. Bailey Cargill tried his luck with a 30 yard left foot shot that dipped viciously and hit the crossbar with Nizic again beaten but the sheer pace of the shot.

Morecambe played some decent football in the first period without creating too many openings. The best chance came on 35 minutes when Adam Campbell played in Rhys Turner with a perfectly weighted through ball but Turner's first touch took him away from goal and the chance went begging.

As the Shrimps pushed forward they were denied a good shout for a penalty when the ball seemed to strike Harvey Rodgers on the arm but the claims were waved away.

Fleetwood: Neal, Rodgers, Bolger (rep Pond 46), Cargill, Ekpolo, Maguire, O'Neill (rep Nadesan 69), Schwabl, Sowerby, Hunter (rep Hiwula 83), Burns. Subs not used: Cairns, Nirennold, Biggins, Donohue.

Morecambe: Nizic, McGowan, Lavelle, Muller, Conlan, Rose, Kenyon, Campbell, Fleming, Deakin, Turner. Subs not used: Maher, Brough, Yawson, Jordan.

Ref: E Ilderton.

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