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SHRIMPS VICTORIOUS IN FRIENDLY V BLACKPOOL

5 February 2019

THE Shrimps enjoyed a good behind closed doors friendly victory over Blackpool on Tuesday.

Goals in either half from Kevin Ellison and Rhys Oates proved to be the difference in a game played out in blustery and damp conditions at Squires Gate.

Blackpool caused early problems and had appeals for a penalty waved away early on after Nathan Shaw’s cross from the left hit the arm of defender Sam Lavelle, but the referee ruled it was accidental.

Jordan Cranston shot wide from a good opening before the Shrimps took the lead when Kevin Ellison took advantage of some lax Blackpool defending to lift the ball over goalkeeper Jack Sims and into the back of the net from close range.

Blackpool hit back with Kirby firing just wide of the top corner and Sorensen dragging an effort wide of the Morecambe goal.

On the stroke of half time Joe Dodoo saw a clever shot on the turn well saved by Mark Halstead.

Blackpool continued their strong spell of pressure at the start of the second half with former Shrimps’ loanee Antony Evans almost setting up a teammate after cutting the ball back across the face of the Morecambe goal after being played in down the left.

Blackpool had the better of the early exchanges with Kirby going close before Cranston curled a 25-yard free-kick just over the bar for the Shrimps before substitute Rhys Oates went close to doubling Morecambe’s lead with a looping shot that Sims did well to save.

Blackpool pushed men forwards in the dying moments as they searched for a late equaliser, but they were punished on the break as Rhys Oates doubled Morecambe’s lead with the last kick of the game, turning past his marker before firing low into the bottom corner.

Blackpool: Sims, Nottingham, Avon, Anderton, Shaw, Taylor, Virtue, Evans, Kirby, Dodoo, Sorensen

Morecambe: Halstead, Mills, Lavelle, Sutton, Conlan, Kenyon, Tutte, Mingoia, Ellison, Bennett, Cranston


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