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23 February 2019

Match Reports


23 February 2019

Morecambe failed to make it three straight wins as they were undone by the league leaders Lincoln City at the Globe Arena.

Bruno Andrade was Lincoln’s goal hero with a goal in either half as the visitors secured their first win in five games.

Jim Bentley named an unchanged starting XI for the third straight game, with Kevin Ellison starting on his 40th birthday, but his side did look leggy and Lincoln started the game on the front foot.

And they were rewarded when Andrade gave the Imps an 11th minute lead. Jordan Cranston’s pass sold Alex Kenyon short, allowing Mark O’Hara to nip in and play the ball across to Andrade.

He was allowed into the area, and with Luke Conlan backing off, Andrade curled a shot past Mark Halstead and in off the underside of the bar.

Andrade and John Akinde had further opportunities before Morecambe finally woke from their collective slumber as the half-hour ticked by.

Quick thinking from a corner saw Conlan’s shot blocked before Kevin Ellison had a header easily collected and Cranston’s free-kick was deflected through to Lincoln keeper Matt Gilks.

Akinde headed the ball across to Andrade, and having seen his first shot blocked by Conlan, he was first to the loose ball and swept it past Halstead.

To their credit, the Shrimps tried to get a foothold in the game but they could not find their way past a strong defence

The nearest they came was on 81 minutes when a corner ended with Gilks somehow clawing away Ritchie Sutton’s effort.

Gilks also held an Aaron Collins shot, while at the other end, Halstead held Tom Pett’s scuffed attempt as the visitors gained a deserved three points.

Morecambe: Halstead, Mills, Sutton, Old, Conlan, Kenyon, Cranston (Mandeville 58), Mingoia, Mendes Gomes (Collins 58), Ellison (Dalby 86), Bennett. Subs not used: Roche, Oates, McKay, Hedley.

Lincoln City: Gilks, Eardley, Shackell, Bostwick, Toffolo, O’Connor (Bolger 84), O’Hara, Andrade (McCartan 71), Rowe, Pett, Akinde (Rhead 74). Subs not used: Vickers, Frecklington, Angol, Roberts.

Referee: Martin Coy.

Attendance: 2,352.

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