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26 September 2017

Match Reports


26 September 2017

MORECAMBE shared the spoils with Luton in a Globe Arena game that had everything but goals.

Both sides played some excellent football in a really entertaining game but both sides defended superbly to keep clear cut chances at a minimum.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley had asked his side to be more ruthless in defence after their 2-1 defeat at Stevenage on Saturday and his request was granted with a solid display that kept the league’s top scorers at bay and earned a second clean sheet of the season.

Bentley made four changes to the side that went down at Stevenage with Mitchell Lund, Vadaine Oliver, Adam Campbell and Elliot Osborne all recalled.

Both sides went close with Barry Roche producing a stunning first half save from Dan Potts just before the break and Morecambe substitute Callum Lang inches away from his first Football League goal with a 90th minute header that looped inches over the net.

Luton shaded the chances with in the first half with Morecambe keeper Roche making a fine save on 36 minutes from a Harry Cornick snapshot before saving Potts’s volley from 10 yards out.

Luton keeper Marek Stetch was called into action himself on 33 minutes he tipped over a fierce drive from Adam Campbell at full stretch. The keeper also did well to smother a Vadaine Oliver from a Mitchell Lund cross before Steve Old headed over another well placed Rose free kick.

The visitors started the second half the brighter with Danny Hylton seeing a shot superbly blocked by Patrick Brough before the Shrimps had a good penalty claim waved away when Adam Campbell was bundled over clumsily in the box by Potts.

The teams then shared chances with Luke Gambin and Glen Rea firing over from distance and James Collins seeing a neat shot on the turn easily smothered by Roche.

The Shrimps then ended the game on top with Kevin Ellison drawing another excellent save from Stech from a close range shot before fellow substitute Andy Fleming forced another excellent defensive block, this time from Glen Rea.

Both sides pushed for the win in the final stages with Potts fizzing a left foot shot from the edge of the box inches wide of the left hand post before Lang headed just over from Fleming;s cross after the move of the game

Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Muller, Brough, Rose, Osborne (rep Fleming 60), Thompson, Wildig (rep Ellison 38) , Campbell (rep Lang 76), Oliver. Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Lavelle, Kenyon.

Luton: Stech, Stacey, Cuthbert, Sheehan, Potts, Lee, Rea, Gambin, Cornick (rep Cook 81), Collins (rep Jarvis 87), Hylton. Subs not used: Shea, Justin, Senior, Musonda, Famewo.

Ref: D Handley.

Att: 1,354

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