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21 October 2017

Match Reports


21 October 2017

THE Shrimps picked up a well earned point at a wet and windy Globe Arena.

Morecambe, who made three changes to the side that lost to Port Vale in midweek, had the better of the chances that came on a tough day for both sets of players but unfortunately failed to score for the fourth home game running.

Dean Winnard, Michael Rose and Aaron Wildig came back into the side with Garry Thompson, Max Muller and Rhys Turner making way.

The change in personnel also meant a switch in formation with the Shrimps moving to a back three with Adam McGurk pushed up front alongside Vadaine Oliver.

Chances were always at a premium but Morecambe always looked the more likely to break the deadlock against a side who had lost just once in eight games.

Adam McGurk was the first to try his luck with a 30-yard free-kick which was comfortably held by Town keeper James McKeown.

The same two players went head to head moments later when the best passing move of the game ended with McKeown tipping behind McGurk’s first-time attempt after good combination play between Luke Conlan, Vadaine Oliver and Aaron Wildig. James Berrett and Sam Jones were both off target at the other end but it was the home side who continued to have more of the attacking play.

Vadaine Oliver could have hit the target twice from close range, firstly prodding a yard wide of McKeown’s left-hand upright and then heading over from eight yards out. Alex Kenyon also volleyed over before Luke Summerfield’s off-target shot for the visitors brought the first half to a close.

The second half saw McKeown in action again with a neat save from Michael Rose's long range effort and Steven Old saw a header cleared off the line.

At the other end, Morecambe keeper Barry Roche was largely restricted to dealing with crosses as he wasn’t seriously tested by the visitors. Another Luke Summerfield effort that went off target was as near as they achieved as both sides ended with a point apiece.

Morecambe: Roche, Winnard, Old, Kenyon, McGowan, Fleming, Rose, Conlan, Wildig (E Osborne 75), Oliver, McGurk (Thompson 69). Subs not used: Nizic, Brough, Campbell, Lavelle, Lang.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Clarke, Collins, Dixon, Dembele (Jalyesimi 70), Summerfield, Berrett, Woolford, Jones (Hooper 79), Vernon. Subs not used: Killip, Mills, K Osborne, Bolarinwa, Matt.

Referee: Ben Toner. Attendance: 1,525.

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