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MORECAMBE 1-1 MANSFIELD TOWN

8 February 2020

A late goal from Alex Kenyon earned the Shrimps a battling point at the Globe Arena.

The popular midfielder turned home a Jordan Cranston corner five minutes from time to level after Joe Riley had given the visitors the lead on the hour.

Morecambe boss Derek Adams had made two changes to the side beaten at Cheltenham Town a week earlier with Ryan Cooney and John O’Sullivan back in the starting line up ahead of Christian Mbulu and Jordan Slew who were on the bench.

Morecambe started the better without creating too many clear chances.

Adam Phillips was the first to threaten midway through the half but after breaking into the box he was denied by a brave save from Bobby Olejnik.

Stockton had two shots blocked before Mansfield threatened in the final five minutes of the half when Kelland Watts’ header was blocked by Christoffer Mafoumbi and Sam Lavelle produced a fine block from Harry Charsley’s injury-time shot.

The second half began well for Morecambe with O’Sullivan, Stockton and Wildig all trying their luck from distance before Mansfield had their best spell of the game with Malvind Benning forcing a good save from Mafoumbi with a shot from 30 yards.

Charsley clipped an effort wide and Ryan Sweeney saw a curler cleared off the line by Cooney before the Stags opened the scoring. Benning swung over a deep free-kick which was met by Kristin Pearce and although his header was saved by Mafoumbi he could only push the ball into the path of Riley who scored from close range.

Adams made three changes with Kenyon, Slew and Christian Mbulu coming off the bench and the Shrimps began to fight their way back into the game.

Kenyon had a half-volley held, while Stockton fired over before the Shrimps finally got the goal they deserved when the former reacted sharply from a Cranston corner to score from close range.

The Shrimps then had a golden chance to win the gammon injury time when Jordan Slew was free in the box only to see his effort well saved by Olejnik.

Morecambe: Mafoumbi, Cooney, Old, Lavelle, Cranston, Diagouraga, Phillips, Mendes-Gomes (rep Mbulu 71), Wildig (rep Slew 71), O’Sullivan (rep Kenyon 61), Stockton. Subs not used: Halstead, Conlan, Bradbury.

Mansfield Town: Olejnik, Pearce, Sweeney, Watts, Riley (rep Clarke 82), Bishop, Charsley, Tomlinson, Benning, Maynard (rep Hamilton 76), Rose (rep Davies 90). Subs not used: Stone, Preston, Evans, Knowles.

Referee: Scott Oldham.

Attendance: 1,965.


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