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MATCH REPORT: Stevenage 2-1 Morecambe

23 September 2017

MORECAMBE suffered their second away defeat of the season when they went down 2-1 at the Lamex Stadium.

A goal from Stevenage substitute Kyle Wooton just seconds after coming onto the pitch was enough to give the home side the points.

Shrimps' boss Jim Bentley made just one change to the side that beat Newport last week with skipper Michel Rose being recalled for Elliott Osborne but it was Stevenage who struck first when they took the lead in the 25th minute through Matt Godden.

The striker, who had gone close on two occasions early in the game was played in behind the Morecambe defence down the left hand side and his shot took a deflection off Max Muller and beat Barry Roche.

The Shrimps were level 10 minutes later with a well worked set piece. Michael Rose swung in a pinpoint free kick from the left hand side and Steven Old nipped ahead of his marker to head past Joe Fryer from six yards for his first goal in Morecambe colours.

Morecambe went close to taking the lead on 41 minutes when Kevin Ellison raced onto another fine Rose cross but saw his effort go inches wide of the left hand post.

The home side were the better after the break however and created a number of openings with Ronnie Henry firing wide from the right hand side when he should have done better and Godden drew a fine save from Roche before Wooton struck the decisive goal on 65 minutes with virtually his first touch of the game. The big striker received the ball with his back to goal but turned smartly and struck his low shot past Roche.

Stevenage pressed for a third with Tom Pett seeing a shot cleared off the line by Aaron McGowan and Godden again denied by Roche before the Shrimps laid siege to the home goal with Fryer saving superbly from McGowan’s long range effort and a late Vadain Oliver header that was heading for the top corner.

Callum Lang had a great claim for a penalty turned down when he got the better of Fraser Franks and seemed to be tripped and Rose curled a late effort over the bar but despite the late pressure the Shrimps could not find the goal they needed to take a share of the spoils.

Stevenage: Fryer, Henry, Franks, Vancooten, Martin, Pett, Gorman, Smith, Kennedy, Godden (rep Samuel 84), Newton (rep Wooton 65). Subs not used: Day, Whelpdale, Beautyman, Conlan, Toner.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Muller, Old, Brough, Kenyon (rep Lang 60), Wildig, Ellison, Rose, McGurk (rep Oliver 41), Thompson (rep Campbell 77).
Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Osborne, Lavelle.

Ref: J Busby.

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